Planning Updates May 2022
The following applications have been approved
- Glenburnie, Port Road Development of a Care Home and associated works, Discharge of Condition 3 (Materials Details).
- 60, Burdons Close. Work to Tree(s) covered by Tree Preservation Order
Cae Hafan Fields, Adjacent to A4050, Wenvoe. A planning application to erect a wooden shed for agricultural storage purposes has been refused. The proposed shed was not considered to be justified as reasonably necessary for the purposes of agriculture within the unit and is not considered to be permitted development
Council members have met with the new police officers for the area and raised local issues with them. With new appointments it is anticipated that they will have a greater presence in the area in the future. They do encourage the reporting of all local incidences to the police as this influences the amount of coverage the area receives.
Posters, which have continued to appear for over 18 months, seeking Flash the missing dog are still being discovered with razor blades attached to injure anybody attempting to remove them. The Walston Road dog owner has been visited by the police who continue to take an interest in the case.
With no outstanding 106 payments for the library building the Vale is investigating the proposed projects for the remaining available funds. These include outdoor gym equipment, the update of the Station Road tennis courts as a multi-use area and additional equipment for the Heol Collen play area.
The council have agreed to permanently mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the erecting of a toposcope located on the mound at Twyn-yr-Odyn. The purchase of bunting, flags and lamp post decorations was confirmed. (see page 9 for a list of activities planned to mark the occasion)
Investigation has started on the hardware and installation of an audio system to allow the public and any housebound councillors to participate in council meetings from remote locations. This is one of the new requirements the Welsh Goverment require local councils to provide.
The management of the Wenvoe library is no longer a service delivered by the Vale but is provided by a team of local volunteers. The Council has provided and maintains a building for this activity to take place along with the recent provision of a coffee facility requested by the public. The councillors discussed the subject of the rent charged for their exclusive use of the structure. The library management committee would like it provided rent free, while most councillors feel there is no precedence for such action while all other volunteer led village groups pay rent to use council buildings to run the community services they provide. Due to the rebuilding works, re-establishing a library facility and Covid restrictions the rent has been forgone for the last couple of years.
The official opening of the new library building is planned for Saturday 21st May. (See front cover). Work on the redesigned patio area is hoped to start soon. The Vale is to be approached about the provision of new location street signs.
Investigations continue for a company to repair/replace the windows in the Community Centre that can meet the latest building requirements and are suitable for the building which is in a conservation area.
The appointment of a Clerk to the Council has not materialised. The council is seeking new applicants for the post. If email@example.com please contact the chairman, Rhian Sexton 2059 3522 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The April meeting was the last meeting of the present council which due to Covid, has been in office for the past six years. For various reasons many of the councillors are not standing again and only a few persons are seeking office. The new council, when formed, will be seeking to co-opt interested persons to fill any vacancies. The chairman thanked the present councillors for their service to the community and made a presentation to Cllr Harvey and Cllr Moody for the very many years of service they have provided.