St Athan

Happy Councillor new Year

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Last night was the council's AGM (and my first one), which took place between 19:15 and 19:30. Cllr David Crompton stood down as Chairperson and Deputy Cllr Ann Barnaby was elected unanimously as the new Chairperson.


I was also elected to be the Deputy Vale of Glamorgan Community Liaison, taking over from Cllr Steve Haines.


Following that our usual meeting took place from 19:30.


We briefly discussed the brown site development of the Old Boys Village which has become a popular Urbex site. I say briefly because everyone who spoke on the matter was simply in support of the site's development, save concerns over the lane giving access to the housing. The site is to be mostly dismantled apart from the iconic Church and Caretaker's hut to allow new homes to be built. I am very delighted this application was made and wholly support it. Some details-for-joy are:

A Pirate's First Month in Government

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It is surprising how much you can learn in a month.

Most notably, last night in my first prepped council meeting, I seconded a motion for the northern access road into St Athan to have to abide by EIA Regulations, in which event it would be necessary for the application to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES). The road is for the St Athan Enterprise Zone. The statement from Welsh Ministers gave the opinion an Environmental Statement was not required and it did not have to abide by EIA Regulations, despite the road running 1.8km through Green Belt fields and multiple hedgeways.

Improvement Objectives Consultation Response

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I've been speaking with home owners, tenants and visitors to St Athan both in person and online and have written a response to the Vale of Glamorgan's consultation that reflects all the concerns put to me.

 

 

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Street Lights - Ask and you shall recieve

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Ever since the Vale of Glamorgan switched the lights off after midnight there have been mixed reactions. Some welcome the light not piercing through their bedroom windows any more, saving the public purse some pennies and of course, lowing our carbon footprint. However in less built up areas, there are real concerns over crime and road safety.

After receiving many concerns from the St Athan constituents, 29th March I wrote to the Vale of Glamorgan council to clarify the streetlight situation. They responded a week later with a lot of useful iformation; specifically what lights they are responcible for, where the lights are and who was involved in the decision making process.

The e-mail to me showed great deal of procedural steps were taken to try and ensure all bases were covered but I did notice a key demographic missing - the people who live in St Athan.

I have circulated the map and key of the street lighting situation but also responded to the Business & Technical Officer for Visible Services and Transport asking if there is any way we can have a review of the area now that the lighting has been practiced for over a year.

 

St Athan Community Council Co-option

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Hello fellow Pirates

Yesterday I was successful in my co-option on to the St Athan Community Council. It was proposed to the Council in February and I was voted in at the March meeting.

St Athan is a place that matters a great deal to me. My business is there, my partner is in the middle of purchasing her first house there, my grandfather and other family members have lived there and were rather popular in the community.

It is becoming an increasingly sought after place to live and certainly to return to. Many of the residents went to the same schools as I did and consider it a good area. I also find my own tenants are returning to St Athan as their real "home".

I wanted this co-option to be as transparent as possible. I disclosed my party, my union, had a meeting with the other councillors where my skills, knowledge and aims were all brought out into the open.

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