The replacement bench for Graig Road has been ordered. The bench is being manufactured to order so will take approximately 4-6 weeks. Robert Barnett, MTCBC Parks Department, has confirmed that they will install the bench on behalf of the Community Council.
A lock has been purchased for the gate at Bedlinog Community Centre, six keys will need to be cut. Cllr Sherelle Jago advised that she would pass these on to the garage holders.
RJ advised that MTCBC are still trying to determine the landowner where fly-tipping has taken place on the mountain road. Waste Services will update the Community Council as soon as they have more information.
Emails were sent to Stagecoach, Dawn Bowden MS and Gerald Jones MP regarding the limited bus service in Bedlinog. The response from Stagecoach was that the service is running at a loss at the moment across Wales with social distancing measures in place, and they cannot promise additional resource or service changes without assurance from Welsh Government that there will be some funding to cover the social distancing costs. Stagecoach are concerned that as lockdown eases with more and more facilities opening that this is going to have an even bigger impact as more and more people will want to use the bus service but they are restricted to how many people they can allow on board.
Dawn Bowden MS advised that she had a meeting with Stagecoach last week to discuss various issues about local bus services including concerns raised re: Bedlinog. Ms Bowden has also written to the Welsh Transport Minister about increasing capacity on local buses during a recovery phase which must have an increase in seating capacity as a key objective.
The Welsh Government has of course taken action to sustain bus operators after the recent severe reduction in customers and income. In the next phase Ms Boden hopes more buses can return to local routes, and with the request to use face coverings that more people might be allowed on to the buses which operate. Some companies have made face coverings a condition of travel.
Ms Bowden will of course update the community council when responses are received to the representations made and she is very conscious that this can only become a bigger issue as and when the restrictions are eased and more people return to daily activities.
Gerald Jones MP wrote to the Welsh Minister for Transport about the issue – the response from Ken Skates MS, stated the following:
“We have already provided a £29m package of support for bus operators, including community transport, to allow them to continue to deliver services. This has allowed bus operators to maintain a core network of services to help key workers get to work, with NHS staff able to travel free of charge.
On 2 July the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport announced that Wales’ bus industry will be funded through a new Bus Emergency Scheme. The scheme was announced as the previous short-term support scheme - the Bus Hardship Fund - comes to an end. Revenue is expected to remain low for the foreseeable future and this emergency funding provides an operating subsidy in lieu of lost revenue, maintained at historic levels for an initial period of three months. Its aim is to deliver an integrated and flexible network to match supply to demand, flexi services, and allocate any additional funding
In addition, we have published guidance for transport operators on the measures that can be taken to ensure that passengers can travel safely and are looking at trialling pre-booking of journeys on the Welsh Government TrawsCymru strategic bus network. We are hoping to have discussions with Stagecoach and the local authorities in the next few days on whether this would be practical and appropriate for TrawsCymru services linking Brecon - Merthyr Tydfil – Cardiff”.
The Community Council will receive further communications from Dawn Bowden MS and Gerald Jones MP once these further discussions have taken place.
In relation to the rat issue in the community, the Community Council has engaged with a private pest control company and several residents have been assisted to date.
Two dog waste bins have been ordered and delivered for Garth Terrace, Bedlinog, and Trelewis Community Centre. They are currently with the print team having signage fitted to them and Rob Barnett’s team will then install.
The Community Council has funded the Food Hygiene training for six volunteers who can now prepare meals for residents that are shielding.
A letter was sent 11/06/2020 from MTCBC Legal Department to the owner of Ty’r Ywen Farm advising that they had 28 days to remove the electric gate and make the public footpath accessible to members of the public.
RJ queried recommendation 7.6.1 of the Internal Audit Report with the Internal Auditor – the advice was that a copy of the monthly payslips should be forwarded to the Chair to confirm payment.
The Community Council has made a further 19 hardship fund payments taking the total to 48 to date.