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.
Helping to make Radyr and Morganstown a great place to live and work
Summary of News Items on http://radyr.org.uk
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Parish of Radyr will meet:
Radyr Methodist Church will be meeting online, via Zoom, on:
Anyone is welcome to the Methodist Services, simply contact Rev. Judith Holliman for the Zoom details.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Residents associated with Radyr Methodist Church have organised a collection for Cardiff Foodbank.
Boxes will be placed outside the following addresses between Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 February 2021. Please be generous with packets and tins of long life foods.
Cash donations can also be made. Cash or cheques should be placed in an envelope marked Food Bank and pushed through the letterbox of any of the above addresses.
The first collection of Radyr & Morganstown refuse in the new Tuesday pattern now confirmed as Tuesday 23 February 2021. Letters to this effect have been sent to all affected households in Cardiff to explain the changes.
The date for the restart of the Green bin / garden waste collections following the winter suspension has also now been confirmed as Tuesday 23 March 2021.
At some point in February 2021, the refuse and recycling collection day for Radyr & Morganstown will be changing to a Tuesday.
The changes are being made across the City to allow all collections to take place between 6.00am and 3.45pm, meaning that rubbish can be left out on the street for less time. There will be no need for employees to work Bank Holidays, and more importantly no need to change collection days to accommodate Bank Holidays. Collections will take place outside rush-hour, reducing congestion at the end of the school and working days.
The new timetable will also make collections safer for workers and community members as they will be taking place during daylight hours and outside of peak traffic times. Cardiff as a city will have 3 days a week with no residential waste on the street and cleansing teams will be able to focus on other priorities on those days.
Changing the hours also means that refuse collections will also be within the service hours of other contact points with the Council including Connect to Cardiff (029 2087 2087)
Cardiff Council are not yet able to confirm the date for this change as, at the time of writing, negotiations with the Trades Union about the details of the staffing changes required are still underway.
The Council have promised that, once the details are confirmed, each household will receive a letter setting out the details of the changes to our routine, a leaflet reminding residents of the correct time and a handy postcard setting out the changes to our routine. The RMA Web Team will also ensure that accurate details are, as ever, posted on your Community Website – https://radyr.org.uk
With Radyr Library closed, other local shops, including the Co-op in Station Road, are holding small stocks of recycling and Food Waste bags. You can also order these from the Cardiff Council website for direct home delivery to yourself or a shielding neighbour.
The trial of Blue bins for the segregated collection of glass remains suspended. This trial was not completed before services were altered due to COVID and the council have not yet decided if this scheme will be rolled out further (and/or brought back for us).
We appreciated the Winter green bin collection of Garden Waste and Christmas Trees in January. Full garden waste collections are not due to restart until March and again the precise dates have not yet been shared.
Finally, a reminder that excess household waste can still be taken to the Cardiff Household Waste and Recycling Centres. The nearest one to Radyr is Bessemer Close. However, you do now need to book an appointment before you travel to the site and the number of appointments per household has been capped to discourage excessive use of this service.
We can do our bit by remembering to – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
Statement by David Silver, Chair of the Radyr & Morganstown Festival Committee:
Due to the current lockdown situation, and the probability we will not be able to hold gatherings of any reasonable number of people by May, the RMA and the Festival Committee have decided this year’s Festival will be in two parts.
We will hold a Mini-Festival in May where events will be held online, though if possible we would like to hold an outdoor event for limited numbers. This will be held between 1 and 9 May 2021.
We will then hold a larger Festival in September between 11 and 25 where we hope enough restrictions will have been removed so we can hold both outdoor and indoor events.
Tenovus will continue to be our community charity until the Festival ends on 25 September when a new charity will take over in time for the Christmas Light switch on.
If you would like to donate to Tenovus before the next Festival Event then you can do so through the JustGiving page in the name of the Radyr Friends of Tenovus to help us add to our annual total.
Members of the Festival Committee are currently working on the precise timetable for both parts of the 2021 Festival. As soon as details of any event are confirmed they will be added to the Festival Website – https://rmfestival.org.uk
If you would like to propose an event please contact the Festival Committee – email@example.com
The anticipated “No Through Road” signs have now gone up at both ends of Golf Course Lane.
These are due to be followed shortly by bollards, that can be removed for emergency vehicle access, at both ends of the lane.
Access continues for walkers, cyclists and horses but no motor vehicles are permitted down the lane.
This is the latest in the series of road safety measures to be implemented in Radyr & Morganstown and follows the construction of 3 new tabled crossings on Heol Isaf at the end of 2020 and the introduction of a 20mph speed limit throughout the village.
The Web Team are working with the volunteers from the Living Taff project to try and tell the living stories that follow our local river.
The Living Taff celebrates all the great things along the river’s journey. The Taff starts in a National Park, makes its way through an area famous for its part in the industrial revolution, and has its estuary in Wales’ capital city. For a long time, people turned away from the river as it was used by the coal industry to take away waste, but the river has since returned to life. The Living Taff project believes that the river can be seen as a way to link the area’s towns, and be a protected place for people to enjoy and connect with nature.
Over its course and its history it is a river that has born witness to so much of south Wales’ history, touching so many communities through its extensive system of tributaries, but what of its significance to Wales’ cultural life and memory? What significance does it have on our local environment, and how is it being effected by climate change?
Since the river has not often been celebrated, we’re looking to develop an archive of stories to show what it has done to inspire. The Web Team are keen that this includes the stories of the people of Radyr & Morganstown and how we have interacted with our river.
In 100 words, tell us about the place that means most to you along the river’s journey, or to tell a story of fiction – something that you can imagine happening or that happened. Your story can be in Welsh or English.
Once you have your story ready you can submit it at http://livingtaff.org/mark-your-spot/
If the river means something to you, and you’re happy to share why, the team would really like to hear from you?
Simon Bradwick, one of the leaders of the project, will be speaking about this project and sharing some of the stories gathered so far at the RMA General Meeting on Monday 1 March 2021. Put the date in your diary and do try to join us for what should be an interesting evening.
Advent for the church is a time of waiting and preparation.
Have you seen the nativity scene building in the church foyer starring our puppets? We have just placed it there to raise a smile and good spirits and lots of people have been stopping to look which is great.
The church also had an Advent Calendar window slowly unveiling itself on the windows facing the car park so again if you have not yet seen this do come and have a look before it goes.
Earlier in December, members from the church went out and delivered 350 Christingles in a bag onto the new Plas Dwr estate and around some of the Sidings. This enabled people to make their own Christingle and shed some light and hope this Christmas season. We were delighted to have a large number of people join us on zoom to make them up together.
In-person events at Radyr Methodist Church are currently suspended but services and bible-study are still happening online. All are welcome, for details of specific events please see the Methodist Church webpages or e-mail Judith.Holliman@methodist.org.uk
Earlier in December, Radyr Methodist Church organised a collection of food for Cardiff Food Bank with Ruth on Pentwyn and four new members from Parc Plymouth all putting tubs out for food. The response was phenomenal and we were delighted to meet up in the church car park and hand over such a vast amount of goods.
The church plans to hold regular collections so keep an eye out for when the next one is planned – perhaps you could offer to be a collecting station to gather donations from your neighbours.
This item is posted with apologies from the Web Team for the delay in it appearing on our website.
If you have a local story to share please send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryn Deri and Radyr Primary Schools present their combined online Christmas Concert for 2020.
Thank you to all those who took part and to those who have assisted in bringing this special presentation together.
Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd! | Merry Christmas to all!
Wrapping paper will be collected if presented in Black bags alongside (or in) your Black Bin on our usual collection day for Radyr & Morganstown of 4 January 2020. Please note green recycling bags containing any (non-brown) wrapping paper will not be collected as it cannot be processed.
Our collection days remain unchanged over the Christmas period and the Web Team are still waiting for details of the special January collection of green waste which will include the collection of real Christmas Trees.
Update 28/12/2020 – Special collection of green waste including real Christmas Trees has now been announced as Monday 11 January 2020.
Wrapping paper often has a very high ink content, contains non-paper additives like glitter, plastics, gold and silver coloured shapes which cannot be recycled. Others are very thin and contain few good quality fibres for recycling. This product is often rejected during the recycling process. In the past we separated it from other material at our recycling facility, but this is no longer possible due to social distancing requirements.
As part of our commitment to improve the quality of material available to be recycled, we will no longer be accepting wrapping paper – unless it is plain brown wrapping paper – in green recycling bags.
We do, however, understand that residents have large amounts of wrapping paper over the Christmas period, so we’re offering an alternative.
If you can fit your used wrapping paper in your black bin or red stripe bag, that’s great, you don’t need to do anything else. Just leave it out for collection.
However, if you have any excess wrapping paper after filling up your bin or red striped bag, then for weeks commencing 28th December and 4th January only, please put this excess wrapping into a black bin bag and place next to your black bin or red-striped bags and our crews will pick it up.
Please do not put anything other than wrapping paper and other wrapping products e.g, bows, string etc into these bags though, as the crews may not pick them up if they contain other household or general waste.
If you’re booking a visit to our recycling centres over the Christmas period, please take your used wrapping paper with you. Book your visit here: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Rubbish-and-recycling/recycling-centres/Pages/default.aspx
If you’re looking for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional wrapping paper, check out our guide here: https://www.cardiffnewsroom.co.uk/releases/c25/25369.html
Sourced from the Cardiff Council newsroom: https://www.cardiffnewsroom.co.uk/releases/c25/25373.html
Many congratulations to our local Councillor, Rod McKerlich, who was installed as Lord Mayor of Cardiff on 26 November 2020. Here is a link to the Cardiff Council News Release.
As reported in our News item in May, Cllr McKerlich’s formal installation has been much delayed due to the pandemic and he will now service as Cardiff’s Lord Mayor until 2022. His wife, Sue, is now Lady Mayoress.
As you will see in the News Release, Cllr McKerlich has chosen Alzheimer’s Society Cymru as this year’s Lord Mayor’s Charity.
We again wish Rod and Sue all success in their period of office.
Update… We have now added the official photo of Rod in his chains of office. We look forward to him being present in his official capacity to turn on the Christmas Lights in Radyr & Morganstown on Friday – Don’t forget to tune in to the YouTube link for that event.
Christmas is coming – but as with many things this year we will have to do things slightly differently.
The RMA have arranged for the usual small Christmas Trees along Station Road. The Community Council have arranged for the festoons of overhead Christmas lights. In each of Windsor Gardens, Granny Park and Lychgate Gardens we will have a large tree festooned with lights again arranged by the Radyr and Morganstown Community Council. The lights may start to be visible once these trees go up but the official switch on, by the Lord Mayor (who is also our local County Councillor) Cllr Rod McKerlich, will be streamed Live via YouTube at around 19.00 on Friday 4 December. Tune in from 18.50 to make sure you don’t miss out.
Due to the current regulations it will not be possible to have the usual stalls and public gathering for the lights switch-on so, we are asking people NOT to attempt to come to Station Road for this event but to watch from home to allow us to ensure that we maintain good Social Distancing… However, do also keep one eye out of the windows as we hear that Santa also has an appointment to travel around Radyr & Morganstown on his sleigh through this evening before and after the official lights switch on. The approximate timings and his route are below.
Santa will be accompanied by volunteer collectors with buckets for Tenovus, the RMA Charity for 2020-21. Please give generously either to these collectors or through their JustGiving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/radyrfot
Watch the switch on via YouTube from 18.50 on Friday 4 December 2020 – https://youtu.be/SsdsutwU_0w
Please note that all timings are approximate.
17.15 Ravensbrook, Heol Syr Lewis
17.35 Ffordd Treforgan, Meadowfield Way, Mae y Gwair, Heol y Cwm, Heol y Crofft
17.55 Ty Nant Inn, Main Road (Morganstown), Bryn Derwen, Cae’r Graig, Pentwyn, Cae’r Graig, Bryn Derwen
18.20 Hazel Tree Close, Bryn Derwen, Dan-y-Bryn Ave, Windsor Ave, Windsor Road, Station Road
18.50 – 19.10 Station Road Lighting ceremony – Watch on YouTube
19.15 Kings Road, Fisher Hill Way, Lychgate Gardens
20.00 The War Memorial, Heol Isaf, Llantrisant Road
20.15 Heol Rufus, Heol Roald Dahl, St Philbert Street, Clos Park Radyr, Llantarnam Drive, Drover’s Way.
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The RMA General Meeting, held over Zoom, on Monday 16 November was very well attended by all measures (physical or virtual). That was because of the concern being expressed by local residents over the major work that will be conducted in around the Mound Field and Gelynis Farm over the next few years. Members may already have seen the report of the meeting in the draft minutes sent out last week – we were hoping to be able to share a recording of the meeting as well but unfortunately technical difficulties have prevented that.
For further background, TFW have provided us with a copy of the presentation they gave. They also provided a copy of the draft site plan. Do have a look at those documents to read in conjunction with the minutes. We also asked TFW where we could find more information about the Metro. They said they were working on a more comprehensive area of the website which will cover Radyr in specific detail but, for now, they suggested the following links: https://trc.cymru/south-wales-metro and https://trc.cymru/metro-faqs.
As soon as the Web Team receive further information we will share it through https://radyr.org.uk
Notified today that the resurfacing of the Min y Coed section of Heol Isaf is now scheduled for Sunday 8 November. Whilst Ty Nant Road | Heol Isaf will be closed at the junction with Min y Coed, whilst this work is completed it will be possible to get around the works via a diversion around Bryn Derwen.
Work is well underway at the site outside Christ Church but we do not yet have a proposed date for the closing of the road at that site for resurfacing.
We have now been made aware that Heol Isaf (B4262 | Gelynis Terrace | Ty Nant Road) will be closed to all traffic where the first crossing is being installed near the junction with Heol Syr Lewis in Morganstown from 09.00 until approx 16.00 on Sunday 18 October 2020. This is to facilitate the planing and resurfacing of the new raised table crossing being constructed. The footways will remain open during the work for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. This is the rescheduled works originally due to happen on Sunday 4 October, and then again delated from 11 October.
We have now had confirmation from Cardiff Council that residents’ vehicles “should” be able to get in or out of Heol Syr Lewis.
We have also been notified that Cardiff Bus will be unable to run any services for the 63 beyond Radyr. The 63 will not be able to service Morganstown, Pentrych or Creigiau on Sunday.
The official diversion diagrams are available below:
Signs have appeared on the B4262 in Morganstown advertising roadworks on the near its junction with Heol Syr Lewis. According to the signage this work is due to start on 14 September for 3 weeks and will only disrupt from 09.30 to 15.30. The web team have asked Cardiff Council for further details of these works and are still awaiting a response.
Following some investigative work your Web Team have managed to pull together what little information is available publicly about the planned roadworks on Heol lsaf in an attempt to give some early warning of what is happening.
The initial consultation document can be found in the Council Archives
The Council response to the initial scheme consultation held in May/June 2019 can be downloaded from the Council website.
We have also been regularly consulting the Cardiff Council published roadwork schedule.
We did attempt to contact Cardiff Council directly but they have not yet responded in full to the Web Team’s requests for information and were unwilling to confirm any details of what the roadworks actually consist of.
A summary of our combined findings shows that there will be 3 new crossings installed in sequence along Heol Isaf.
During each of these time periods, temporary traffic lights will be used during the day (09.30 to 15.30) whilst works are underway. At the end of each period we can expect Heol Isaf to have a portion that is completely closed for a whole day whilst the surface is planed and the new tabled crossing surface installed.
We have also learned that the new traffic lights at the Southern end of Heol Isaf (junction with Llantrisant Road near Plas Dwr development) are currently planned to be actuated in early November.
The Web Team will continue our hunt for sources of information on these roadworks and will update this story as we get further details.
Thank you to everyone who joined our Live Stream from the Radyr War Memorial this morning and those who have watched it back since. The video is still available at https://youtu.be/lZ4ryOpMwiU
We are also still collecting photographs of your visit to the war memorial or drawing, colouring or collage of a poppy to add to our Community Collage to show how we remember together event though we are dispersed.
This year our act of commemoration will be slightly different. As we are not able to all gather at the War Memorial, we will be attempting to broadcast the ceremony via YouTube at 10.45 on Sunday 8 November 2020. We expect the short ceremony to start at 10.50 and last approximately 20 minutes.
Rev’d Vicki Burrows and Rev. Judith Holliman will lead the Act of Commemoration before the bell tolls from Christ Church. This will be followed by the laying of the first community wreaths. You can follow along and join in where appropriate by downloading a copy of their Order of Service (PDF, 141KB).
In order to maintain the social distancing rules, we are asking people NOT to attempt to come to the war memorial for this event but to pay their respects by joining in from home. A small number of groups from across the village will be laying their individual wreaths at times later in the day to minimise contact at the war memorial. Individuals or family groups are also invited to visit the memorial at another time.
Also, please note that, although door-to-door poppy collections and availability at some other outlets has been suspended this year, it has been arranged that poppies for Remembrance week will be available to purchase from Radyr Co-op and McColl’s in Station Road, as usual during week prior to Remembrance Sunday. You can also donate to the British Legion directly through their Poppy Appeal website – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal
To show that the village is together in remembering the fallen, even though we are dispersed, we are asking everyone to either take a photo of their visit to the war memorial or to make their own poppy (draw, colour or collage) and share a picture of this with email@example.com so that we can build a collage on this website and share our acts of remembrance at this difficult time.
Watch the event Live on YouTube, Sunday 8 November 2020 from 10:45 – https://youtu.be/lZ4ryOpMwiU