Cllr Sherelle Jago stated that over the last month, lots of meetings of the Local Authority have been held virtually. Cllr Jago has also attended the Taf Bargoed Learning Partnership Finance meeting and Autumn Term Meeting. Both schools are in a very stable financial position.
Regarding Bedlinog Primary School, an extension is planned, and Little Cubs Pre-School were due to move into the new facility. The pre-school has now closed, and Cllr Jago is working with MTCBC to provide an alternative provider.
Cllr Jago also attended a meeting of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Panel, where the new Chief Constable, Jeremy Vaughan’s appointment was endorsed.
A Full Council meeting was held 4th November 2020, most of the meeting was dedicated to the new Cyfarthfa Park programme – a 20-year plan to regenerate the park and museum.
A business case was also presented to Council to bring the gully sucker service back-in house, as it has been outsourced to Caerphilly County Borough Council for the last five years.
WG has provided each Local Authority an amount of money to support young females and end period poverty. Outreach and sanitary supplies will also be provided for Bedlinog and Trelewis Youth Club.
The new playground in the Shindrig Estate has been opened – this was funded by Redrow and is being well used by the community.
MTCBC are also consulting on a Public Spaces Protection Order in terms of dog fouling, an instant fine can be issued of up to £100, and failure to pay can lead to them being summoned to court with the fine increased to £1000.
Cllr Malcolm Colbran provided the following email report:
During October I attended virtual meetings of the Merthyr Tydfil Independent Group, Full Council, the Planning Committee, the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee and took part in a Councillor's permanency workshop.
As the Council’s representative I attended two meetings of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority as well as meetings of their Audit Committee and Planning & Rights of Way Committee, I also took part in a virtual planning site visit and attended a diversity training session. It has been a very challenging time for the Parks Authority as their entire computer system was taken offline by a cyber ransomware attack.
Unfortunately, the Mayor was unwell on the 21st October so, as his Deputy, I laid a wreath at Aberfan cemetery to mark the anniversary of the disaster.
The new Trelewis Playground on the Wimpy Estate has opened. Cllr. Jago and I have worked hard on this project for the last 3½ years.
I have helped residents with problems centred around waste collections, housing, and environmental health issues. Although there has been a decrease in the number of complaints, I have received regarding anti-social behaviour this month off-road biking continues to be a problem throughout the Ward.
Following the announcement of the new Firebreak NDR grant I have been in contact with local businesses and advising them how to apply.
Several residents have asked if I could get the damaged dog waste bin at the end of Bedlinog Terrace replaced and arrange for a new bin at the Trelewis playground. As dog waste bins normally come under the remit of the Community Council, I have asked Cllr. Jago to raise this at their next meeting.
There was a Governors meeting of the Taff Bargoed Learning Partnership.
I was previously a Governor at Trelewis School and following the Federation with Bedlinog School and a new joint Governing body being formed I advised the Chair that although it was a role I really enjoyed I felt it was time for me to step down. I was asked to stay on until the new Governing body was fully established, now this has happened I will be leaving in the New Year. I will be staying on in my role as Deputy Chair of Greenfield School Governors.
One of the plaques at Trelewis War Memorial has been damaged and I have arranged for it to be replaced.
Despite not being able to use Trelewis Community Centre due to Covid-19 the School Uniform Exchange Scheme was a great success once again this year and was extended into October.
The number of prescriptions I collect and the amount of shopping I do on behalf of vulnerable residents has increased during the Firebreak Lockdown.
The Community Action group was very active in October grass cutting, hedge trimming, litter picking and planting Spring bulbs until the Firebreak Lockdown put a temporary halt to activities.
Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to benefit the community.
The Community Cinema has secured funding to show free films for children in both Bedlinog & Trelewis when it is safe to so.