Working with local residents!

It has been a privilege to serve the residents across Heath & Birchgrove over the past 9 years, including these amazing residents for whom Fenella has worked hard to get improvements to their housing complex.

Fenella said ‘It has been an absolute joy to work with residents and to see what can be done by representing their needs & achieving results for them.

In this particular instance, I worked with the residents over a period of some 4 years to get improvements to their housing complex including : new windows; new fascias; new disabled-friendly external doors; new heating; new bathrooms; and, soon to come, new carpets.  The determination of these residents was phenomenal and the outcome was a tribute to hard work & perseverance.’

 

 

New Inn Licensing Review – Outcome

The review of the license for the New Inn was heard by the Council’s Licensing Committee today during which Fenella made representations on behalf of local residents.

The Decision of the Licensing Committee was that the licence for the New Inn would remain unchanged. The Committee accepted that there have been problems with the New Inn historically, but acknowledged the appointment of a new Licensee and the more robust style of management. Punch Taverns were reminded by the Chair of Licensing that they must liaise with local residents and commented also that the Committee take note of all Reviews.

This has always been a sensitive application for Review, but local residents used this opportunity to  come together as a local community &  to make their voices heard. This has been very important as it has caused Punch Taverns to make changes to their original planning proposals for the New Inn; and to them understanding the need to work with local residents. The lawyer for Punch Taverns apologised unreservedly for the mistakes that were made with the planning application that was made at the end of last year. He also made it clear that the Review of the Licence had prompted Punch Taverns to improve the way in which the pub would be managed.

We shall, of course, continue to support local residents to the best of our ability.

Lane clearances are coming!

We have been campaigning for lanes in our Ward to be thoroughly cleansed to remove flytipping, litter, and dog poo bags.

Fenella said ‘The lanes between Cae Gwyn Road & Kyle Crescent, and between Pantbach Road & Grove Place are in a dreadful state.   We have tried our best to litterpick as much as we can with local residents but the scale of the problem is too big now’.

The lanes will now be thoroughly cleansed by Cardiff Council & the mulch-type debris on the pathways will be removed.  We shall also be getting a bin in Grove Place to stop the litter building up and to  enable dog walkers to dispose of any dog poo bags safely rather than dumping them in the lanes, or decorating trees with them.

 

 

20 mph zone coming to Birchgrove Road!

Cllr Fenella Bowden & the Independent team are pleased that the 20mph zone has finally been installed  Birchgrove Road – almost 12 months after being approved.

Fenella said ‘We have been campaigning for this scheme for years & the Council has continuously refused to support one.  In  November 2016, I was told by the Cabinet Member for Highways that the road did not justify a scheme. But whatever the motive behind the change of heart, I am delighted that children will gain more safeguarding in this  busy road. The scheme is not as all-encompassing as that which was installed for Ton yr Ywen School, but it is a start. Now we need to see how effective the scheme is.’

 

The HBI team has campaigned hard to make the Birchgrove area safe.

What have been Fenella’s achievements over the past 5 years?

Fenella was recently asked to complete a survey for www.mycardiffnorth.com which asked her about the changes in Heath Ward over the past 5 years, & what she regarded as her 3 main achievements.  Here is what she said:

Councillor Survey: Fenella Bowden

What are the biggest changes in your ward over the last 5 years?

A significant increase in traffic coming through the Ward; the increase in UHW parking around Heath & the increase in the number of services being brought into UHW; less cleansing of the roads; less maintenance of roads & pavements; changes to the sizes of black bins & reduced collection of both black & green bins; more fly-tipping & litter; increased pressure for school places for local children; lack of investment in Heath Park; the planned closure of Wedal Road HWRC; the installation of more bus lanes which have caused even more problems; and councillors now being more accessible to their residents through social media.

Describe three achievements that you were instrumental in implementing and that benefited the community.

Working with residents to oppose the opening of a Tesco store on the former Majestic site in Birchgrove Road.

Working with volunteers to enable the transfer of the Maes y Coed Community Centre from Council ownership into the voluntary sector under Community Asset Transfer. The journey began in 2010 & was finally completed in 2016.

Resolving issues which mattered to residents whether they be large or small. These include supporting residents with: social housing problems ; social services needs; school admissions; getting waste management issues resolved; highways problems; parking problems; fighting to keep Wedal Road HWRC open; campaigning for a Park & Ride in Cardiff North; campaigning for a 20mph zone in Birchgrove Road (and to have the railings restored); calling for better security for the derelict site on Caerphilly Road to be demolished & secured; and simply being available to help wherever I can.

Parking restrictions coming to Heathmead

We are delighted to hear that Cardiff Council is finally to install a scheme to protect non-residents abusing the parking spaces within the sheltered housing area of Heathmead. This has lead to residents & their visitors/carers being unable to park near their homes.

Fenella said ‘This issue was brought to my attention by Jane Reece and I am pleased that the Council has taken action to address the problem.’

The scheme will involve CCTV cameras; new formal signage; and a ‘parking permit’ type scheme which the Warden will organise for residents. to work alongside the Council scheme.  The scheme will be trialled for 6 months and if problems persist, the the problem will be revisited.

Jane Reece said ‘This is going to make such a difference to parking in Heathmead & I shall be monitoring it very closely, and getting feedback from local residents’.

 

Our visit to Lamby Way!

Fenella & Steve Bowden paid a visit to Lamby Way recently and this is what they found:

  • Inadequate signage
  • Too few parking spaces
  • No platform to enable residents to access the skips easily
  • No organisation of the skips
  • Very few officers to assist
  • No support for disabled visitors.

Fenella said ‘I was absolutely stunned at the lack of provision at Lamby Way.  There are no adequate words to describe the lack of facilities at the site, and it certainly is a very, very long way from being able to cope with the ‘traffic’ from Wedal Road. It was shocking.’

Steve added ‘If you don’t know your way to the Lamby Way site, don’t expect the signage to help – it isn’t there!  Once at the site, there is no organisation, and once the queues build up, these will be stretching out onto the Highway causing congestion. Wedal Road is so much more organised & efficient. ‘

 

Is Aldi coming to Birchgrove?

Cllr Fenella Bowden & the HBI team have been very concerned to hear that residents have been told by their Labour Councillor that Aldi is to open a store on Caerphilly Road on the currently derelict garage site.  It is also claimed that there is a new housing development planned behind it.

Fenella has checked this information with Cardiff Council who have confirmed that there are NO PLANS for these sites.  Informal, and confidential, early enquiries from a developer to locate a supermarket on the derelict garage site have been knocked on the head by Cardiff Council as there is no suitable access from Caerphilly Road to accommodate such a development.  There are also NO PLANS submitted for a housing development on the former Electrocoin site.

Fenella said ‘I am appalled that information like this is being shared in the public domain when there is no substance to the claims.  There would be huge ramifications for Caerphilly Road & the Phoenix Estate if a supermarket were to be allowed to develop in this location.  The access issues would be extremely difficult – especially with the new configuration of Caerphilly Road’.

Steve Bowden commented ‘The Labour Councillor first shared this ‘news’ at a PACT meeting in Heath last month.  Now it is being circulated across the entire Ward.  I think this is highly irresponsible, and will cause residents distress at the prospect of a supermarket at this location on Caerphilly Road. ‘

We shall be keeping residents informed.

 

Burglaries & Break-ins

MESSAGE FROM SOUTH WALES POLICE :

We want you to be aware of a recent increase in burglaries where entry has been gained through unlocked/insecure doors and windows.

Please keep your properties secure and report any suspicious incidents.

If you have any information that could assist us, contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We’ve included some crime prevention advice below – help spread the word and share it with your relatives and neighbours living nearby:

  • Close and lock your windows – especially over night
  • Close and lock your doors. It is also advised to ensure porches, conservatory and patio doors are locked also.
  • Do not leave your keys in the locks of your doors; these can be ‘fished out’ by talented burglars through the letter box.
  • Do not leave valuables on display inside your home
  • Make a note of the serial numbers on valuables, consider registering property on www.Immobilise.com and UV property marking
  • If you have an external light, ensure that it is working. Burglars do not want to be seen!
  • Lock your garden gates to prevent easy access to your property
  • If you have a burglar alarm, ensure that it is working
  • If you have CCTV, ensure that it is turned on and recording, in particular over the night time.
  • Be vigilant, please report any suspicious people or activity straight away so Police can conduct the necessary checks – who knows, you may prevent a burglary!