Cllr Thomas advised that MTCBC’s main focus of attention is the recovery transformation and improvement plan which the authority is working on to satisfy Audit Wales requirements. MTCBC is to address the lack of capacity and expertise which was caused by letting key posts go to balance the budget in previous years. Communication will be strengthened and the current financial position that the Council is in will be built upon. Council will take more of a medium to long term view going forward, rather than focussing on the annual budget. A response from the Council is going to Full Council in the May 2021 Council meeting and will then be sent to Audit Wales.
The other item is the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act – Welsh Government set some goals for all local authorities to comply with, being education, resilience, and economic recovery.
Cllr Jago advised that works on Taf Road are going well in respect of the drainage works.
The issues around the road leading to Bedlinog Community Primary School, where emergency vehicles were getting stuck has been resolved.
The community consultation for pre-school facilities in Bedlinog has ended and Cllr Jago is confident that there is enough demand.
Lots of residents have been in contact in regard to issues with the Doctor’s Surgery – a new telephone system is now in place and patients in Oakland Surgery will now have full access to the facilities available.
Cllr Jago is hoping to re-open the Youth Club at Bedlinog Community Centre in June and will liaise with RJ in respect of risk assessments.
Both schools in the community are in a good financial position – Trelewis Primary School are recruiting for a new Deputy Head Teacher and Bedlinog Community Primary School are recruiting a new teaching post.
Lots of work going on with the railways as there will be an introduction of a 7.5 tonne weight limit on the Shinrig Road Bridge. This will cause issues with large vehicle access to Bedlinog and Trelewis, so Cllr Jago is working with Caerphilly CBC on this issue.
Cllr Jago is working with Mark Davies in terms of litter picking and the community waste project. The old Bedlinog Post Office and Trelewis Community Centre will be designated litter picking hubs to collect bags, litter pickers etc. volunteers can bring the bags back to the centre or Post Office for MTCBC to collect.
The local authority will shortly be distributing ‘recycling on the go’ bins across the county borough to encourage more recycling.
County Malcolm Colbran was not in attendance at the meeting but provided the following email report:
From: Colbran, Malcolm (Councillor) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 04 May 2021 16:28
To: Ryan James (BTCC Clerk) <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: BTCC Meeting 10-05-2021
I won't be attending the meeting of Bedlinog & Trelewis Community Council on the 10th of May.
This is a copy of the update I provided residents for April.
In April I attended the following online meetings.
Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Committee
Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
Active Travel Workshop
Scrutiny Self Evaluation Workshop
Independent Group Meeting
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Sustainable Development Fund
Greenfield School Governors Finance Committee
New School Curriculum Briefing
Gelligaer & Merthyr Common Partnership
Merthyr Tydfil Biodiversity Partnership
I held socially distanced meetings with
Taff Bargoed Angling Association
Stormtown Residents x2
Issues I've looked into on behalf of residents include burials policy, street furniture, cattle grids, road closures, abandoned vehicles, anti-social behaviour and off-road biking.
This month Community Volunteers have picked over 30 bags of litter from all over Bedlinog & Trelewis, thanks to all those involved."
Cllr. Malcolm Colbran
Bedlinog & Trelewis Ward