MTCBC are required to consult with the Community Council on the Borough Wide Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order. Councillors confirmed that they fully support the PSPO proposal and believe that dog fouling is a serious issue within the community.
A complaint was made to MTCBC Planning regarding Gabion Baskets erected at the rear of 56 Hylton Terrace. This land is the responsibility of the Community Council and we have been informed that the baskets require planning permission, so the Community Council is in breach of its licence for allowing this work to commence. RJ has contacted the resident at 56 Hylton Terrace who confirmed that he carried out the work – this was because the drain/culvert in the area keeps flooding and he has lost some of his garden due to land erosion etc. MTCBC have advised that the lease can be amended if the resident is interested in purchasing that part of the land and can then apply for retrospective planning permission. A Council decision was needed to be made as to whether Council were happy for the lease to be amended and for this part of the land to be excluded from the lease. Cllr Jago proposed that Council agree to the lease amendment, this was seconded by Cllr Frayne. Council resolved to agree to the amendment of the lease.
Bedlinog Community Centre has re-opened, guidance states that it is up to a maximum of 15 people allowed and it must be an organised activity. It must be organised by a business, a public body or a charitable or educational institution, a club or political organisation, or the national governing body of a sport or other activity. Track and trace must be in place and RJ must be notified of any use of the community centre.
All Community Council’s in Wales were contacted at the end of November by Repair Café Wales about some WG funding to set up pop-up reuse and repair projects around Wales. Deadlines were quite tight and the application had to be submitted by 1st December.
Repair café takes items destined for landfill and they make them available for people to borrow at low cost e.g. lawn mowers, hedge cutters, tools sewing machines, household items, clothes etc.
Also volunteer-led classes where people can bring their items and learn how to repair them, e.g. microwaves/kettles/other electrical items, clothes, bycicles encouraging communities to work towards a circular economy, creating a culture of repair and re-use.
Repair Café Wales will manage the project for us, 180k project that would run initially from March-June with the setup and planning taking place Jan-Mar.
Recruitment of Project Manager, Project Officer and Head of Repairs and Maintenance will be required.
Repair Café Wales will work on the setup of the project, the recruitment of staff, volunteers etc. Project could entail the hiring of an electric van also to offer a mobile service to those people who are isolated.
RJ has made initial enquiries with Bedlinog Miners Welfare Association about renting the Pavillion as a venue which has been agreed in principle. RJ should be able to update Council on the status of the grant application at the next Council meeting.
Cllr Matthews stated that she had been contacted by a resident to raise concern about the lack of recreational facilities in the area. The resident stated that the existing facilities are run down and in need of repair and/or upgrading. Cllr Jago advised that she would take this forward and was aware of some monies available for upgrade work to parks.
ACTION: Cllr Jago to update progress at next Council meeting.