August 2023 – County Councillor Reports
Below are the monthly reports from your County Councillors for the Radyr & Morganstown Ward.
Cllr Calum Davies – August report
Received by the Web Team on 1 September 2023
Cardiff Bus changes
From Sunday 3rd September, a new Cardiff Bus timetable will be in place across the city. This has come as a result of a lack of funding and income because of the consequences of the Labour Government and Labour Council policies. This has included cuts to routes and frequency.
Fortunately, Radyr & Morganstown will retain the 63 bus and its frequency, although there have been minor changes to when the first bus starts and, therefore, pushing forward the point in the hour when the bus arrives. New timetable can be found here.
Whilst I am frustrated Ffordd y Berllan (among others) is no longer a stop, making the bus stop there virtually redundant, I am happy to see Westgate Street added as a stop. I had raised this with Cardiff Bus after many residents had been in touch with me saying it was preferable to stopping at Wood Street.
Drovers Way Park
I was informed this month that the site is due to be handed over to the parks department in mid-September with drainage works completed by then. The parks team are prepared to start work soon after on refurbishment, estimated to take three months.
Replacement Local Development Plan
It was good to see a big turnout at the replacement LDP event in the New School Rooms this month. Disappointingly, the event was not the consultation exercise we were expecting (as had been advertised) but it was a good way of getting the community together to discuss their shared feelings towards the LDP. Those who wish to respond to the consultation have until 5th October to do so at cardiffldp.co.uk. While the preferred strategy of the Council does not include new land, believing it has sufficient supply in the existing land bank, two candidate sites in Radyr are still on the register.
My next councillor surgery will be at the Castle Room, Old Church Rooms, Park Road from 5:30-7pm on Tuesday 31st October. No need to book an appointment but feel free to get in touch with me in advance.
Cllr Helen Lloyd Jones – August Report
Received by the Web Team on 2 September 2023
Congratulations to the pupils in Radyr and to the staff in Radyr Comprehensive. Radyr Comp had 15 students, who had 12 or more A* at GSCE an outstanding achievement and 74% had 5 of more A* to C grades.
At A level 61% had A* to A in at least 3 A levels, and 17 students had 3 or more A*s.
The grapevine is also telling us that those of our youngsters who are in other schools in Cardiff have also done very well. Congratulations to you all. We wish you every success in the future.
For those of you who didn’t get what you had hoped for, please don’t worry. Sometimes Life gets in the way, but Life does work out. Always used to point out to my children that we loved our dog just because we loved him, and he hadn’t passed any exams. It’s really important to remember that we are all special.
You do have choices. Try again or have a look around for other options. The site below may be helpful.
What’s Next? – ‘Get Job Ready’ Opportunities (google.com)
The next one will be on September 30th at 2.00 pm. It will be in the Kings Road, Windsor Crescent and Station Road area. We (possibility of Mark Drakeford and /or Kevin Brennan may join me) will be meeting up in Windsor Gardens before we start. You are welcome to find us there.
Redrow at Plasdwr
The intention is to have another meeting with Redrow in September with both Councillors.
1. Smell of sewage along Clos Parc Radur road. FIRST PRIORITY
We are delighted that pipework has been replaced and that the new pipework is lined. We very much hope that this problem is solved.
2. Grassed area in front of St Philbert Street. THIRD PRIORITY
The grass has been cut but we have not heard whether there has been any change to the attenuation tanks under the grass. I have met the relevant council official
Several of the residents have complained. The signage is poor, sometimes non-existent, sometimes incomplete and sometimes pointing in the wrong way. I have written to Redrow and Bellway to ask for the signage to be improved.
4. Restoration of road surface on Radyr Farm Road.
No change here.
5. Road surfaces not made up on the estate, such as at Clos y Fwyalchen Wen
No action point discussed. Need to follow up.
6. Rubbish from the site blowing over Heol Isaf
A request was made that the site should make their materials more secure, so they were less likely to blow away.
A request was made that following every high wind, a sweep would be made of Heol Isaf to remove any litter blown over from the site.
The request to do a litter sweep following high winds was accepted. Not yet happening automatically. Irritatingly since this continues to be an annoyance to the community.
Councillor Tyrone Davies Chair of Radyr and Morganstown Community Council and who is also a resident of Fisher Hill came with me on August 18th to meet representatives from TfW and Amey the lead contractor and some residents being affected by the work at Fisher Hill.
The meeting was productive. The Principal Contractor Manager for AMEY made several very constructive comments, following input from everyone present which the Project Manager will implement.
So far, since then I have not received any more complaints about the noise and the problems. Hopefully the contractors will continue to be more considerate.
Maes y Bryn
Maes y Bryn suffers from noise coming from the M4. No further developments since June
No further progress since June
Save Cwm Farm
The sale of the land is on hold while waiting for Probate to be sorted.
There is a project Coed Caerdydd which is involved with planting more trees in Cardiff.
The meeting with Coed Caerdydd in July was cancelled. Hope to reschedule it for September or early October. There is no funding for buying land from the project. I have also contacted another company to discuss the possibility of an environment grant.
The Save the Cwm Farm group has written to the Estate Agent who was dealing with the sale to express the community’s interest in the land and to establish exactly what the situation is.
Save the Cwm Farm group could use this period of time to set themselves up as a charity so they can apply for large grants.
Concerns with the use of Gelynis Farm Lane by Enormous Low Loaders
Cllr Davies and I have met with TfW and hopefully this has now been addressed. We have had no further feedback from residents.
Fence between M4 and Maes y Crofft
This is deteriorating and in places collapsed. It has been reported. It is now on Cardiff Council’s to do list.
Cherry Trees Windsor Crescent
No progress on this at present. Now in this dry weather is not a good time to plant a tree.
Cherry Tree Dan y Bryn Avenue
There is a trunk of a cherry tree where the path goes into Dan y Bryn Woods. Have asked if it can be removed and replaced by a young cherry.
Fence down on Radyr Farm Lane by entry to Plas Y Mynach
Reported. It is still down.
Land Parcel between Ash Tree Close and Walnut Tree Close
Several issues, all reported. Some to do with the footpath, some to do with overgrowth and one to do with keeping the stream flowing properly. Have had the opportunity of showing this parcel of land with the stream to officers who are involved with this type of issue.
Mud and Overgrowth on Golf Club Lane
Reported. Have been told it is going to be cut back. Part by the Golf Club is done, probably by the Golf Club. Thank you. Think a lot of walkers are cutting overhanging brambles back themselves.
Playground Drover’s Way SECOND PRIORITY
Have been advised that the work needed to sort the drainage out in the park will go to tender either 2nd or 9th September.
Woodfield Avenue and Lime Close
Residents are concerned that the traffic during school hours is making it impossible for emergency vehicles to enter the Avenue. The police have advised us that elsewhere in Cardiff near schools cameras are being used to take the number plates of the vehicles entering the lanes by the schools. Vehicle owners who are not linked with the lanes are then contacted by the police. I have asked if this scheme could be considered for Woodfield Avenue and Lime Close.
Throughout Radyr and Morganstown
Buses FOURTH PRIORITY
No major change as yet but have had a provisional offer that all the buses into Radyr should go as far as Ffordd y Berllan. This would be an improvement to the current situation. Have been advised that Radyr and Morganstown WI is organising a petition, if people wish to sign or help, they can email Mary Pearce email@example.com and she will get back to them.