Cllr Ian Thomas advised Council that the audited statement of accounts was approved at the last MTCBC Full Council. There is a revenue surplus of 2.98m.
All secondary schools and Greenfield are closed from 14-12-2020 and all primary schools will close from 15-12-2020. Children will be expected to complete online virtual learning until the last day of term.
Cllr Sherelle Jago advised Council that a new strategy was approved at MTCBC Full Council, ‘Raising Aspirations Raising Standards’ (RARS). The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that there are the best outcomes for all children and young people across the County Borough.
Another week has been agreed for the COVID-19 Mass Testing in Merthyr Tydfil – testing will continue at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre from 14-12-2020 until 18-12-2020.
Cllr Malcolm Colbran was invited to the meeting but did not attend – Cllr Colbran provided the following email update:
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council:
During November I attended two Full Council meetings, meetings of the Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Committee, the Planning Committee, the Licensing Committee, two Independent Group meetings, two Councillor updates on the Covid-19 mass testing programme and a Councillor workshop on play sufficiency. All other Council meetings were postponed due to officers assisting in the Covid-19 testing centres.
South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority:
I attended meetings of the HR Committee and the Finance & Performance Management Committee.
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority:
It's been a busy time for the BBNPA as we try and catch up with a backlog outstanding work caused by both Covid-19 and the cyber-attack. There were meetings of the Policy Forum, the Sustainable Development Fund, the Appointments Committee, Full National Park Authority, a meeting of the Local Authority members and a meeting to discuss Planning Appeals.
As well as the Autumn Term meeting I attended meetings of the Finance Committee and the Staffing Committee.
I arranged for all pupils to receive a selection box for Christmas
There was also a briefing for all Merthyr Tydfil School Governor Chairs/Vice Chairs.
I Chaired a virtual meeting of the Merthyr Tydfil Biodiversity Partnership.
Along with Park Warden I planted trees in Park Taff Bargoed, these were donated by the Stephens and George Charitable Trust.
I helped the Community Action Group finish the Spring flower bulb planting programme. Over 2000 bulbs have been planted in ten locations across the Ward this Autumn. The Community Action Group also donated bulbs to the Trelewis Playgroup.
I met with Rachel Morton of Restore the River for a socially distanced walk around Park Taff Bargoed and get an update on her project, I also met with Taff Bargoed Angling Association and officers from the Council to discuss various issues while I was in the Park.
I have met with several local businesses to advise them of the support the Council can offer during the pandemic as well as meeting with the Taff Bargoed Development Trust and Rock UK. The Community Improvement Fund donated some dog waste bags to Rock UK to be given out free, these are also available from Bedlinog Bargains and will be in Trelewis Community Centre when it reopens.
The culvert which caused the flooding issues at Rock UK during Storm Dennis is due to be upgraded soon.
Despite there being no formal Remembrance Day Services I joined with members of the Royal British Legion at Bedlinog, Trelewis and Merthyr Tydfil War Memorials to pay our respects. Special thanks to Jan for providing the Last Post at Bedlinog and Bob for the Exhortation and reading aloud the names of those who gave their lives.
I have dealt with a number of resident issues including ensuring the grit bins have been refilled ahead of winter, potholes, information on planning applications, fly tipping and discarded drug paraphernalia.
Sadly, Little Cubs Playgroup in Bedlinog has closed. I called in to see Leanne and Claire to thank them for everything they have done over the years and give them some small gifts on behalf of the Community.
I arranged for Barnaby Road Markings to paint one of their Santa designs on the road next to Bedlinog War Memorial.
I continue to shop and deliver prescriptions on behalf of residents.