New Library Building
(Editors Note: This article was written before construction was delayed because of unforeseen problems with asbestos. The start date will be delayed )
Construction work on the new library will commence on Monday 16th August with the demolition of the old building and construction of the groundworks. Most of the car park will be fenced off, except for the footpath from Wenvoe Close to Old Port Road, and access to the Community Centre.
In the week of 30th August a large crane and the four building modules will be delivered, which will require a clear road from the church to the building site. Residents of Wenvoe Close and Lower Walston Road are asked NOT to park on the road at this time. The exact date will be notified by a letter to all concerned.
The plan is to complete all the work within 6 weeks, and to have the library back in operation by 4th Oct.
Police attended the meeting to update councillors on local crime figures and answer any questions. There was a report of a rogue trader operating in the village targeting vulnerable people. The police advice is if seen in the area to ring 101; but if spotted actually doing work call 999 and try and provide as much detail as possible about the vehicle they are using.
All regular users of the Community Centre have been contacted to assess their requirements for future use of the building as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. A new set of regulations will be provided for all hirers.
Additional notice boards will be erected at the Redrow and Belway developments when permission can be obtained from the landowners. A third board will be erected on St Andrews Road.
The Council still awaits the Vale’s S106 proposals for funding possible youth facilities locally.
The Council has been aware that the hall suffers from poor acoustics and the matter has been especially highlighted when holding social distancing meeting during the Covid-19 crisis.
Professional advice will be sought in an attempt to improve the situation.
Quotations for repairs/replacements to the Community Centre windows is still being investigated. Finding proficient contractors is at the present time proving difficult.
Concern has been expressed about the state of pavements around the area with overgrown hedges and weeds in particular. With Vale budgets being extremely limited they can only carry out limited operations. It is suggested we could improve the look of the community by at least keeping the area around our own properties tidy.
Complaints concerning the voting difficulties encountered recently by compelling all local voters to use the Community Centre as their polling station has resulted in a visit from the returning officers and agreement that the size of the community warranted a second polling location being required in future. An acceptable location will be sought at the northern end of the community (Culverhouse Cross area)
Every person should know when and how to perform CPR to keep the blood flowing to the brain and around the body in the event of an emergency. With the installation of additional defibrillator machines locally the public should also be confident in using the machines to assist in the patient’s recovery while awaiting the emergency services. The Council will be organising free training courses in the near future.