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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.

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.

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.

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 weight limit restriction in Morganstown

An 18 month trial scheme will be starting on 12 October 2021. This will require HGV drivers of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes to obtain a permit to drive in the section of road between Pugh’s Garden Centre and the Ty Nant Inn.

Whilst the strict restriction only applies to a very short section of road, the idea is to make the new rules as enforceable as possible. This enforcement will include the installation of a camera to automatically recognise the licence plates of lorries using this section of road without a permit. A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued to any offenders.

Further information from Cardiff Council on the new scheme https://orlo.uk/MuHiS

Delivery permits can be applied for online​ using the Cardiff Council MiPermit service

To confirm that you have a legitimate requirement for access you will first have to apply for a delivery permit account.

You will need to upload evidence to show why you require access, such as:

  • A delivery schedule or contract, or
  • A covering letter on company headed paper detailing why access is required and signed by an appropriate person such as a manager or company director

Apply for a delivery access permit here: orlo.uk/YaWI1

At the time of drafting, the Web Team have asked Cardiff Council for clarification on how far beyond the restricted area will be considered as reasonable for permits to be issued as some residents have raised concerns that the restriction will simply increase traffic accessing Morganstown via the longer route through Radyr from Llantrisant Road rather than decreasing the overall traffic level sneaking through the village as a cut-through. The official permit zone is “All properties only accessible from Heol Isaf or Ty-Nant Road (south of its roundabout junction with Ty-Nant Court)

Radyr and Morganstown Good Neighbours seeks a Coordinator – Paid Opportunity

Interview at a desk with masks on

This new charity has been set up to meet the needs of all who live in the villages of Radyr and Morganstown. This is an exciting opportunity for you to be involved in this new venture.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, well organised person with excellent people skills to engage with all sections of the local community, identify needs, set up new services and recruit and support volunteers.

12 hours per week – flexible working
£23,088 (pro rata) per annum

If you think this might be for you, contact Vina Patel (Trustee) for enquiries and an application pack. E-mail: vinap69@googlemail.com

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome suitably experienced or qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2021

Background

Radyr & Morganstown Good Neighbours is a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales – 1195016

It was officially registered on 30 June 2021

The organisation’s registered charitable objects are:

To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of the villages of Radyr and Morganstown, Cardiff and the surrounding areas any purposes which are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales an in particular but without limitation to provide services to those persons who are in need by reason of their sickness, age or disability (without bias and regardless of gender, religion or belief, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation).


Updated Background

Since our initial post the following has been provided by the Trustees of Radyr & Morganstown Good Neighbours as background to the Charity and its intended work.

The Radyr and Morganstown Good Neighbours charity was established in 2021 and registered with the Charity Commission. It is run by a Board of Trustees.

The organisation’s purpose is to support people living in Radyr and Morganstown, including those who may be lonely or isolated or who want to make connections with others living locally. We would like to support older and disabled people as well as their families and carers.

We are keen to ensure that our activities and services reflect local need and wish to include ideas from residents of Radyr and Morganstown about what is needed to make our villages a great place to live. We envisage individuals getting involved with shaping, developing, and delivering the activities and services.

Some ideas so far include:

  • Providing information and answering queries
  • Signposting to services and activities
  • Practical support such as befriending, shopping, transport
  • Setting up activities and events such as support groups, coffee mornings, craft clubs and cultural celebrations
  • Delivering regular learning/ training events such as becoming tech savvy, gentle exercise, yoga, health and wellbeing

We are at a very exciting phase of the Charity and although the Trustees have a vision this can only be realised with community engagement and involvement.

Highway resurfacing in Morganstown

**Update 08/10/2021** – This work has been rescheduled by Cardiff Council for the third time and is now due to start on Wednesday 13 October.


Some residents of Morganstown will be receiving notification letters from Cardiff Council regarding upcoming works to apply a “Micro Asphalt Surface Treatment” to the highway in some streets in this area.

The work is currently scheduled to take 2 days (0800 – 1800) from Thursday 30 September 2021 although the exact dates will be displayed on site 3 days before commencement of works. Scheduled works can also be affected by weather conditions.

The roads affected include:

  • Heol Syr Lewis
  • Ravensbrook
  • Garth Close

This means that on Thursday and Friday access to the car park of Morganstown Village Hall may be affected by these works.

According to the Council webpage on Highway improvements:

What is happening?

In the next few days, weather permitting, the road outside your home will be given a new surface.
The treatment is called ‘Micro Asphalt’ and will improve the condition of your road for years to
come.

Why is this being done?

Although the road outside your property may appear fairly sound, areas of cracking and wear are
appearing and if left untreated the condition will deteriorate further.
Micro Asphalt surfacing has been selected for your road because;
  • It will seal the surface and restore skid resistance.
  • It will keep the road surface in good condition and considerably extended the life of the road.
  • It is fast and efficient and will minimise inconvenience to the public.
  • It is sustainable as no material is removed from the road.
  • Research shows that it is a very cost-effective treatment when applied at the correct time.

What does the work involve?

Micro Asphalt is a cold-applied mix of bitumen binder and aggregate laid on the road surface by a
specialist vehicle. The steps of the process are:
  • ​Signs will be erected by the contractor advising of the treatment date.
  • The road is swept clean.
  • Manholes, kerbs and drainage gully’s etc. are covered with protective tape.
  • The road is closed to traffic, although access will be maintained to residents where possible.
  • The micro asphalt is applied; this may be in one or two coats depending on the roads existing condition.
  • A one hour “setting” time is allowed.
  • The road is reopened to traffic.
  • The road is swept to remove any loose stone.
  • Where required, within one week manholes will be adjusted to suit new levels.
  • Within one week the white lines are re-laid.
  • In two weeks the road will be re-swept to remove any loose stones.
Important Note:
Your new Micro Asphalt surface will initially look uneven and unfinished, which is normal and happens because of the laying and necessary curing process. The appearance of the road will “settle down” over time as the curing process stabilises the material, this is helped by weathering and trafficking. The appearance of the surface will improve over the first few weeks with the final finished result expected in approximately 3 months.

How long will it take?

In most cases the surface treatment will be completed within 1 to 2 days.

What should I do?

We will do our best to ensure every care is taken and we would ask you to assist us in the following
ways:
  1. ​Please do not allow your children or pets to play around the machines or on the newly laid ​surface for 2 hours after completion
  2. Before entering your home or getting into your car ensure all shoes are free from bitumen or stones.
  3. Please observe No Parking restrictions.

​We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation in helping us carry out the necessary work.

Community Council Surveys

The Radyr & Morganstown Community Council have today launched two surveys to help them in their work.

You can read more about the work of the Community Council on their own website – https://radyrandmorganstown.org

Windsor Gardens Survey

Do you think Windsor Gardens (opposite the old Spar shop site) could do with some improvements?

Take part in the online survey about Windsor Gardens and let the Community Council know what you think!

Station Road Area Survey

Do you think the Station Road area could do with some improvements?

Take part in the online survey about Station Road and let the Community Council know what you think!

Consultation – Cardiff’s Active Travel Routes

Cardiff Council are currently consulting on how we use the Active Travel Routes across the city and what these should look like in the future.

​​The Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) looks ahead over the next 15 years at a network of walking and cycling routes that will help residents travel around the city more easily.

The draft Active Travel Network Map for Cardiff has been developed to take account of:

  • Proposals to improve routes for walking and cycling set out in the Transport White Paper, including a network of segregated Cycleway routes,
  • Routes required to connect strategic development sites to existing communities and key destinations, including the City Centre and Cardiff Bay,
  • ​Routes required to access important local destinations across the city, including schools and local shops,
  • The feedback received from the Commonplace engagement undertaken between November 2020 and January 2021, which identified additional locations where improvements for walking and cycling are required.

The council are now asking

  • Have we identified the correct routes for improvement (proposed routes)?
  • Are we correct in our assessment of routes that already meet the agreed standards (existing routes)?
  • Have we identified all the appropriate new routes?
  • Are the proposals in the schedule of schemes appropriate for developing the proposed routes?
  • This consultation will fulfil the requirement under the Active Travel Act for local authorities to undertake a statutory 12 week consultation on the Active Travel Network Map.

View the proposed walking and cycling route improvements and have your say on the Active Travel Network Map

The consultation closes on 31 October 2021.​

Festival event schedule announced

The Festival Committee are now ready to confirm the lineup for our September 2021 Festival. We had hoped to run a full Festival this time and had organised a number of indoor events, including concerts and a play. However, these are costly to put on and cannot be called off a short notice. So, without full proof that we would be able to run them, we have reluctantly cut back to events that can be run out of doors. where hopefully restrictions will have lifted further allowing in-person events to take place. Nevertheless, we hope there is still something here for everyone.

Full details can always be found on the Festival Website https://rmfestival.org.uk/events Here is also where you can find details of how to register for each of the events.

A paper programme will be circulated shortly with the August edition of the Radyr Chain, this will also include your first book of Raffle Tickets.

Please note that, due to the uncertainties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the list of events is subject to change at short notice. We will endeavour to keep this Festival website up to date alongside announcements on the RMA Twitter Feed – @RMHub

Sling your hook

Neighbourhood Watch

We are excited to tell you more about the Neighbourhood Watch “Sling your hook” campaign running throughout July to help tackle scams.

Why ‘Sling your hook’?

The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:

  • They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity)
  • They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
  • They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
  • They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
  • They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).

We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right.  This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.

“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.”

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network

How can you support this campaign?

  • LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit
  • SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts
  • JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below)

Online Talks

Neighbourhood Watch are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.

Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm.  Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.

Find out more

Read more from your local Neighbourhood Watch

Read more about staying safe from scams on the national Neighbourhood Watch website

Garden Waste – Know your Waste

In the third in our series helping you to “know your waste” we look at what the council will collect as “Garden Waste”

What can I put out?

Domestic Garden waste is collected fortnightly during the summer months in green bins.

Additional Garden Waste can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres all year round – but remember to book your appointment before going

Garden waste includes:

  • weeds;
  • grass cuttings;
  • dead plants;
  • leaves; and
  • small twigs and branches

What should I not include?

In order to be able to process as much of your Garden Waste as possible it is important that contaminants are kept to a minimum.

  • Food Waste needs to be separated from Garden Waste as although all organic matter, for hygiene reasons the Food Waste needs to be processed differently.
  • Dried and/or treated wood should be disposed of in your general waste – or for larger quantities can be recycled through the dedicated skips at the Household Waste Recycling Centres – but remember to book your appointment
  • Large green (fresh cut) timber
  • Cardboard – whilst previously collected with Green waste, this should now be put out with your recycling.
  • Shredded Paper – again this should be included for processing as recyclable materials rather than green waste

What happens to my waste once collected?

Garden waste collected at the kerbside is taken to a composting site where it is turned into a nutritious soil conditioner.

When the garden waste arrives at the composting site any material that is not compostable is removed, the remaining waste is then shredded and then laid out in a long pile to decompose, usually in the open air. This is referred to as “Open Windrow Composting”

The process at a composting site is similar to that that takes place in home compost bin, but is actively managed to speed up the process. However, due to the amount of material the temperature reached is a lot higher than in a normal household compost bin. Temperature can reach up to 60°C. This higher temperature means that the enzymes and bacteria are quickly put to work resulting in finished compost in just a few weeks.

The material is turned frequently to provide much needed oxygen to micro organisms that help decompose the material. High temperatures kill off any harmful microbes, weeds and plant diseases.

The final part of the process involves screening the compost to remove any remaining contaminants and to grade the material for various end uses. Any compost that is still oversized or hasn’t decomposed enough, can then be put back through the process until it has composted down sufficiently.

The whole process takes between 8 and 16 weeks, depending on the final use for the compost.

Read more

See the Waste and Recycling section of the Cardiff Council website

View the Council’s A-Z of Waste and Recycling to see how your items should be disposed of safely and responsibly.

Radyr & Morganstown Litter Pickers get picking!

With the encouragement of Keep Wales Tidy and Sue Baskerville at Radyr Hub, Rebecca Williams, Peter Fortune and Orla Adams have set up Radyr & Morganstown Litter Pickers. The group has been set up to tackle the increasing litter problem within the community which was fully appreciated during the pandemic when we all spent more time within our local areas. Of particular concern has been the amount of Covid face masks that are littered, which of course are also a potential health risk. The group already has over 40 members and 25 of them have taken part in two picks collecting 29 bags of litter from both villages. Many members are already Keep Wales Tidy or Cardiff Council Litter Champions, however this is not a pre-requisite.
Speaking on behalf of the group organisers, Peter Fortune said:

“We hope to plan monthly community picks alternating between Radyr and Morganstown. We can also support and facilitate people who want to pick individually, we have a small stock of kit available for loan.”

If you would like to join the group’s mailing list or just get in touch, please contact rmlitterpickers@outlook.com

Radyr and Morganstown Litter Pickers ready to go to war on Tuesday 8 and Saturday 5 June 2021.

Recycling – Know your Waste

In the second of our series of posts to “Know your Waste”, we look at the matter of Recycling and those green bags we put out each week.

What can I put out?

Cardiff Council collects mixed recycling weekly from every household in Cardiff. You can place in your green recycling bags a mixture of:

  • Paper;
  • Cardboard;
  • Plastic bottles and food containers;
  • Metal food cans and empty aerosols; and
  • Glass bottles and jars.

If you have an excess of Cardboard this can also be collapsed and stacked within a single cardboard box and left out for collection alongside your green bags as long as it is obvious that all this item contains is flattened cardboard.

Shredded paper will be collected as part of your recycling but should be separated into a green bag of its own – do not mix with other recycling items.

At the time of writing the trial of segregated Blue Bin collections for glass items remain suspended and so all glass items should be included within your green bags. Glass items need to remain whole for the safety of operatives and to allow proper sorting of waste. Broken glass items should be safely wrapped and included in your General waste (Black bin).

Green bags can be obtained from Radyr Library during its opening hours or you can order bags online direct from Cardiff Council.

What should I not include?

Recycling can only happen efficiently if the correct items are included in your recycling bags. Please do not include:

  • Clothes or shoes – some charities will arrange to collect these from you directly;
  • Electrical Items;
  • Nappies – clean or soiled;
  • Paint tins;
  • Plastic bags – consider returning these to the supermarket or using a “Bag for Life” instead of single use bags
  • Polystyrene packing and takeaway trays.

What happens to my Waste once collected?

Once your mixed recycling is collected it is taken to Lamby Way Materials Recycling Facility for sorting through a combination of manual and mechanical sorting processes before travelling to the relevant reprocessors to make new goods!

Cardiff is currently looking to achieve 70% recycling of our waste by 2025 – in 2019 -20 we only achieved 58.1% – the lowest of all Council areas in Wales. We have made some improvement since stats were first gathered nationally in 2012-13 when we were at 52.2% but are not there yet and so we need your help!

In one year Cardiff recycles enough glass to cover more than 2,000 tennis courts!

Read more

See the Waste and Recycling section of the Cardiff Council website

View the Council’s A-Z of Waste and Recycling to see how your items should be disposed of safely and responsibly.

Food Waste – Know your Waste

In the first of a series of posts, we start to explore the exciting topic of household waste and its collection in Radyr & Morganstown.

What can I put out?

Food caddies are collected weekly and are for all your unwanted cooked or raw food, including:

  • fruit and vegetable peelings;
  • cooked left-overs;
  • egg shells;
  • tea bags;
  • coffee grounds; and
  • some food packaging and some magazine subscription coves are now Biodegradable/compostable and these can be included in your Food Waste – it will be clearly marked as such if suitable for this treatment.

Food Waste should be wrapped in approved compostable bags (caddy liners) before being placed into your Brown food waste bin which is presented at the roadside each week.

Excess Food Waste should not be added to your green garden waste bin as this waste is treated with a different process (see the Garden Waste article in this series when published)

You can order caddy liners online or collect them from Radyr Library during its usual opening hours.

If your kitchen or kerbside caddy is lost or damaged you can order a replacement caddy free of charge.

What happens to my Food Waste once collected?

Once the council operatives remove your food waste from the highway it goes to a state of the art facility in Splott, called an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant. This facility is run by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, in partnership with Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Read more

See the Waste and Recycling section of the Cardiff Council website

View the Council’s A-Z of Waste and Recycling to see how your items should be disposed of safely and responsibly.

Bike Week 2021

Cycling UK have declared the first week of June 2021 to be #7DaysOfCycling or National Bike Week for 2021 – #BikeWeek2021.

Bike Week is the annual celebration of everything that’s wonderful about cycling. It’s a time to remind ourselves of all the positives that riding a bike can bring, including our own health and wellbeing, the theme of this year’s event.

Bike Week is the best opportunity to enjoy different cycling experiences – we encourage everyone to try something new, for up to seven days in a row, with a different focus
for each of the #7daysofcycling.

  • Sunday 30 May – Well connected – celebrate wellness and connection and join the World’s Biggest Bike Ride
  • Monday 31 May – Well up for it – go on an adventure or try a new challenge
  • Tuesday 1 June – Well skilled – learn new skills
  • Wednesday 2 June – Well fit – cycling keeps you healthy
  • Thursday 3 June – Well grounded – be mindful, take time for yourself
  • Friday 4 June – Well happy – cycling makes you happy
  • Saturday 5 June – Well for life – be active and stay active

Read more about Bike Week and get involved from https://cyclinguk.org/bikeweek

Pop up shop

As part of the annual Bike Week celebrations, Cycling UK is opening a pop-up shop in Cardiff city centre for Bike Week 2021, so if you are in the area please come along and say hello; everyone is welcome.

Thanks to Morgan Arcade for their generous offer of the empty shop, Cycling UK will be creating a cycling hub full of information about what we and others are doing to get people on their bikes.  They will be open from Tuesday 1 June to Friday 4 June and you will be able to find out more about Cycling UK’s activities in Wales, collect children’s Bike Week activity packs, pick up the odd freebie as well as getting your bike checked for free.

There will be lots of information in the window for the times we aren’t open, so if you’re passing by make sure you check it out.

Gwenda Owen, Cycling UK engagement officer for Wales, said:

“Bike Week is always great but this year in Wales it’s going to be even better!  Creating a cycling hub in the centre of Cardiff is a fantastic opportunity to let many more people know about the great things that are happening for cycling and how they can get involved.  Big thanks to Morgan Arcade and For Cardiff for helping make this happen.”

The shop will be located at 2/4 Morgan Arcade, CF10 1AF, facing St Mary Street, one of the main pedestrianised streets in Cardiff City Centre.

nextbike – One hour free cycling

Using the nextbike app

Nextbike are also supporting Cycling UK, who is giving everyone a great reason to get out on their bikes, to celebrate the joys of cycling, and to get as many people as we can to ride on one day. Why not give it a go?

It’s not about distance or duration, it’s about giving it a go. Any kind of cycle ride counts no matter how far you go or what your motivation is. So, hop on a nextbike and explore the city around you.

To promote the event, nextbike are offering 60 free minute vouchers with the code BIKEWEEK60.

Remember you can pick up a nextbike from the racks in Station Road in Radyr as well as locations right across the City of Cardiff.

Could you be our next representative?

The Radyr & Morganstown Community Council have posted Notice of Vacancy in Office of Community Councillor following the resignation of one of the Councillors who represented the Radyr South Ward.

Do you want to stand to represent the people of Radyr & Morganstown on our Community Council?

Do you want to see an election for this post rather than the default co-option process?

Details of the vacancy and relevant processes can be found on the Community Council’s own website – https://www.radyrandmorganstown.org/news/vacancy-on-the-community-council

 

What are the benefits of having a Community Council?

The notice of vacancy has made the RMA Web Team consider the above question and has found an Independent research study carried out by Aberystwyth University in 2003 which identified 8 key benefits to residents of having a community council.

  • Local Responsiveness: On average there is one community or town councillor for every 250 residents in those parts of Wales with local-level councils, compared with
    one county or county borough councillor for every 2,320 residents across Wales. Most members of community and town councils live in the communities they serve and many councillors also engage with local residents through surveys, newsletters and public meetings. As such community and town councils can be more responsive than higher tier authorities to community needs and interests, and to the diversity of interests and needs within a community.
  • Representation of Local Interests: Community and town councils can act as a vehicle for the representation of local interests to external bodies. Whereas Unitary Authorities have to balance the competing needs and interests of the many communities across their territory, community and town councils have a responsibility for a single community and are able to be uninhibited in advocating the interests of that community.
  • Mobilisation of Community Activity: Community and town councils exist at a scale that reflects people’s patterns of social interaction and their identification with place. They can therefore act to facilitate community activities, organise and sponsor community events and promote community spirit and inclusiveness. Community and town councils play a vital role in supporting local clubs and organisations. Collectively they donate over £1 million in grants to community groups, sports clubs, charities and other voluntary sector organisations each year – funds that are not available in communities without councils.
  • Additionality: Community and town councils can provide additionality to the services and facilities operated by county and county borough councils. They have the flexibility to enhance service provision in the community, or to provide additional services, facilities or even simple features such as floral displays, that may lie outside the principal councils’ budgetary priorities.
  • Accountability: The authority of community and town councils comes from their electoral mandate. Unlike the officers of non-statutory community associations, community and town councillors are accountable to the local electorate and may be removed at election time. Furthermore, they are accountable to the whole community, not to a paid-up membership, and therefore have an incentive to engage with and represent all sectors of the community, not just those most predisposed to join local societies.
  • Stability and Continuity: The statutory constitution of community and town councils gives them a relative security of existence. Unlike non-statutory community associations, they are not dependent on recruiting members or securing a continuity of funding from grant-making bodies. This means that community and town councils can plan on a longer-term basis and have more capacity to take on larger-scale projects.
  • Tax-raising Powers: The ability of community and town councils to precept the council tax is one of their most significant powers. Whilst they may be restricted in accessing funds in other contexts, the ability to precept provides a relative stability of income (again supporting long-term planning) and a means of raising funds from the community for reinvestment in the community for communal benefit.
  • Promotion of Public Service: Participation as a community or town councillor more substantially engages an individual in public service in local government than participation in a non-statutory community association. Community and town councils can provide a ‘training ground’ for individuals who may subsequently progress to serve as county or county borough councillors, or to stand for higher political office

Source: Community and Town Councils and the role of the Local Councillors published by One Voice Wales

#RMFestival2021 Roundup

Thank you to everyone who supported TENOVUS Cancer Care through our Radyr & Morganstown Festival events in early May. We raised over £2,200 for our charity and had some great fun doing so. A full writeup of the events and our competition winners is now available on the Festival website. You  can also still watch some of our recorded sessions on the RMA YouTube Channel.

Planning for the Festival Committee has already moved on to preparations for the events in our September Festival where hopefully restrictions will have lifted further allowing in-person events to take place. Full details can always be found on the Festival Website https://rmfestival.org.uk/events

Read the roundup of events from the 2021 Radyr & Morganstown May Festival, including competition winners on the Festival website.

Visit https://rmfestival.org.uk