News

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

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.​

Vacancy on Community Council

There is a vacancy on Radyr & Morganstown Community Council following the resignation of one of the Councillors for Morganstown ward. Formal notice of this vacancy can be seen on the Community Council Website.

The Community Council is currently carrying two vacancies as this announcement is in addition to the vacancy previously advertised in May/June 2021 for which we understand interviews are due to be undertaken in September.

All Community Councillors, including any appointed shortly, will be up for re-election at the elections in May 2022 where we will also be looking to increase our representation on the Cardiff County Council as the Radyr & Morganstown Ward will have 2 County Councillors to represent us.

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

Welsh Water – Works in Radyr

The following has been sent as a notification to the Web Team from Dŵr Cymru | Welsh Water:

As you are aware, we have been carrying out work to abandon a section of an old water pipe and connect it to an adjacent pipe. This work has been taking place along Ffordd Las, Drysgol Road, Dan-y-Bryn Avenue, Park Road, and Windsor Avenue in Radyr. We will need to return to these areas on Thursday 13 May to carry out some further work, and as long as everything goes to plan it will be completed by the end of May 2021.

What can you expect?

In order to carry out this essential work, we will need to carry out small excavations within the highway which will allow us to connect properties onto the water pipe. While we carry out our work, there will be Give and Take traffic management at the following locations:

  • Junction between Park Road and Windsor Avenue: We’ll be working here from 13th May until 21st May. We will be carrying out our work within the highway, so please be assured that the pedestrian access will be open during this time. To minimise disruption we will be working at this location between 9.30am and 3pm
  • Ffordd Las: We’ll be working here from 17th May until 21st May. On this occasion we will be using smaller machinery which will minimise the impact on parking. Please be assured that access for residents will be maintained at all time.

We’ll be working with Morrison Water Services to help us get the work done. They’ll be working Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 5.30pm, but sometimes they may need to work outside these hours and on the weekends to get the work done quickly.

We will keep posting updates on the ‘In Your Area’ section of our website, which is a great way for customers to receive instant updates about our work. We encourage customers to sign up to ensure they are kept up to date as our work progresses.

Working during the COVID-19 outbreak

We want to reassure you that our team will be following Government guidelines on working during this time to ensure they keep you and themselves safe. We know this is a very challenging time but please be assured that we are – and will continue – to do everything we can to continue providing our essential services.

Election Results

Llongyfarchiadau | Congratulations Mark Drakeford mugshotto all who will represent Cardiff West in the Sixth Senedd following the elections held on 6 May 2021.

Our constituency Member remains as Mark Drakeford MS alongside the 4 Regional Members for South Wales Central.

You Regional Members of the Senedd

Andrew RT DaviesAndrew RT Davies MS

Welsh Conservative Party

Joel James MS

Welsh Conservative Party

Rhys ab Owen MS

Plaid Cymru

Heledd Fychan MS

Plaid Cymru

Police and Crime Commissioner

Alun Michael remains our Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales

Other representatives

We look forward to the Local Council elections planned for 2022 where Radyr & Morganstown’s long serving Cllr Rod McKerlich is understood to be standing down. The ward will also be gaining a second council seat in recognition of the growing population of the Ward meaning 2 seat will be up for grabs.

View all your Local Representatives in our directory

May Festival 2021

Thank you to everyone who supported Tenovus Cancer Care through our Radyr & Morganstown Festival events. Roseanne and the team are still counting the donations. Whilst we wait for a total you can still watch some of our recorded sessions on the RMA YouTube Channel. Full details of this and plans for our Summer Show and other in-person events for September are on the Festival Website.

Festival Photographic Competition

The last day for entries to our Festival Photographic Competition “Animals in R&M” is on 1st May.  For all details see the Festival website.

 

Radyr Hustings

Vote

The Senedd elections and elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

In order to help voters decide who to vote for in the Senedd elections, the RMA have organised an online hustings event for Monday 19 April 2021 starting at 19.30

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 through our YouTube channel – or watch again afterwards.

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 Monday 19 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 

TfW Vegetation works on the City Line

Transport for Wales logo and train image

The RMA Web Team received the following information from Transport for Wales late yesterday.

Vegetation management across the City Line will continue this weekend (02 – 05 April 2021). Since we provided an update at our recent meeting we wanted to ensure you we have actioned the following:

  • Changed our working practices to mitigate noise
  • We will monitor and record noise levels
  • Continue to respect and protect wildlife and habitat, compliant to ecological legislation

The majority of our work will be done at night as can only be carried out when trains are not running to ensure the safety of our teams. We will do our very best to minimise unnecessary noise:

  • Remind our teams to refrain from shouting
  • Shut off machines during periods when not being used
  • Take care when placing some of our noisiest machinery, with the aim of directing this away from homes as far as possible.

TfW have a customer service number 0333 3211 202 active between 08.00 – 20.00 Monday – Saturday and 11.00 – 20.00 Sunday. They don’t seem to be available overnight.

The recording of the TfW briefing for residents on all of the South Wales Metro from 24 March 2021 can be viewed on the RMA Meetings page of this site.

Online services for Holy Week and Easter

3 crosses on a hill - backlit by setting sun

Both Radyr Methodist Church and the churches of the Parish of Radyr (Christ Church, Radyr & St John’s, Danescourt) remain closed for in-person worship at the moment but that does not mean that there will not be services in the village for Holy Week and Easter.

Parish of Radyr

The Parish of Radyr will meet:

  • Maundy Thursday at 18.00 for an Agape Meal, led by Rev’d Gareth Rayner-Williams over Zoom.
  • Good Friday at 15.00 for a service of Seven Moments, led by Rev’d Belinda Huxtable broadcast on YouTube
  • Easter Sunday at 10.30 for Sunday Worship including an Agape Meal – Spiritual Communion over Zoom.

Radyr Methodist Church

Radyr Methodist Church will be meeting online, via Zoom, on:

  • Maundy Thursday at 18.00
  • Good Friday at 12.00
  • Easter Sunday at 10.30

Anyone is welcome to the Methodist Services, simply contact Rev. Judith Holliman for the Zoom details.

The Census is coming

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it would be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes. Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

The ONS aim to make things as easy as possible for everyone, but if you need help taking part in the census, there’s a wide range of support services available. You can request support for yourself, or someone else, including:

  • guidance and help in many languages and formats
  • a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
  • accessible census guidance, for example, in braille

There is a help area on the census website. It covers everything from who to include on the questionnaire to how to answer each question.

If you cannot find what you need there, there’s a dedicated contact centre where census staff will be on hand to give help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media.

If you need help, visit www.census.gov.uk

Senedd Elections – Are you registered to vote?

Vote

On the Thursday 6 May 2021, the Welsh electorate will be greeted by two separate elections, three different electoral systems, and three different electoral boundaries.

We will be voting for our Constituency (Cardiff West) and Regional (South Wales Central) Members of the Senedd. We will also be voting for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Whilst polling is likely to take place with strict Social Distancing measures in place, and the results may take longer as votes are safely counted, this is also a special election for many as those aged 16 & 17 and qualifying foreign citizens will also be able to vote in the Senedd elections for the first time.

Registering to Vote

In order to vote in May’s elections, it is important to make sure that you have registered to vote. If you have not registered to vote, you won’t be able to vote. Each person has to register individually. If you have not yet registered, it is quick and easy to register either online or by post.

Register to vote

The minimum age for voting is 16 for the Senedd elections, but 18 for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. All foreign nationals legally resident in Wales are eligible to vote in the Senedd elections, but only British, Irish and EU citizens and qualifying Commonwealth citizens may vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election. For any further queries in regards to registering to vote, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact the elections team at Cardiff Council.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 19 April 2021.

For those who are shielding or who may not wish to go out to a Polling Station on 6 May, there is still time to apply for a Postal Vote for this election by completing a form and returning it to the Elections Team at Cardiff Council.

The form and details of where to send it can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

Read more about the different ways you can vote on the Electoral Commission website

Deciding who to vote for

Whilst deciding who to vote for is an individual decision there are some tools being prepared to help you to make that decision.

Members of the RMA Web Team are again working with Democracy Club – a group which aims to provide accurate, non-partisan information on every election and candidate in the UK, unbiased and unfiltered. We hope to provide the “Where Can I Vote” widget to this site again in the near future.

The RMA are also organising a “non-selective” hustings on Monday 19 April 2021 at 19.30. This online meeting will offer an opportunity for you to put your questions to the range of parties seeking your votes in the Senedd election.