The following email report was received from County Councillor Malcolm Colbran:
From: Colbran, Malcolm (Councillor)
Sent: 04 January 2021 09:26
To: Ryan James (BTCC Clerk) <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: BTCC Council Meeting 11-01-2021
I won't be attending the meeting of Bedlinog & Trelewis Community Council on 11th January 2021.
This is a copy of the update I provided residents for December 2020.
During December I attended the following meetings.
All other meetings were postponed due to Officers being redeployed to help in the Covid-19 testing centres.
BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY:
Full NPA meeting
Planning, Access & Rights Of Way Committee
Audit Committee meeting with Welsh Audit Office
Appointments Committee x 4. Following the resignation of the Chief Executive the Appointments Committee met four times in December as we start the recruitment process for his replacement, we are also recruiting four senior staff at the same time so the next few months will be exceptional busy.
SOUTH WALES FIRE & RESCUE AUTHORITY:
Full Authority meeting.
GLAMORGAN ARCHIVES JOINT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:
LLYWDCOED CREMATORIUM JOINT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:
INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR GROUP:
Together with Cllr. Jago I attended the Taff Bargoed Angling Association Junior Section awards ceremony which took place outside & socially distanced.
We helped Santa deliver selection boxes & sweets to the children of Bedlinog & Trelewis and deliver presents to the residents & staff of Glynbargoed House.
We delivered Christmas gift bags to children on behalf of the Stephens & George Charitable Trust and gift bags to residents aged over 75 who had been nominated by friends & neighbours.
I also helped Merthyr Valleys Homes deliver Christmas Eve Boxes to children in Trelewis.
The damaged plaque at Trelewis War Memorial has been replaced.
There's an ongoing issue with flytipping at the Trelewis playground, investigations are taking place.
I've received a number of complaints regarding street lighting which I'm currently looking into.
The fence damaged in a traffic accident at the railway line behind Heol Isaf was repaired, the following week there was another accident at the same spot. I'm currently liaising with the Highways Department to improve safety measures.
During Storm Bella I was out with Officers to help identify and prevent potential flooding issues, it was very wet!
The number of complaints regarding dog fouling has increased markedly this month. All residents are reminded that they have a legal duty to clean up after their own dogs. Free dog waste bags are available from me upon request.
If you tie a food waste bag to your caddy, then the recycling team should leave you a new roll. If they do not or you forget then I have got some rolls available.
Along with other Councillors I took part in a Guard of Honour at the funeral of former MTCBC Mayor Tom Lewis.
It wasn't possible to hold normal Christmas events this year, so I attended a Virtual Christmas show at Greenfield School, the Llywdcoed Crematorium Virtual Carol Service and the Merthyr Tydfil Welsh Language Virtual Carol Service.
On behalf of the Community Action Group, I swept broken glass and cleared litter from the Bedlinog MUGA and litter picked along Taff straight and Stormtown hill.
I continue to shop & collect prescriptions on behalf of vulnerable residents.
Cllr. Malcolm Colbran
Bedlinog & Trelewis Ward
Cllr Jago advised Council that there was a rising number of foodbank requests over Christmas and the New Year, and that she is now registered as a referrer with the Trussell Trust.
130 goody bags were provided for children in Bedlinog and Trelewis who had been selected by the MTCBC Education Department. A community event also took place Thursday 10th December where children received a selection box from Santa. A hamper was also delivered to the staff at Glyn Bargoed Home.
Cllr Jago thanked the Community Council for funding the Christmas Gift Bags for residents. The total cost was £927.58 and each bag cost £9.28 per person.
A meeting has taken place with Play Wales to discuss Bedlinog and Trelewis becoming a pilot to promote outdoor play.
Case work has involved reporting potholes, street lighting and dog fouling.
Oakland surgery, Bedlinog is merging with Treharris Health Centre by the end of January 2021.
At the last MTCBC Full Council meeting, CEO Paul Mears, from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board provided an update on the current situation and how they are dealing with the pandemic.
Cllr Ian Thomas advised that Paul Mears, advised there were 50,000 people in the Health Board and 8000 vaccinations had been completed. Also, that they are looking at improved parking at PCH and further development work to take place at the hospital.
Cllr Thomas advised that the MTCBC provisional settlement for financial year 21/22 is an increase in revenue budget of approx. 5.5m.