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Summary of News Items on http://radyr.org.uk

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Design a Crown Competition

Details are now being confirmed for the events in Radyr & Morganstown over the double Bank Holiday Weekend at the beginning of June to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Beacon Lighting Event

In the Grounds of Radyr Comprehensive School on Thursday 2 June 2022, 18.00 to 22.20

An event for all the family. Starting at 18.00 with Children’s entertainment and the judging of the Design a Crown competition (see below).

From 19.00 there will be live music from the Melingriffith Brass Band and the Porthcawl Ukulele Band – bring you picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The RMA Bar and BBQs will also be open throughout the evening. 21.45 we join sites across the UK in lighting the Jubilee Beacon before at 22.00 a fabulous Fireworks display. 22.20 Close

Whilst there will be limited parking on-site we ask that those who are able walk to the site to minimise traffic and allow those with access needs to use the available parking.

Design a Crown Competition

As part of the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations there will be a crown making competition. Design and make a crown out of recycled materials to be judged on Thursday 2 June at the Jubilee Beacon Lighting event.

Three categories:

  • Nursery and Reception
  • Year 1-3
  • Year 4-6

Prizes for 1st and 2nd place will include a book token and the opportunity to plant a tree in Radyr & Morganstown as part of the Jubilee Canopy

Start collecting materials and get designing.

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Over £5,000 raised for Headway Cardiff and South East Wales

Thank you to everyone who attended and assisted with the events of the Radyr & Morganstown Festival over the past two weeks.
We announced at the Closing Concert last night an interim total of £5,000 for our Festival Charity Headway Cardiff & South East Wales with more money still coming in and to be counted we expect this total to rise further over the coming weeks.

For a flavour of what went on across the Fortnight and to see our highlight photos visit the Festival Website – https://rmfestival.org.uk

#RMFestival2022

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Change to Llantrisant Road Roadworks

First we have the temporary lights which have been on Llantrisant Road this week which we now have confirmation they will remain over the weekend and for Monday to allow the work by Western Power Distribution to be completed.

  • Saturday; 0800 start, lights to remain out overnight (manned 0800 to 1900)
  • Sunday: works recommence at 0900. Switch back of the lights at 18.00/19.00  (manned 0800 to 1900)
  • Monday: temporary lights 0930 to 1500 for works to be completed.

Whilst this work was initially denied by Plasdwr to be anything to do with their development this has since been clarified as enabling works by Western Power rather than directly by a Plasdwr contractor and so the Plasdwr engagement teams were not able to alert residents to the works in advance.

ClosParc Radur junction with Llantrisant Road

The following notice has been published by the Plasdwr team this afternoon (Friday 13 May) relating to the works a little further out on Llantrisant Road.

Next week, there will be a change to the traffic management arrangements on Clos Parc Radur and Llantrisant Road.

Temporary, three-way lights will be installed on the Clos Parc Radur and Llantrisant Road junction to allow out contractors to safely carry out essential gas diversion works.

Although our contractors always endeavour to carry out works during off-peak times, these lights will need to be in operation during peak times on some days next week. This is to avoid any interruption to gas flow for residents while they’re switched over to the new supply, but we do recognise this will result in some inevitable traffic congestion. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

The lights will be in place throughout next week with anticipated operating hours as follows:

  • Monday 16 May: 7am – 6pm
  • Tuesday 17 May: 9:30am – 3pm
  • Wednesday 18 May: 9:30am – 3pm
  • Thursday 19 May: 7am – 6pm
  • Friday 20 May: 7am – 6pm

We will return to the current, temporary junction arrangement after this.

Our contractors have also been working to install water utilities on Clos Parc Radur with two-way traffic management in place. These lights will be removed this evening and will be re-installed on Thursday 19th May for two days to finalise these works.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience these works are causing for local residents; as always, our contractors are working hard to complete them as quickly as possible.

Congratulations to our two new County Councillors

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Congratulations to our two new County Councillors:

  • Calum Davies (Welsh Conservative Party) and
  • Helen Lloyd Jones (Welsh Labour)

who have been elected to represent the Radyr & Morganstown Ward on the Cardiff County Council.

The official results can be seen on the Cardiff Council website.

Photo of Helen (L) and Calum (R) together on the stage at the announcement of the election results.

Shortly after the declaration Calum said:

“I am delighted to be elected onto Cardiff Council to represent this beautiful part of the city. I worked hard to win this seat and will continue to do so in the name of residents to deliver on the priorities we discussed during the campaign from opposing more excessive development, fixing our parks, and restoring bus routes. Thanks to everyone who voted for me and all those who engaged positively over the last six months. I look forward to meeting more people in the ward and encourage residents to get in touch with anything we can help with.”

Community Council Elections

The Community Council elections were also scheduled for 5 May. However, these seat were all elected unopposed.

Radyr North Ward

  • Huw Onllwyn Jones
  • David Suthers
  • Ralph Vaughan
  • Martin Williams (Plaid Cymru, Green Party, Common Ground)

Radyr South Ward

  • Tyrone Davies
  • Michelle Lenton-Johnson
  • Helen Lloyd Jones
  • Vina Patel

Morganstown Ward

  • Julia Charles
  • Allan Cook
  • David Silver

As there is still a vacancy in the Morganstown Ward we understand that the Community Council will begin the Co-option process to fill this vacancy in due course.

 

#RMFestival2022 Programmes now available

The printed programmes for the 2022 Radyr & Morganstown Festival are now making their way around Radyr & Morganstown in the April edition of the Radyr Chain. Full details of all events are also now published on the Festival Website – https://rmfestival.org.uk

Also included in you copy of the Chain is your first book of Raffle Tickets. There are a fabulous array of prizes on offer, many donated by local businesses. Completed ticket stubs, and payment, can be returned to the Festival Box Office in the Little Flower Den on Heol Isaf who can also provide tickets to the key events in this year’s packed schedule of events.

The Queen’s Plantinum Jubilee

Diary Marker 📅 Thursday 2 June 📅

The Radyr & Morganstown Platinum Jubilee Committee (with members from the RMA and the Community Council) have been meeting to arrange events for the Jubilee Weekend.

Beacon Lighting and Family Fun Evening with fireworks

Among their exciting plans is participation in the UK Wide Beacon Lighting with an event in the grounds of Radyr Comprehensive School on the evening of Thursday 2 June 2022.

The evening will start around 18.30 with a crown making competition and entertainment specifically for the younger residents. Through the evening come and enjoy your picnic with support of the RMA BBQ and Bar open – or simply bring your own. Live music and entertainment all evening from local acts until the Beacon is lit at 21:45 and then the Fireworks display can begin!

Keep the date free, more details to follow. #HM70 #PlatinumJubilee


Street Parties – The Big Lunch

Have you considered holding a Street Party to get your neighbours together over the Jubilee Weekend.

The Eden Project Communities are holding their annual Big Lunch during the Jubilee Weekend and encouraging everyone to get involved.

Find out more and download an information pack – https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/the-big-jubilee-lunch

Are you ready for the local elections?

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The local council elections including the representatives to the Primary Council and our Community Council will be held on Thursday 5 May 2022.

The official Notice of Election has been published on the Cardiff Council website.

In order to help voters decide who to vote for in the County Council elections, the RMA have organised a hybrid hustings event for Monday 25 April 2022 starting at 19.30. You can either attend on-site at the Old Church Rooms or online via Zoom (UPDATE: Video of event now available on the RMA YouTube Channel).

Send your questions through in advance to Hustings@radyr.org.uk and our moderator will then pose these questions to your candidates. Tune in to watch the candidates answers live – or watch again afterwards.

Our long-standing County Councillor, Cllr Rod McKerlich, is stepping down in this election. He will be replaced by 2 new representatives on the County Council for the Radyr & Morganstown Ward following the increase in councillors to reflect the increased population in our Ward.

There are also the 12 seats on the Community Council to be filled and these are all up for nomination & election this May (UPDATE: Due to a low number of nominations, the Community Council Seats have been filled uncontested).

Who can I vote for and Where do I vote?

The Democracy Club aims to provide accurate, non-partisan information on every election and candidate across the UK. Their widget, below, offers free impartial information about who is standing in our area.

Have you registered to vote?

Finally, a reminder that Thursday 14 April is also the last possible date to register to vote in these elections.

If you have not yet registered, it is quick and easy either online or by post – https://gov.uk/register-to-vote 

 

Canvassing from Wales Air Ambulance Lottery

Air Ambulance Logo

A notice passed on from our Neighbourhood policing team:

The Welsh Air Ambulance will be canvassing Pentyrch, Radyr and Taffs Well (CF15 postcodes) area between the 28th February and 6th March 2022.

The canvassers are recruiting new members to join the weekly Wales Air Ambulance Lottery. They will not be collecting any cash or taking any donations. The new members they sign up agree to play/join via direct debit or cheque.

The canvassers will be dressed in some or all of the uniform listed, red jackets with Wales Air Ambulance logo displayed front left breast, red Wales Air Ambulance branded fleeces and red polo shirts with Wales Air Ambulance displayed front left breast and carry picture ID cards.

The canvassers usually operate Monday – Friday between the hours of 10am and 8pm and occasionally at weekends.

This will be legitimate canvassing and there will be no need to contact 101 regarding cold calling. If residents do not want to participate they can refuse and any residents with cold calling stickers can point to these and the canvassers should move on.

You can read more about the Wales Air Ambulance lottery on their website – https://www.walesairambulance.com/pages/faqs/category/lottery-faqs

Are you registered to vote?

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5 May 2022 will see elections for both the principal council (Cardiff County Council) and the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council.

To be able to vote in an election in Wales, you need to be registered to vote. Registering to vote is quick and easy.

It makes sure you’re able to use your voice on election day, to decide who you want making decisions that affect your part of Wales.

Register online

You need to be 14 or over to register to vote in Senedd and local elections in Wales.

You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number, but you can still register if you don’t have one.

Register to vote

Voters have until 14 April 2022 to register in order to be eligible to vote in the May 2022 elections.

Apply for a Postal Vote

Not going to be around on polling day? One option is to apply for a Postal Vote.

Apply for a postal vote

Once you’ve added your details, post it to your local Electoral Registration Office.

Visit www.gov.uk/contact-electoral-registration-office to find your local office.

Further information

To find out which elections you can vote in visit the Electoral Commission website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/which-elections-can-i-vote

Welcome to your vote

Foodbank Collection

Cardiff Foodbank Logo

A very big thank you for the many generous donations of food received in November which resulted in two cars full of food weighing 240 kg being delivered to the Cardiff Foodbank warehouse ahead of Christmas.

Members of Radyr Methodist Church are collecting donations for the Foodbank again. Please place any donations of food in the boxes which will be outside each of the following addresses between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February 2022:

  • 30 Pentwyn, Radyr CF15 8RE;
  • 20 Walnut Tree Close, Radyr CF15 8SX; and
  • 13 Heol Roald Dahl, Radyr CF15 8GT.

The foodbank particularly need –

  • CUSTARD
  • BISCUITS
  • MILK (UHT LONG LIFE 1 LITRE)
  • FRUIT JUICE (LONG LIFE) 1 LITRE
  • TINNED POTATOES
  • SPONGE PUDDINGS
  • JARS OF COFFEE (110G-250G)
  • MICROWAVEABLE RICE
  • SAVOURY SNACKS (CRISPS, CRACKERS ETC)
  • RICE PUDDING
  • CHOCOLATE BARS
  • ANTI BACTERIAL SPRAY/BLEACH
  • DEODORANT

Rising prices for goods and energy will continue to impact many families over the coming months. Please consider giving generously to avoid people going hungry. Thank you.

Radyr’s last remaining green space under threat

Cardiff Council are revising their Local Development Plan (LDP) and the proposals could very possibly lead to the loss of all the fields between Pant Tawel Lane and Rhydlafar.

Stage 2 of the Replacement LDP “Strategic Options” is out for consultation until 8 February 2022 and seeks residents’ views on options to increase the currently proposed numbers of jobs and houses in Cardiff. Any of the options could include adding the green spaces off Pant Tawel Lane to the ‘candidate site register’ for future development.

The recently formed Radyr and Morganstown Local Development Group, made up of concerned residents, have submitted a response to Cardiff Council challenging the justification for any increase in the current predicted housing requirements.

Please see the group’s webpage for more information and their response to Cardiff Council. Please also consider making YOUR views known by responding to the Consultation.


The Radyr and Morganstown Association (RMA) have dedicated their next meeting to discussion around the Revised Local Development Plan, what it means for the local community and how you can get involved..

Cardiff Council adopted the current LDP (which brought in Plasdwr) in 2016. They are now working on developing a revised LDP which will cover the period 2026-36. A number of potential development sites in and around Radyr & Morganstown are being considered in the new plan. The RMA is very concerned at what is being proposed and will be opposing the inclusion of these sites.

The meeting will be addressed by members of the RMA, the newly formed Radyr and Morganstown Local Development Group, the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council and the North West Cardiff Group.

RMA meetings are open to all. Come along to be briefed on what is happening and how everyone can get involved.

We hope the meeting will be held in the Old Church Rooms starting at 7:30pm on 21 February 2022, a Zoom link will also be available for those unable to attend in person.

Pilot scheme for segregated recycling

Four thousand homes across Cardiff to take part in a pilot scheme to test ways in which recycling rates across the city might be improved – and 1,000 of these are in Radyr and Morganstown.

The scheme is part of a review of waste collections in Wales’ capital designed to hit Welsh Government recycling targets by 2025 and to make Cardiff one of the greenest and cleanest cities in the UK.

Since this announcement was made by Cardiff Council earlier in December, your Web Team have been seeking some answers to the burning questions about this pilot scheme.

The following is based on the answers we have been able to get to your questions through County Councillor Rod McKerlich and the Team at Cardiff Council responsible for the recycling pilots.

Why is a new scheme required?

Cardiff is currently the leading, major regional city in the UK for recycling. On average since 2018, 58% of waste produced in the city is recycled or composted. However, Welsh Government has tasked Cardiff with increasing this rate to 64% as quickly as possible and to 70% by 2025.

Although co-mingled recycling – placing all recyclable items into the green bags as we do now – is easy to do, the levels of contamination have proven to be too high despite various education programmes. Right now, when we look at the total amount of non-recyclable waste processed, 8% is made up of rejects from our recycling collection and process. The industry average is 2%. Analysis carried out in 2019/20 identified 10,000 tonnes of recycling were lost due to contamination. This alone could have increased our recycling rate by 3%.

What are the objectives of the new scheme?

The objectives of the pilot scheme are:

  • To measure how much recycling is collected and determine the number of vehicles that would be required if the pilot was expanded citywide;
  • To assess the levels of contamination received via the three-stream pilot, in comparison with the current co-mingled waste collection;
  • To understand residents’ views on using reusable bags;
  • To understand any impact on street cleanliness in pilot areas;
  • To assess the size of the collection rounds and the time it will take to separate different materials against the current system; and
  • To identify the resources required and costs involved to expand the pilot citywide.

How do I know if I am involved in the pilot?

All properties included in the pilot will receive a letter from the council in early December, followed by a detailed leaflet on what they need to do and the reusable sacks will then be delivered between 10 and 24 January 2022. These pilot will then begin from 24 January 2021 with waste continuing to be collected on the usual day (Tuesdays in R&M) but using the new collection methods.

Specifically in Radyr & Morganstown there will be around 1,000 properties which will be some, but not all, of the properties that were previously involved in the Blue bin pilot for the segregated recycling of glass items.

What should residents do if they have more recycling than the new containers can hold?

Additional reusable bags and caddies will be available on request. However, the reusable sacks do hold a large volume of materials, and the recycling will be split across 3 containers. As such, we will be encouraging residents to give the scheme a try before deciding whether they need an additional sack or caddy.

Customer feedback is important to us, we will be consulting those on the trial in March, once residents have been using the scheme for some time. In the meantime, the web page referenced in the letter to residents (www.cardiff.gov.uk/recyclingpilot) provides details regarding how residents can provide feedback.

With regards to cardboard, we ask that this is folded and placed in your sacks wherever possible (it is important to try to keep cardboard dry to enable it to be recycled). Exceptionally large pieces of cardboard should either be broken down or taken to a HWRC, but crews will be instructed to take cardboard from alongside bags as they do at present.

Shredded paper can be placed loose within the blue sack.

How can I give feedback on the pilot?

The Council will ask for feedback on the trial in March, but it is likely to continue beyond this date. If successful, it will take some time to roll out city-wide. It is not possible to give definitive dates at this time.

Customer feedback is important to us, as such we will be issuing new, improved blue caddies. We did consult residents regarding the glass trial, and found that the shape of the previous caddy allowed water to enter it. Also, some residents found that one caddy was insufficient for a fortnightly collection. As such, we will be issuing a new design caddy and collecting caddies weekly. Old caddies can be used for surplus glass, repurposed as desired or recycled in the plastics skip at your local HWRC . Additional caddies will also be available if you still have surplus glass.

For those involved in the pilot, there will be a public survey for you to share your views about how the pilot works for you. This will be open in March once you have been using the scheme for some time.

When we asked about the ability for those not directly involved in the pilot to give their views about how the scheme was working and how it affected those surrounding the pilot area we were told:

You can also feedback by contacting C2C 029 2087 2087 or by using the online contact form.

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas to all from the RMA Web Team.

We hope you enjoyed Santa’s visit on 10 December. Thank you to Santa and his elves for a busy night travelling around the whole village. The bucket collections raised £416.34. If you still wish to give, then you can do so through our JustGiving page for Heaway Cardiff & South East Wales.

We understand that, at the time of writing, there is still time to enter the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council’s Christmas Lights Competition.

The Christmas Activity page also lists all of the Church Services planned at Radyr Methodist Church and Christ Church, Radyr over the festive season.

 

RMCC Seeks new Senior Clerk – Paid Opportunity

Radyr & Morganstown Community Council is looking to appoint a self-motivated and well-organised individual who will be able to bring experience to the position of Senior Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

This is a part-time post of 23 hours per week, working from the Community Council office at the Old Church Rooms (Radyr) with some regular evening meetings.

The main duties of the post require attendance at all meetings of the Council, preparing agendas, taking minutes, dealing with all correspondence, actioning the council’s decisions, keeping parts of our website up to date and acting as the Council’s responsible financial officer maintaining all financial records. The role will also involve liaison with the council’s Consultant Accountant regarding financial matters and supervising the work of the Assistant Clerk.

The deadline for applications is now Monday 20 December 2021

View the full Job Advert, including details of how to apply and contact information:

For further information, please contact the Assistant Clerk at clerk@radyr.wales 

New bridge at the Burnt Mound in Radyr Woods

We are pleased to announce that a new bridge has been installed near the Burnt Mound in Radyr Woods.

Radyr Woods Wardens, working together with Cardiff Conservation Volunteers spent 21 November rebuilding the bridge as well as clearing vegitation including some of the overgrowth overhanging the stream. The combined team also removed blockages from the stream allowing the water to flow through easily. What a great day!

The bridge is near to what is known on the map as the “Burnt Mound”. This a prehistoric – possibly Bronze Age – pile of stones used by our ancestors to heat water. The stones were heated and thrown into the water. It used to be thought of a a cooking area, but the latest thoughts by English Heritage is that it is a type of Sauna.

The Radyr Wood Wardens are a volunteer group who have regular working parties to maintain this local woodland and ensure that it continues to be a safe and enjoyable green space right on our doorstep. If you are interested in joining the volunteer wardens, see more about what they do and the date of their next working party then see their pages on this website or contact the Clerk to the Community Council.
Map showing location of Memorial Bridge

Christmas Events 2021

Christmas is coming and there is lots to look forward to across Radyr & Morganstown.

The Christmas lights will soon be going up along Station Road and down Heol Isaf – starting on 15 November 2021. There will also be the usual 3 outdoor Christmas Trees illuminated in

  • GrannyPark (Morganstown);
  • Lychgate Gardens (Radyr Sidings); and
  • Windsor Gardens (Opposite Station Road, Radyr).

These will start to be lit as they are in place to help generate a festive spirit from as early as possible.

Update 02/12/2021 – Unfortunately the weather forecast is now against us and so the organising committee have decided to cancel tomorrow’s 🎄Christmas Lights across Radyr & Morganstown🎄 Event. However, there is still plenty of Christmas fun to be had over the next few weeks.

The Christmas Lights across Radyr and Morganstown event will be held on Friday 3 December 2021.

Starting around 18.00 with the singing of carols around the 3 trees, we then gather in Station Road around 19.00 where Kat from Headway Cardiff and South East Wales will introduce our community charity for the year before getting your help to encourage Santa to come out and say hello.

There will also be the usual selection of stalls down Station Road, the RMA BBQ for hotdogs and burgers, freshly brewed mulled wine and hot chocolate. Santa will also be making a visit for the little ones (and big ones) to say a quick hello.

Santa and his Sleigh have been invited by the Radyr & Morganstown Community Council. The sleigh will tour Radyr & Morganstown on Friday 10 December 2021.

Full route and anticipated timings for Santa’s tour are now available.

To assist with COVID safety and Road Safety please do not attempt to approach Santa when he is travelling in his sleigh but he will be accompanied by some elves collecting for the RMA Charity for 2021-22 – Headway Cardiff and South East Wales.

Unfortunately there will be no Pantomime in the Old Church Rooms this year.

The Radyr & Morganstown Community Council are bringing back their successful Christmas Lights competition. Last year there were a healthy number of entries and we hope that the competition will again encourage houses to get dressed up for Christmas. Full competitions details including how to enter can be found on the Community Council website.

Christmas Services

Both Radyr Methodist Church and Christ Church Radyr will be holding in-person Christmas Services. However, numbers will be more limited than are traditionally possible as we try to keep our community safe whilst getting together as much as we can. 

The services in the Parish of Radyr will include: 

  • 12 December 6.00pm – Christingle, Christ Church
  • 18 December 6.00pm – Nine Lessons and Carols, Christ Church
  • 17 December 6.00pm – Christingle & Carol Service, St John’s Danescourt
  • 24 December (Christmas Eve) 5.00pm – Crib Service, Christ Church (Children please come dressed as shepherds, angels or wise men)
  • 24 December (Christmas Eve) 9.00pm – First Eucharist of Christmas, St John’s Danescourt
  • 24 December (Christmas Eve) 11.30pm  – Midnight Communion, Christ Church  
  • 25 December (Christmas Day) 9.15am – Christmas Morning, St Johns
  • 25 December (Christmas Day) 11.00am – Christmas Morning, Christ Church 

Radyr Methodist Church will be holding: 

  • 12 December 10:30am Christingle Service 
  • 12 December 3:00pm Empty Chair Service – a space for those mourning a loved one this Christmas at the end of which we will turn on the tree of lights outside the church 
  • 19 December 10:30am Nativity Service in Church 
  • 19 December 3:00pm Live Nativity at Amelia Trust Farm 

Can you give to the Cardiff Foodbank?

Cardiff Foodbank Logo

Members of Radyr Methodist Church are collecting donations for Cardiff Foodbank again. Please place any donations of food in the boxes which will be outside the following addresses between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 November-

  • 30 Pentwyn, Radyr CF15 8RE,
  • 20 Walnut Tree Close, Radyr CF15 8SX,
  • 13 Heol Roald Dahl, Radyr CF15 8GT.

The foodbank particularly need:

  • Milk (UHT Long Life – 1 Litre);
  • Fruit Juice (Long Life) 1 Litre
  • Sponge Puddings
  • Jars of Instant Coffee (110g-250g)
  • Microwaveable Rice
  • Confectionery (Chocolate/Sweets)
  • Savoury Snacks (Crisps, Crackers, etc…)
  • Rice Pudding
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant

Rising prices for goods and energy will impact many families over the coming months. Please consider giving generously to avoid people going hungry. Thank you.

Consultation – Cardiff’s Bus Strategy

Cardiff Bus

Cardiff Council are running a consultation on their new Bus Strategy.

The new strategy aims to double the number of people who use buses in Cardiff, and the consultation seeks views on how bus services within the city can improve in order to reach this target.

The eight-week consultation (ending around Friday 10 December) seeks views on Cardiff Council’s nine-point strategy to improve bus services in the city for both residents and commuters, including:

  • Introducing cheaper fares;
  • Working with Transport for Wales (TfW) to develop an integrated ticketing system which works with the Metro;
  • Getting more low-emission buses on the road;
  • Building infrastructure which will make bus travel easier and quicker; and
  • Creating a better customer service.

Fill in the short survey and give your views today

In releasing this consultation Cardiff Council have stated

We’ve been highlighting the need for better bus priority measures across the city which will help us with our battle against traffic congestion, and as a result improve our reliability.  We know that service reliability with predictable journey times is very important to you and infrastructure that allows us to deliver this for you is now more critical than ever.  If we have the infrastructure to operate on time, every time, it will make moving around our city by bus a real and credible alternative.  With more effective bus priority measures we believe that the Council will reach their target.

We all have our part to play in tacking the climate change agenda – and making more journeys by bus can be your part to play in making Cardiff, and the World, a greener place.

Therefore, we’re asking you to take part in the Council’s survey to give your views.  Your contribution will help shape the future of bus travel in Cardiff, so please have your say.

Remember – on time, every time is only achievable with effective bus infrastructure and priority. 

Cardiff Council’s nine-point strategy includes:

1)     Finish and build the required infrastructure: This involves the completion of the Central Bus Interchange and building three Transport Interchanges at Waungron Road in Fairwater, Parkway Station in St Mellons, and at the University Hospital of Wales in Heath. A new park and ride facility will also be built off the M4 at junction 33 and options will be explored for another interchange facility at Junction 32 to displace traffic off the A470.

2)     New Bus priority ‘smart’ corridors: Several ‘smart’ bus corridors have been identified, including a cross-city route and a possible orbital route to a wider range of destinations without needing to travel into the city centre to go from one side of the city to the other. Services would be more frequent, using electric-powered buses in inner city areas or in areas where there are existing air-quality issues, with quality facilities available on-board for customers to use, and improved information available at bus stops.

3)     City centre package: As well as the completion of the Central Interchange, further plans involve the creation of a number of transport hubs around the city, so that customers can interchange between train, bus, cycling and walking. There will be a clear prioritised ‘city centre loop’ for buses, well-located bus stops and facilities for customers to use.

4)     Integrating with the Metro, integrated ticketing and clear information for customers: These plans include delivering a single, integrated ticket that can be used on trains and with different bus companies. This will make it easier for people to interchange between train, bus and active travel. The council will continue to develop segregated cycleways and deliver improvements to footways. Signage and on-street information will also be improved so that people can understand how they can move around the city by interchanging between different modes of travel.

5)     Integrated affordable fares: To ensure travel by bus is appealing, the price structure has to be correct and may require prices to be capped. A review will be carried out to establish a single fare structure, including looking at £1 fares and off peak reductions. It is important that tickets can be transferred so they can be used on services, regardless of the company that operates the bus route.

6)     Review on the governance and funding for the bus network: This involves the long-term options of integrating bus networks, including looking at franchising and partnerships that could arise in the future through Welsh Government legislation.

7)     Creating a better customer service: Ensuring that buses deliver a high level of comfort and are digitally connected for customers to make bus travel a more enjoyable experience.

8)     Low emission/zero carbon fleet: Increasing the number of zero carbon buses into the bus fleet at a faster rate. Further analysis will also take place on the whole system costs and benefits of electric buses compared with diesel-powered buses which can be used for funding bids.

9)     Integration of school transport: The plans include making school transport cheaper and easier to use for all school children, while meeting all statutory requirements for children entitled to free bus travel. This will also involve closer integration between travel by bus and active travel plans that have or are being developed in each school.

Introducing Headway Cardiff and South East Wales

Headway Cardiff & South East Wales helps people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. Acquired Brain Injury can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Lives can be changed in an instant. Headway Cardiff & South East Wales supports individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to regain their independence and help their families, friends and carers adapt to a new way of life. They offer social groups, life skills sessions, counselling, an Information & Outreach service and an Independence & Wellbeing Centre, all based at Rookwood Hospital.

The Radyr & Morganstown Association (RMA) is proud and delighted to have chosen this Charity for its next round of fundraising, which will start at the Christmas lighting event on Friday 3rd December 2021 and run through the May Festival until Summer 2022.

Why not come along to the talk by Kat Jones, Fundraising and Communications Manager for Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, on Monday 22 November 2021 to hear about the Charity’s work and also hear about the RMAs increasing local events and activities as restrictions on activities and gatherings continue to lift.

Read more about Headway Cardiff & South East Wales on their website – https://headwaycardiff.com/ or Follow them on Twitter – @HeadwayCardiff

Donate to Headway Cardiff and South East Wales (JustGiving)

Final Total for Tenovus Cancer Care

Thank you to everyone who has donated to events across Radyr & Morganstown for the RMA’s Charity Tenovus Cancer Care whose time is now coming to an end.

We are pleased to announce that the grand total raised for the charity was £4,800

The eagle eyed will notice this photo has previously been published in the August 2020 Chain at the end of our first year of support for Tenovus. Whilst we have counted all of the cash the final, oversize, cheque is still to be presented from the RMA to Rosanne Holmes on behalf of the Radyr Friends of Tenovus

 


Preparations are underway for the RMA to work with their new charity for 2021-22 which will be Headway Cardiff & South East Wales including the Christmas Tree Lighting events, the Radyr & Morganstown Festival in May 2022 and much more – but more on that in due course.