Agenda item

County Councillors Report

(i) To receive an update from County Councillors Jago, Thomas and Colbran.

Minutes:

Cllr Ian Thomas advised that MTCBC is trying to improve the quality of services and approved the creation of a new Commercial Unit. The unit will look at how MTCBC can raise some money and improve finances - a Commercial Manager and two other staff to support the team will be appointed. MTCBC has also approved the appointment of a Tree Manager - there is a big problem in the borough called Ash Dieback and it will require resources put into it to control it, cut down affected trees etc. The newly appointed Tree Manager will oversee this over a 5-year plan.

 

Cllr Jago advised of the workshops that she has attended over the last month within MTCBC. Also, casework is very busy with day-to-day reporting of issues. There have been no referrals to the foodbank this month, so this is a positive sign. Cllr Jago is also supporting Trelewis Bowls Club with funding and Bedlinog RFC for future projects they have.

 

Cllr Jago asked if we could re-establish outreach in Bedlinog and Trelewis with Citizens Advice for a two-hour slot once a month – this will be explored when COVID restrictions allow.

 

Lots of residents are still having issues in respect of Rights of Way at Tyr y wen Farm. When COVID restrictions allow the Community Council will hold a workshop for the community and have a definitive map of where the Rights of Way are for the local area and ensure they are fully accessible – we can invite Beth Jones, Rights of Way Officer. We will try and organise this for September time – if restrictions allow.

 

Lots of residents still angry that toilets are not open all the time at Parc Taf Bargoed, this has been escalated to the Leader of the Council and will be raised with the parks department 13/07/2021.

 

The whole community has been sprayed with weed killer and a second spray will be carried out within the whole community - every single street will be done by end of August.

 

Gelligaer and Merthyr common project – going very well and they have planted 2015 trees so far across the common. Joint patrols are taking place with the Police and the Ranger.

 

The plans for the build of the pre-school have been submitted. The work is going out to tender by the end of July, and it is hoped to have a contractor appointed and ready to start in November 2021. Aiming for completion by May 2022.

 

Ebenezer Close, Trelewis - a few months ago there was an incident where the fire service was called to Trelewis Primary School but could not gain access. Fire Service took over an hour to gain access to the school because of the obstructions so bollards will be placed in the close to enable access and to ensure safety of the school children.

 

Bedlinog Fence on B4525 – contractor has obtained quotes; the local authority is having difficulty obtaining timber at the present time.

 

Inspection of playgrounds has been completed and proposal now is a 285k capital programme be invested in playgrounds across the authority. It has been agreed Lewis Street Playground will be one of the first to be completed by the end of March 2022.

 

Defibs were to be available through South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, but they have not come to fruition, Cllr Jago would like to have further defibs across the community. Potentially one at Coed Yr Hendre, one near the shop in Hylton Terrace, one in Stormtown, and one in Trelewis High Street. RJ will obtain pricing for defibs and investigate maintenance contracts in readiness for the next meeting.

 

County Councillor Colbran was invited to the meeting but declined the invitation, and sent the following email report:

 

From: "Colbran, Malcolm (Councillor)" <malcolm.colbran@merthyr.gov.uk>
Date: 6 July 2021 at 18:27:50 BST
To: "Ryan James (BTCC Clerk)" <clerk@bedlinogcommunitycouncil.gov.wales>
Subject: Re: BTCC Meeting 12-07-21



Mr James,

I won't be attending the meeting of Bedlinog & Trelewis Community Council on 12/07/21.

This is a copy of the report I provided to residents for June.

 

During June I attended the following online meetings.

MTCBC:

Full Council

Licencing Committee

Planning Committee

Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Committee

Age 3-16 New School briefing

Planning Workshop

Independent Group meeting x 2

South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority AGM

Llywdcoed Crematorium Joint Management Committee

Greenfield School Governors Staffing Committee

A book launch at Stephens & George Charitable Trust

A meeting regarding names missing from Merthyr Tydfil War Memorials

Litter Picking Hub Manager Training

As Mayor I attended:

The opening of the Reuse Shop in Pentrebach.

The raising of the flags at the Civic Centre for Armed Forces Week with other Councillors..

A lunch with Jeff Edwards, the High Sheriff, along with the Leader of the Council, Lisa Mytton, and the Mayors and Leaders of RTC & Bridgend Councils.

The funeral of Major Tudor Price MBE along with other Councillors.

I took part in litter picks with Merthyr Valleys Homes around the Wimpy Estate in Trelewis and with Restore The River around Parc Taf Bargoed.

I met on site with representatives of Trelewis Bowls Club, local residents and the Estates & Parks Departments to discuss some of the ongoing problems in Trelewis Park.

Issues I've helped with residents include:

Weed control

Planning queries

Grant applications

Pot holes

Fly tipping

Replacement recycling containers

Redundant street furniture

The reopening of the toilets in Parc Taf Bargoed

I continue to work with the Bedlinog & Trelewis Community Action Group. This month we've mainly concentrated on grass cutting and path clearance and we repaired the Bedlinog Fox at the entrance to the village.

Games Night is increasingly popular and the event for National Picnic Week had a record turnout.

I now run a Keep Wales Tidy litter picking hub in Bedlinog where residents can borrow equipment, this has proved a great success with over 20 bags of rubbish being collected so far.

 

Cllr. Malcolm Colbran
Bedlinog & Trelewis Ward

 

 

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