Colwinston Community Council - Latest News
23 May 2019Hysbysiad Cyhoeddus : Public Notice
Byddwn yn gwneud gwaith i wella Ardal Chwarae Tregolwyn yn fuan. Bydd y gwaith yn cynnwys cyflenwi a gosod offer chwarae, celfi ac arwynebau newydd. Disgwylir i'r contractwr ddechrau ddydd Llun 3 ydd Mehefin 2019 a bydd ar y safle am tua 4 wythnos. Yn ystod y cyfnod hwn bydd yr ardal chwarae ar gau i'r cyhoedd. Ymddiheuriadau am hyn. Os oes gennych unrhyw sylwadau, ffoniwch: 01446 704769.
We will shortly be undertaking the upgrade of Colwinston Play Area. The works will include supplying and installing new play equipment, site furniture and surfacing. It is expected that the Contractor will commence the work on Monday 3rd June 2019 and will be on site for a period of approximately 4 weeks. During this time the play area will be closed to the public.We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any comments please ring: 01446 704769.
22 May 2019Changes to recycling in the Vale
Vale of Glamorgan Council: Recycling Presentation
Ewenny Village Hall 18th. June 2019 7:00 PM
There will be a Recycling Presentation by the Recycling Officer for The Vale of Glamorgan Council for representatives and residents of Llandow and Ewenny Ward Community Councils in Ewenny Village Hall at 7:00PM on Tuesday 18th. June 2019.
Members from Community Councils throughout the area will be attending and spaces are available for Members of the Public. They are however limited so if you would wish to attend would you please let our Deputy Clerk - Cllr. Christine Roach know in advance.
As there will be the opportunity for Questions but you are unable to attend please let Christine Roach know and she will ask them for you.
18 May 2019Council Newsletter May 2019
Progress on projects during the last few weeks has been frustratingly slow as we await approval or comment from such as the VoGC, WAG, and BT. Hopefully by the end of June things will be rather better.
We are most pleased that Kevin Protherow will resume his duties on 20th. May. When this is confirmed we will publish his contact details on the Community Council Website. In the meantime any contact should be through the Temporary Honorary Clerk, Chris Roach. email@example.com . If she is not available and the matter needs a speedy Vale Council response, eg Fly Tipping please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org
As last reported, we have hnow ad two relatively unpleasant Fly Tipping incidents in the last month. Three weeks ago someone left a large clear builders rubble bag of animal remains and at least two dozen broken eggs in a farm gateway just before the A48 junction. Crows made short work of the eggs but the bag was another matter. There was a second similar incident near Wick. Then this week contractors fly tipped what appears to be the rubbish resulting from a refurbishment project in the area, into the ditch on the road from Stembridge to Ewenny. A smashed large wash basin, plastic piping, stud partitioning even an empty gas canister and various household electrical items were amongst the rubbish. The VoGC dealt with both these incidents very efficiently and quickly. Should they discover any evidence which suggests who was responsible they will consider prosecution. Should anyone have any evidence please let email@example.com know in confidence.
Please let us have any observations and questions regarding the new VoGC recycling arrangements.
firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.colwinstoncommunitycouncil.co.uk
Unfortunately the update on this topic was too late for inclusion in last months printed Newsletter so it is reproduced below.
‘Maintenance of the larger areas of the Village is undertaken by the Vale Council and that programme begins next month. (May). The Community Council looks after the Village Well, The Spinney Bank and the Little Hill where the programme started at the beginning of this month. (April). We are fortunate that Alun Austin looks after the Village Green where a new footpath past the new recently installed Notice Board, fabricated from Oak donated by John and Julie Lloyd, will be laid during the Summer. Cllr. Roach has also placed a copy of the Village Map and Meetings dates together with Member information on the Notice Board which Billy Browning helped us fit. John Lloyd has also revarnished the Bollards and Cynthia and Richard Gibbs regularly contribute much valued time on Little Hill whilst Ed Lewis and the Litter Picker Group undertake year round work helping to keep the area tidy. Thank you all.’
Broadband and Tree Planting
Thank you to those who responded to our requests in regard to the Broadband Survey and your views on the proposed Tree Planting Programme. These were most helpful. We shall keep you updated through the Newsletter and Community Council Website. http://www.colwinstoncommunitycouncil.co.uk .
The new Defibrillator at The Sycamore is expected to be installed during week commencing 20th. May. The old equipment will then be assessed and a decision made as to the feasibility of its being upgraded and being re-sited at the Village Hall. If not viable, a new complete unit will be installed.
Please note that due to Building Works, the next meetings of the Community Council, the AGM and OGM, will be held at St. Davids Church in Wales School on 20th May 2019 at 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM respectively and not in The Sycamore.
Community Council News and information is regularly updated on our Website.
Please go to http://www.colwinstoncommunitycouncil.co.uk
Peter Graham-Woollard - email@example.com 18:05:2019
02 May 2019Fly Tipping
Earlier this week someone dumped a Clear Builders Bag with a large quantity of Animal Remains and a large number of smashed eggs in the last Gateway just South of the A48 Crack Hill junction to the Village.
Apart from being grossly antisocial and against the Law the contents also posed a serious Health Risk.
Thanks to very prompt action by the Vale of Glamorgan Council the material was removed and any risk minimised. Scavenging birds also helped clear up the eggs.
If you have any information which might help catch the culprits please pass it in confidence to the Temporary Clerk, Christine Roach firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Graham-Woollard - Chairman CCC
22 April 2019Newsletter
It has been quite a frustrating few weeks. As you will all know from the Council Tax debate, County Finances are severely stretched which means that support for key projects is delayed and we have to work harder to source funds. From roads to routine maintenance, pet projects to the resolution of major issues we are making progress. But we need your continued support.
Maintenance of the larger areas of the Village is undertaken by the Vale Council and that programme begins next month. The Community Council looks after the Village Well, The Spinney Bank and the Little Hill where the programme started at the beginning of this month. We are fortunate that Alan Austin looks after the Village Green where a new footpath past the new recently installed Notice Board will be laid during the Summer.
The state of the roads in and around the area is a cause for growing concern especially where the edges are collapsing forcing pedestrians and cyclists towards the centre. We are high on the list of priority resurfacing programmes but it is likely to be mid to late summer before these get underway so it is vitally important that all road users take extra care. We are also discussing the feasibility of a 20mph speed limit.
With regard to the footpath outside The Old School House we have put forward proposals to the Vale of Glamorgan as we are not allowed to effect repairs ourselves without permission from the Highways Department. We are awaiting observations from the Vale and as on most matters Cllr. Cave is doing all she can to speed matters up.
New recycling arrangements have now been introduced across the Vale. However the scheme has encountered problems mainly due to householder confusion. There is also much criticism about the suitability of the Llandow recycling facility, the modernisation of which is long overdue.
Strong representations have been made and next month all Community Councils in the Llandow and Ewenny ward will be meeting with Vale Officers. Please let us have any questions you would wish to raise as soon as possible via email@example.com or the Community Council Website or Facebook. In the meantime the Vale of Glamorgan Council Website is a most useful source of information on recycling services.
Broadband and Mobile Services
Thanks to those of you who have contacted us in response to previous appeals for information regarding your requirements from Broadband and Mobile services we have been able to make a very credible assessment in support of a Grant Application for Fibre Optic and Mobile transmission upgrades. For example this has revealed much, much higher levels of business, professional and educational demand than previously thought. We expect to be able to complete this assessment and present our case to BT, the WAG and VoGC at the end of the month.
It remains our intention to up grade the Defibrillator at the Sycamore and install an additional one at the Village Hall. Anyone know of a local registered Electrician who might be prepared to do the connection work for a modest fee.
Over the last couple of decades we have lost at least 30 or so mature trees largely due to storm damage. Those in open Countryside have not been replaced even though some ornamental species have been included as a condition of planning permission where development has been undertaken.
As a result the Community Council is currently discussing how best to correct this problem with the Woodland Trust. Obviously this is a long term project and there are general guidelines.
The land on which trees are planted under the Woodland Trust Schemes needs to be accessible to the Public or if on Private land must be able to be seen as part of the overall view. We would also need to consult the Highways Department of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The immediate next step for the first phase is to identify potential places where trees could be planted and then obtain landowner permission. We have until this July to apply to the Woodland Trust to benefit from their scheme and should we be successful would be looking for volunteers to assist in the planting work this November.
Do you think this is a good idea?
Do you have any suggestions as to the locations for deciduous native tree planting around the Village?
Would you be willing to volunteer to help plant the trees?
Please send your observations to firstname.lastname@example.org via the Community Council Website or email@example.com
Heol Cae Pwll
Various representations have been made to the VoGC about matters which impact on the Adoption of the area, particularly drainage, sewerage and Attenuation Basin safety. As a result we were informed that VoGC Officers were to meet with senior Redrow Managers about these and other issues. More recently we have been told that ‘men in suits wearing hi vis jackets’ have been seen on site. It has since been confirmed that this was in connection with the various Heol Cae Pwll development matters.
I have been promised formal observations in the next few days. These will be discussed at the Community Council Meeting on 20th. May next, but in the meantime will be published on the Community Council Website as soon as possible. If residents have specific matters they wish to raise individually please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Community Council has contributed £300:00 towards the additional Drainage Certificate Fees required in relation to the re-development of the Playground.
St. David’s Church in Wales School Expansion.
The consultation period for this project has now ended and a report published. To view go to www.valeofglamorgangov.co.uk/Expanding-St-Davids-CIW-Primary.
Register of Community Council Members Register of Interests.
A resident recently queried why the Community Councillors Register of Interests on the Community Council Website was not up to date. Official enquiries have indicated that unlike MP’s, AM’s and County Councillors all of whom are paid, Community Councillors are voluntary and are only required to record their interests with the Statutory Monitoring Officer. The information has therefore been removed from the Website.
Our Clerk will return to full duties after his recent illness at the OGM on 20th. May 2017.
In the meantime any communications should be addressed through the Temporary Clerk, email@example.com or me chairman.colcommcoun@yahoo. co.uk
Peter Graham-Woollard, Chairman Colwinston Community Council - 20:04:2019
03 April 2019Newsletter Supplement Broadband in Colwinston
As you will know from our recent Facebook posting we are embarked on an initiative to bring Superfast Fibre Optic Broadband to every property in Colwinston. At the moment the fibre optic connection stops at the Village Cabinet and is via copper cable from there to individual subscribers. This results in a significant drop in signal quality which a direct fibre optic connection will overcome. It will also dramatically improve landline sound quality.
Improved Mobile signals are being pursued through a separate initiative.
However two or three residents who have already been in touch have confirmed our view that the business and business related use of Broadband in the area is very extensive. From the Pub to Farms and individual users it is clear that an upgrade is critical to achieve maximum efficiency in Rural Areas.
Based on what I believe from my enquires at least 50% of properties would benefit from ‘Superfast’ both from an Occupational and Leisure point of view. Working from home is a particular example.
However I need to be able support this assertion. Please therefore contact me with information about your service and your work/life requirements. Any such information will be accumulated anonymously and only presented in terms of overall figures. For example, numbers of properties and percentages of businesses or business related operations.
Peter Graham-Woollard firstname.lastname@example.org 01656 661787 07925 150183
01 April 2019Broadband.
There have been a number of situations in which subscribers have experienced reduced Broadband download and upload speeds. There are three main reasons for this, increased traffic, especially over the Christmas and New Year period, an increase in the number of people working from home and the poor condition of the Copper Cable system from the the Fibre Optic Cabinet. Discussions are currently taking place with Openreach, the VoGC and the WAG with a view to the Copper Cable being replaced by a direct Fibre Optic Cable. When completed this connection will be available to all subscribers regardless of Internet Provider and increase download speeds and capacity up to twenty fold. In this way all subscribers would benefit especially those in the area who run businesses and who work from home. Whilst we know how many in the Village are connected to Broadband it would help to know how many residents would benefit as businesses or working from home. Please let me know on email@example.com.
19 March 2019Cowbridge U3A Open Day 30th March
Cowbridge U3A is holding an Open Day in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 30th March. They hope that this will be a show case of what theye do and all our interest groups will be represented.
They would very much appreciate it if we could let people in your local areas know about this and even come along to see to us yourselves.
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age which is a self-help organisation established 30 years ago for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.
The Vale of Glamorgan, Electoral Registration Team needs your help. They are currently conducting the Annual Canvass 2018. They are duty bound by law to write to all properties in the Vale of Glamorgan asking for basic information on the residents of each household over the age of 16 in order to update the Electoral Register before the publication on December 1st. The Council have already sent the first pink Household Enquiry Forms out in July and at the point of the deadline for this letter on August 17th 75% of the Vale of Glamorgan residents had responded to their forms. This is brilliant, however there is still more work to do and the Council would love to be able to exceed last year’s overall figure which was 88.4%.
The Council have written out again to all non-responders with a reminder letter. The deadline date for a response to this is September 20th. After this date they will have no alternative but to send out house to house canvass teams to knock doors in order to complete the forms. Ultimately there would be a cost saving to the Vale of Glamorgan Council if they can reduce the amount of properties they have to visit as well as a saving on the amount of letters we would have to reprint.
So, if you have not as yet completed your Household Eform you can do quickly and easily via www.registersecurely.com/VoG and entering the 2 security codes.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.