There has been no further update on discussions around Bedlinog Miners Welfare Association’s request for the Community Council to be responsible for the recreational land around Bedlinog Community Centre. The association has been unable to sign off the 19/20 accounts to date.
The materials for the installation of the Butterfly Garden at Bedlinog Primary School have been delivered to the school and the Project Officer from Keep Wales Tidy will begin work Thursday 15th October. Work on the Wildlife Garden around Bedlinog Community Centre will begin shortly after.
MTCBC Planning Department have been notified that the Community Council had no objections to Planning Application P/20/0166.
PPE has been purchased for the Community Centre staff/volunteers to use and a risk assessment has been completed in readiness for when guidelines allow us to re-open the Community Centre.
RJ has been in contact with MTCBC regarding the land at the rear of Trelewis High Street Car Park, following residents’ requests to use the land as allotment space. The land is within the boundary of the Deed of Dedication and so any use of the land must be approved by the Big Lottery as well as MTCBC. Any use would need to be governed by an occupational agreement such as a lease. The Community Council can pass contact details on to the residents that have set up a Community Action Group should they wish to proceed in expressing formal interest.
The Caretaker of Bedlinog Community Council has been paid the living wage as of 1st September 2020.
Cllr Sherelle Jago has advised that the light on the roundabout at Hylton Terrace/Maes Y Beddw has been repaired.
The Community Council has been informed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that they were successful with their application for a 50k Local Places for Nature Grant. The areas agreed for works to be carried out within Bedlinog and Trelewis are currently being reviewed by MTCBC Estates department in order for licences to be issued to the Community Council. The Biodiversity Officer and Ecologist at MTCBC are working on detailed plans/sketches for us. The procurement exercise for Bedlinog Allotments works has begun.
It has been brought to the Clerk’s attention that a licence was granted by MTCBC to the Community Council in 2008 for the ‘kick-about’ area at the rear of Hylton Terrace. The Community Council have a duty to maintain the play equipment on a regular basis for Health & Safety purposes. Costs have been received from MTCBC Park’s department and are as follows: Weekly visual inspection - £12.50 per week – annual cost £650; Three-month operational inspection – annual cost £100. Annual independent inspection - £55. The total annual cost is £850.
There is some maintenance work to be carried out at the moment – there are some bolts missing, a large piece of the kick-about fence is missing, there is also a piece of the outer perimeter green fencing taken down that leads to the stream below that needs to be replaced to safeguard the site.
Cllr Searl proposed that the annual maintenance costs be approved, as well as the repairs required to safeguard the site. Cllr Jago seconded, and Council resolved to approve the annual and maintenance costs.
Cllr Evans raised that there is anti-social behaviour around the site and a lockable gate should be considered. Cllr Jago advised that all anti-social behaviour should be reported to the Police for a Police presence to be maintained.
Action: RJ to publish a social media post asking all residents to report any anti-social behaviour at the site to the Police. RJ to obtain pricing for a lockable gate at the site.