The progress of Wenvoe

I took a stroll the other day,
And passing Wenvoe on my way
Was pleased to see such progress made,
As it is always good for trade.
I mean the village is so changed,
New houses built and well arranged,
The gardens and the walks so clean,
Which proves that some one lives within.
Ten years ago this village look'd dilapidated,
And men forsook the place,
And went to other soil
To get their bread by honest toil.
But now its progress is so great,
New houses built in every street,
That every man can work who will
According to his strength and skill.
Tis quite a treat for those who ride,
In brakes and traps to the seaside,
To pass this place, with meadows fair,
And peace and beauty everywhere.
The Church is getting much too small
To seat the people when they all
Come as they ought on Sunday there,
To spend the time in praise and prayer.
The tower is low, it has no pride,
But scaffolding now stands by its side,
And workmen soon will point its face
And raise its head to grace the place.


Barry Dock News, 21st July 1893



Reflecting on the change and development of Wenvoe since 1893 you may wish to consider the poem's relevance to the village as it is today













May Planning Applications


• 11, Vishwell Road. Proposed works including ground floor extension to form new living room, garage extension with new roof, first floor conservatory and loft extension with side dormer for staircase and rear dormer. The council were concerned for the privacy of neighbours with a conservatory on the roof of the extension and a balcony on the 2nd floor, hence did not support the application.

• Land South of Wenvoe and East of Port Road, Wenvoe. New access, parking area and internal pathways to serve proposed allotments. The applicant seeks to extend the present planning approval by a further two years. Supported.

• Woodview, Garn Farm, Wenvoe. The bungalow was built with an agricultural occupancy condition. The present owner, not meeting the conditions are seeking to vary the order. With no valid reason to alter the situation the council did not to support the application.

• Brooklands Retail Park, Culverhouse Cross. Proposed new Starbucks drive-through unit located adjacent to the road nearest Culverhouse Cross. The development would involve the loss of one third of the parking spaces. With the new Aldi store to open soon and the possibility of the two empty stores being occupied the council considered there would be insufficient parking remaining and would not support the application.

• Dyffryn Springs, St Lythans Road, Dyffryn. Construction of a building to serve as a wedding venue. The application seeks to replace the present marquee with a building based on wooden barn design. The council supported the application subject to legal restrictions to prevent any future planning approval for residential use

May Planning Updates

Planning updates

The following applications have been approved.

• 5, Grange Avenue, Wenvoe. Demolition of existing flat roof extension and the proposed rear extension

• Little Hamston, Dyffryn. Extension to the rear of the house which falls under permitted development

• Land West of Port Road, – Redrow development. Wenvoe. Discharge of Conditions 10 – Reserved Matters and Non-material Amendment-Seeking an extension of time to Condition 2 for a one year period.


The annual accounts were presented and approved.

No police representative attended the latest Council meeting. A report listed eight local incidents during the last 30 days.



£2.1million rural housing in Wenvoe gets approval

A development of fifteen affordable homes, with spectacular views of Cardiff, has received planning permission.

Newydd Housing Association has received approval to build 6 one bedroom apartments and 9 two bedroom houses to meet affordable housing need in the small hamlet of Twyn-yr-Odyn, which lies south west of Culverhouse Cross close to Wenvoe and St Lythans.

Located on the brownfield site of a former bus depot and vehicle repairs centre, stunning views of Castell Coch, the Caerphilly mountain range and key Cardiff landmarks will be seen from the proposed rear gardens.

The look of the £2.1million housing development will be equally as striking. The design team have ensured that the scheme will be in-keeping with the history and character of its rural surroundings by proposing to use reconstituted stone and colourful render to give the development a village feel.

Using grant from the Welsh Government supported by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to keep rents affordable, together with private finance, Newydd hopes that construction will begin before the end of 2017, with the aim of offering these brand new homes for affordable rent early 2019.

As part of the planning consent Newydd will also be undertaking a series of traffic calming measures along St Lythans Road following comments received during public consultation with the local community.

Cllr Colin Thomas, Chair of Wenvoe Community Council said, “We welcome the provision of extra affordable housing in the eastern part of the rural Vale and particularly on this brownfield site.”

These homes will be available for affordable rent and are being developed to address local housing need, priority will be given to applicants with a connection to the local community. Residents with an interest in renting one of these properties should register with Homes4U, the affordable housing register for the county.


Has anyone out there got some LEGO they have finished with, know where you can buy LEGO at a reasonable price or any other information re LEGO
We would like to offer sessions in the library for MASTER LEGO BUILDERS – any age, any skill level (we already have one thousand Duplo Bricks). We are open to offers regarding the best timing for this. As long as there is a library volunteer available the library can be opened for this activity.
LEGO sessions are offered in Penarth Library on a Saturday morning and are very well attended and successful. So come on Wenvoe, lets show them that when it comes to LEGO BUILDING we can beat off all comers.
My ability to build those diggers and helicopters was always questionable and with the rolling on of the years I think my skills are now well down the scale so CAN YOU HELP?
To contact me, Sylvia Harvey Telephone 02920 592261 or email: sylviaharvey@hotmail.co.uk
Hope to hear from yo

May Library News

From the middle of June all the libraries in the Vale will be using a new computer system which is being rolled out across the whole of Wales. It is hoped that the new system will be more reliable but also provide extra functionality; for example, it will be possible to search for a book held at any library in Wales. There's always a downside and we have been informed that the new system will not be loaded with your borrowing history; at the moment, we can tell you if you have previously read a book and send you back to look for another one. If you have found yourself being advised of this in the past you can ask for your history to be downloaded and we will be able to search that borrowing history for you in the library.

Another downside is that you will not be able to access the Library system from home for the first two weeks of June to order or renew books whilst the catalogue is being migrated across to the new system. Please bear with us!

On a happier note we are looking at opening for an extra afternoon in the week but can only do this if we have additional volunteers, If you can help on a Wednesday afternoon, that would be great. We don't want to reveal our new opening times yet, but watch this space.

The opportunity to explore your family history has been taken up by a number of people and is going well. If you would like to take part please call into the library on a Tuesday morning.

We are hoping to have "Digital Drop-ins" where an IT expert can offer hints, tips and help with lap-tops or tablets


In the Children’s Section we have some amazing new books
Ella’s Kitchen – Easy Family Cookbook
Mr Men – Search and Find
Biff, Chip and Kipper – 18 different titles in this series. Wow. I wonder who has read them all?
For the Grown Ups
Blind Sight – Carol O’Connell
Die of Shame – Mark Billingham
Dog of Hope
As you come in the door to the Library you will see these books displayed opposite you.

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