Cllr Jago advised Council that MTCBC Social Services department are dealing with an increase in positive tests from staff and agency staff, so a system has been implemented to carry out routine testing to ensure as many staff who may be asymptomatic are targeted as possible to identify any positive cases.
Care Inspectorate for Wales has given the authority notice of inspection of early intervention and prevention in terms of Children’s and Adult’s Services. The virtual inspection will begin Monday 19th October, and Cllr Jago will inform the Community Council of the outcome of the inspection when it is published.
There are concerns in hospitals locally in terms of COVID cases – MTCBC is working with the Health Board to ensure that people are not at risk in the community and within care home settings. A new, robust, ‘discharge process has been implemented.
Corporately, the MTCBC Call Centre is managing large call volumes – Lifeline cases have increased also, so MTCBC are working to ensure that they have support staff in place to maintain these key operational services.
In respect of schools, within the last week, seven schools and one pre-school setting have been affected by positive COVID cases. A total of 964 pupils and 10 members of staff were off last week due to COVID. Work is also underway to determine how viable it is to maintain breakfast clubs and half term clubs for parents who are working, an announcement is expected within the next week.
County Councillor Malcolm Colbran did not attend the meeting, but provided the following email report:
The Council and most Public Bodies are in recess during August, the only meeting I had was a rearranged meeting of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority which had been held over from July.
Although the Helping Hands food parcel scheme ended on the 15th August, I continue to shop and collect prescriptions on behalf of vulnerable residents.
I met with residents in Stormtown regarding off road biking at the quarry and have spoken to the local PSCO’s about the problem.
I visited Rock UK to find out how the pandemic has affected their business and ask what help the Council can provide. I have also met with other local businesses which have been badly affected to offer support.
Speed surveys have been requested on behalf of residents in Bontnewydd Terrace & Glynbargoed Road.
I met with residents regarding blocked culverts at the rear of Field Street, the road leading to Trelewis Primary School and Hylton Terrace, Bedlinog.
Council meetings resumed for the first time since March, and I attended the Council AGM, Licensing Committee, Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Committee, Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, Rights Of Way Committee, a Councillors training workshop and a briefing on the recovery programme.
I also continue to meet regularly with members of the Independent Group, had a 1-2-1 meeting with the Leader of the Council and met with the Neighbourhood Services Cabinet Member and the Officer in charge to discuss problems with grass cutting.
In addition, I attended the following meetings:
A Brecon Beacons National Park Authority meeting as well as the Sustainable Development Fund, the Policy Forum and an Extraordinary General Meeting.
A South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority meeting and the Financial Management Committee meeting.
Glamorgan Archives Joint Management Committee
Taff Bargoed Learning Partnership and a meeting of School Governor Chairs & Vice Chairs.
Following the introduction of the temporary road traffic scheme at Trelewis school I met on site with the Road Safety Officer and parents to receive feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive.
There are ongoing issues at Trelewis Welfare Park following the installation of the temporary road the Council have laid to access the school and build the new classrooms, these are unlikely to be resolved until the work is completed and the Park restored. I continue to meet regularly with residents and the Bowls Club to discuss their concerns.
The blocked culvert behind Field Street has been cleared, investigations are continuing into other sites.
Most complaints received during the Summer relate to dog fouling, the Wimpy Estate is a particular hotspot. I have also had many complaints regarding recycling.
Work is continuing on the new Trelewis playground and hopefully there’ll be news regarding the completion date soon.
During any free time and weather permitting I’m working with the Community Action Group cutting grass, clearing overgrowth and litter picking, we’ll be starting bulb planting in October, the Community Improvement Fund recently purchased 15kg of daffodil, 200 crocus and 600 mixed Spring flowering bulbs.