Cllr Colbran was not in attendance at the meeting but provided the following email report:
"Colbran, Malcolm (Councillor)" <email@example.com>
Date: 1 March 2021 at 16:06:47 GMT
To: "Ryan James (BTCC Clerk)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: BTCC Council Meeting 08-03-2021
I won't be attending the Bedlinog & Trelewis Community Council meeting on 8th March 2021.
This is a copy of the update I gave residents for February.
During February I attended 21 online meetings.
MERTHYR TYDFIL CBC:
Full Council x 2
Rights of Way Committee
Licencing Committee x 2
Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
Independent Group meeting
Recovery, Tramsformation and Improvement Plan Workshop
BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY:
Emergency General Meeting × 2
Appointments Committee × 2
Sustainable Land Management Workshop
There were 2 EGM's, one concerning a report from Audit Wales and one to discuss the vacant post of Transition Director.
SOUTH WALES FIRE & RESCUE AUTHORITY:
Along with Cllr. Jago I met with Mark Ward, the Gelligaer Common Ranger, to discuss his latest project.
We also met with Rachel Morton of Restore The River for a Parc Taf Bargoed Lake draft designs briefing, a plan is being formulated which will hopefully provide a solution to the silting problem in the bottom lake.
As Biodiversity Champion I met with members of Green Spaces Network for presentations and discussions.
Stephens and George Charitable Trust donated Cllr. Jago and myself some St. Valantine's Day Gift packs and Play Merthyr donated us 30 Children's Arts & Crafts Packs, I arranged distribution of these around the Ward.
I also obtained funding for 50 bunches of daffodils which were delivered to residents nominated by their friends & family and to Glynbargoed House in time for St. David's Day.
Issues I've looked into on behalf of residents include Rights of Way disputes, drainage problems, gritting, replacement recycling containers, pot holes, fly tipping, off road biking, missed waste collections, street cleaning and damaged street furniture.
Ongoing issues include the problems in Brondeg & Trelewis Park, the lamp post which has been removed in Cherry Tree Lane, the unsafe tree at Captain's Hill and damaged bus shelters.
I continue to shop and collect prescriptions for vulnerable residents and deliver food parcels on behalf of Stephens & George.
Bedlinog & Trelewis Ward
Cllr Thomas advised that there had been a recent meeting of Full Council at MTCBC where the Council Tax increase for FY21-22 was approved. The original budget drafted had an increase of 4.99% but an increase of 3.55% was agreed. There is a balanced budget for FY21-22. The majority of properties in Bedlinog and Trelewis are in Band A and will receive a total bill of £1357.73 – of this amount, £191.81 covers the Police precept, and the Community Council precept is £19.81. In financial terms, there is a bleak picture for forthcoming years, but the Improvement Board is working to improve how the Council does business and to come up with some ideas to put the Council on a better platform.
Cllr Thomas informed Council that Cllr Chris Davies has been appointed as Deputy Leader at MTCBC, and that there is a new Cabinet post in relation to Regeneration, Transformation and Commercialisation.
Cllr Jago advised that she attended social services scrutiny committee, the Police and Crime Panel, met with the Gelligaer Common Ranger, and with consultants looking at designs for Taf Bargoed.
In terms of community work, Cllr Jago is still receiving a large number of cases in relation to potholes and dog mess. A Notice has also been served on Tir Ywen Farm, to remove the obstruction through the right of way by 26th March 2021. If this is not done, then MTCBC will remove the obstruction at a cost to the landowner.
Cllr Jago said that there is a definitive cut-off in the definitive map in 2026 for rights of way in the area, but if there are any historic paths that residents have used for generations, we need to record them now to ensure they are registered as a right of way in 2026. Cllr Jago suggested that when lockdown is lifted, that a community consultation event is held for residents to review maps and applications can be submitted for these to be registered as rights of way. The Active Travel Map consultation is currently under way allowing residents to comment on a blank map of the area and to submit comments.
Cllr Jago advised that a community survey has been launched to develop the need for pre-school facilities in the community. Cllr Jago hopes that we will be able to have a pre-school provision in Bedlinog again.