Shopping (Fruit and Vegetables)

Mike Hughes from the vegetable shop in Chirk says he is happy to deliver up the Valley.  He has a full range of fruit and vegetables. He also has compost at the moment and he is hoping to have plants within the next two weeks. He can deliver 25 kg sacks of potatoes (price today is £11.90). He can also supply milk and Llaeth y Llan yoghurts. There will be no minimum order charge.

He will do deliveries on Tuesday (orders must be in by Monday) and on Friday (orders in by Thursday). Orders are to be placed by phone: 01691 774850. Payment can be in cash or by card.

COVID-19 update

Playgrounds

In accordance with the latest Government guidance designed to restrict the spread of the Coronavirus the Pontfadog and Dolywern playgrounds are now closed until further notice.

COVID-19 Updates

As we are all aware the coronavirus is a very serious risk to those aged over 70 and those in this age group must remain in self-isolation at home in accordance with UK Government guidelines.  For those in Glyntraian and in self-isolation without family or friends to help, ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers will be able to assist with delivering groceries and prescriptions.  If you are a Glyntraian resident and have no access to family and friends for support, please contact Davena Davies (Community Agent) on 07870 337091, or Stephanie Masters (Clerk to Glyntraian Community Council) on 07535 733418.

Groceries

Mandy and Phil at the Pontfadog Post Office are taking orders and are doing their best to meet these.  They will advise about payment at the time the order is placed.

You can order groceries from Stans (St Martins) over the phone (01691 772348) and pay for these with your debit card.  Each week orders must be placed by Tuesday and will be ready for collection on Thursday.  When calling to order groceries you must state you are a Ceiriog Valley resident.  If you are a Glyntraian resident and aged over 70 or self-isolating with no access to family and friends for support, ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers will be able to collect and deliver your order to you.  Once you have placed your order with Stans you must inform us that you have ordered groceries that require collection by calling Stephanie Masters (Clerk to Glyntraian Community Council) on 07535 733418.

Prescriptions

The Glyn Ceiriog Doctors’ surgery is now closed. If you need a repeat prescription, you can take it to the pharmacy in Glyn Ceiriog and it will be sent to Llangollen Health Centre where your request will be dealt with.  Alternatively, you can call to arrange a prescription by phoning the doctors surgery in Llangollen (01978 860625). Any prescriptions will come back to the pharmacy in Glyn Ceiriog for collection.  Allow 3 days for this process.  For those aged over 70 years and/or become ill in self-isolation ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers will be able to collect and deliver these to you.

The Chirk Doctors’ surgery is also closed to walk-in patients. However, if you take your prescription and post it in the repeat prescriptions post box near the front entrance of the surgery it will be processed. For further information see the surgery’s website: https://www.chirksurgery.co.uk/coronavirus

COVID-19 Virus

Glyntraian Community Council, along with Community and Parish Councils all over the UK, is well aware of the discomfort, distress and worry that the COVID-19 virus outbreak is bringing.  Our recommendation is that you should follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and keep the risk of infection and the spread of infection as low as possible.

Those of you who fall in to any of the high risk groups should keep in touch with family and friends, and ask them to help with tasks that you cannot complete yourself due to self-isolation, illness or hospitalisation of yourself or those you live with.  At all times be mindful of all the hygiene advice, together with other information contained on the webpage below: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Remember, those of you who are fit and healthy must observe all the recommendations concerning contact, hygiene and cleanliness on the above webpage, especially if you are helping others.  Also, prior to travelling ask yourself “is my journey really necessary?”.

If you are self-isolating and have no access to immediate support from friends or family, please contact ‘Helping Hands’.

‘Helping Hands’ is a local group of volunteers, supported by Glyntraian Community Council, who can provide practical help, support, advice and guidance for Glyntraian residents.  Everybody needs a bit of extra support from time to time and ‘Helping Hands’ makes sure people in need get support if they begin to experience difficulties.

The coronavirus is now a serious risk to those aged over 70 and it is expected that in the coming weeks this group of people will need to remain in self-isolation at home, unable to shop or collect vital medication.   For those in self-isolation without family or friends to help, ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers will be able to assist with delivering groceries and collecting prescriptions.  If you have no access to family and friends for support, please contact Davena Davies (Community Agent) on 07870 337091, or Stephanie Masters (Clerk to Glyntraian Community Council) on 07535 733418.

We request that everyone remains calm in the developing situation and mindful of false versus factual information.  The latest information from the UK Government can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.  Listen for updates on the radio or TV.  If you have any concerns, please contact Davena Davies (Community Agent) on 07870 337091 or Stephanie Masters on 07535 733418, who will call you straight back. Davena and Stephanie will be available every day between 9:00am and 6:00pm.

‘Helping Hands’ volunteers are Davena Davies, Stephanie Masters, Chris Futcher, Merle Hunt, Robin Boston, Ian Masters and Matthew Masters.  If you would like to be a ‘Helping Hands’ volunteer, please contact Stephanie Masters on 07535 733418 or email clerk@glyntraian.org.uk

Ysgol Pontfadog Site: Fact Checking

The Feasibility Study relating to the future of the Ysgol Pontfadog site is now complete and the final report was published on Wednesday 28th February 2020.  At the Glyntraian Community Council (GCC) meeting on Wednesday 4th March 2020, Councillors voted by a majority of 7-1 to endorse the report’s recommendation to develop a small number of low-cost starter homes, firmly tied into a local lettings policy and with a community benefit embedded into any development, on the former school site.  Statements given at the meeting by Cllrs Chris Futcher, Merle Hunt and Jools Payne can be viewed here.

Forest School & Community Hub
The Forest School & Community Hub business plan comprehensively failed to meet the viability, feasibility and financial sustainability criteria set at the very outset of the community engagement process. As such, it did not gain the confidence of the Council. The analysis of the Forest School and Community Hub’s feasibility and viability is on page 30 of the Feasibility Study Report. You can download the report here.

Next Steps: Wrexham Council Executive Board
The Council’s recommendation is expected to be considered by Wrexham County Borough Council’s Executive Board at its meeting on Tuesday 9th June. The agenda will be displayed three working days prior to the date of the meeting on the WCBC website.

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We will be posting FactCheck updates on this website on a regular basis.

Scrutiny
We wish to remind all members of our community and the wider Ceiriog Valley, that Glyntraian Community Council is a publicly accountable body with a statutory obligation to publish accurate, transparent and timely information. All GCC Minutes dating back to March 2017 are available for scrutiny on this website under Council Information (or from the Clerk if prior to that date).

Council Votes to Accept Ysgol Pontfadog Feasibility Study Recommendation

Glyntraian Community Councillors voted by a majority of 7-1 to endorse a recommendation to develop a small number of low-cost starter homes on the former Ysgol Pontfadog site in the village of Pontfadog in the Ceiriog Valley at its Council meeting last night [Wednesday 4th March].

The vote followed publication on Friday 28th February of a 38-page feasibility study and options appraisal. The report by independent community engagement consultant, Marc Roberts of Cynlas Cyf, is supported by a 58-page Appendices document. It comes eight months after the closure of the 110-year-old village primary school by Wrexham Council and six months of intense engagement with stakeholders and members of the local community.

Tasked with exploring the most viable, feasible and financially sustainable future for the site, Mr Roberts’s report concluded that affordable housing for young families, firmly tied into a local lettings policy and with a community benefit embedded into any development agreement, will best serve the wider interests of the Glyntraian community.

A postal survey of 323 households in the ward elicited an impressive 71% response rate. Affordable starter homes for young families earned the maximum highest perceived benefit score from 40% of all respondents – higher than any other option.

Cynlas Cyf, based near Caernarfon, was appointed to manage the community engagement project after a competitive tender and selection process. The project was co-funded by Glyntraian Community Council and Regional Development Agency, Cadwyn Clwyd through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme.

The meeting was attended by Wrexham Council Leader, Cllr Mark Pritchard and Cadwyn Clwyd Project Manager, Helen Williams, who both praised the integrity and quality of the process.

Glyntraian Community Council Chairman, Cllr Graham Barrow said: “We wish to thank Marc Roberts for his diligence and hard work in conducting a rigorous and thoughtful consultation. He has produced a balanced and extremely detailed report, thoroughly researched, soundly evidenced and which pays due regard to the desires of many in our community.

“The report will now be forwarded to Wrexham Council, owners of the site, for further consideration. We look forward to working closely with the Authority, potential developers and of course, Glyntraian residents in designing a scheme the village can be proud of and which duly acknowledges the much-valued history and heritage of the old school.

The Ysgol Pontfadog Feasibility Study project received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development from the Welsh Government

Marc Roberts is a Director of Cynlas Cyf. He spent over 20 years in the WDA and Welsh Government developing and delivering several business support and regeneration programmes and was Regeneration Manager for Conwy and Denbighshire before becoming the WDA Business Connect Manager for North Wales. He was subsequently appointed the Head of Business Engagement (All Wales) for Welsh Government. He was appointed by Glyntraian Community Council and Cadwyn Clwyd in September 2019 following a successful submission after invitations to tender were posted on the Sell to Wales website

The Ysgol Pontfadog Feasibility Study & Recommendation Report is downloadable from this website’s News blog or the dedicated Ysgol Pontfadog page. It can also be obtained in digital format by emailing the Clerk clerk@glyntraian.org.uk. A physical copy of the Report is available to view at the Pontfadog Post Office but may not be removed. The Appendices document in digital format is available upon request from the Clerk.

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Ysgol Pontfadog Recommendation Report

We are pleased to publish the Ysgol Pontfadog Feasibility Study Report today. This Report includes the recommendation on the future use of the Ysgol Pontfadog site from community engagement consultancy, Cynlas Cyf. 

The Report and its findings will be the main item on the agenda at the next Glyntraian Community Council meeting on Wednesday the 4th March 2020. Councillors will decide whether to endorse the Report’s recommendation and approve the motion for its onward consideration by Wrexham County Borough Council’s Executive Board.

In accordance with the Council’s Standing Orders,  members of the public are entitled to attend the meeting.  Should you wish to speak at this meeting please notify the Clerk in advance.  Permission to speak at the meeting is at the discretion of the Chairman.

The Report is downloadable by clicking the link below. A physical copy of the Report will be available at the Pontfadog Post Office from Saturday morning (29th March 2020).  This should not be removed from the Post Office. The 58 page Appendices document accompanying the Report is also available to view at Pontfadog Post Office or by email from the Clerk at: clerk@glyntraian.org.uk

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. 

Storm Dennis Severe Weather Warning

Beware and Take Care
Please secure temporary structures and other items on your property likely to fall victim to strong gusts such as any scaffolding, bins, garden furniture and play items, especially football goals and trampolines. Review your travel plans especially if you intend to travel towards Wrexham over the weekend.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING: The following advice has been issued by Wrexham Council’s Environment & Technical Dept., covering expected poor weather from today (Friday 14th February) through to Tuesday 18th February 2020.

All necessary reports of incidents should be made via the usual reporting routes and WCBC’s out-of-hours response call line. Tel: 0300 333 22 22

“The following report has been prepared to advise of the likely implications to residents and members of the public living and travelling through Wrexham County Borough during the weekend. The information used in the note is based on a number of sources and combines advice from a number of forecasts and contains latest advice from the Trunk Road Agency (NMWTRA).

A temporary speed restriction of 30mph will be established on the A483 and A5 viaducts in Wrexham over the weekend.

Based on current forecasts precautionary full closure of the viaducts will be required between 19:00 Saturday 15th February to 07:00 Sunday 16th February (During this period wind speeds are forecast at near 70mph).

‘Storm Dennis’ is predicted to hit between Friday evening through to Tuesday afternoon. The area will be subject to gales in excess of 70mph and heavy rainfall.

Saturday 15th February
Forecasts for Saturday are as follows;
o 00:00 to 06:00 – Wind speeds will gradually increase from the early hours of Saturday morning. Travel for caravans, cyclists and motorcyclists are likely to be impacted.

o 06:00 to 12:00 – Wind speeds are forecasted to increase in strength later during Saturday Morning. General consistency between forecasters for this period with Stage 2 & 3 restrictions likely.

o 12:00 to 15:00 – During this period forecasts vary slightly in maximum gust speeds – the maximum gust speed during this period close (68mph) the 70 mph (closure threshold for A483 bridges) – other forecasts also show wind speeds during this period close to the closure threshold. Therefore during this period potential A483 (south) full bridge closure is possible.

o 15:00 to 21:00 – Wind speeds will gradually decrease over this period – but travel with certain vehicle types will remain difficult.

o 21:00 to 00:00 – During this period wind speeds will grow in strength with restrictions to large vehicle likely.

Sunday 16th February
o 00:00 to 06:00 – General consistence between forecasts that wind speed will increase during this period. General forecasts show gust speed over the closure threshold (bridges A483 South) of 70 mph during this period. Therefore it is likely that a full bridge closure will be required.

o 06:00 onwards – Current forecasts show that wind speeds will decrease slightly from Sunday. Travel for large vehicles will continue to be difficult throughout the whole of Sunday.

Potential Risks
Fallen Trees due to high winds, trees in full canopy and saturated ground. Trees being fully uprooted cannot be ruled out

Infrastructure damage / objects in highway.

Flash flooding due to overwhelmed syphons / culverts and saturated ground

Street Scene Extreme Weather Operation Team
The street scene service will continue to provide operational Emergency response throughout the period.

WCBC’s planned ‘response’ teams are being supplemented with additional resource over the weekend periods. The Winter Maintenance team will also be in operation. Based on current forecasts, this service is likely to be deploying during the early part of the weekend but unlikely to be operational during
the peak of the storm conditions. The team will remain on standby throughout.

Action Plan & Mitigation Measures
Away from major travel routes, high winds and heavy rain are also expected across the region. Having just suffered a major storm during last weekend much of the area is still recovering. Whilst major disruption and damage has been cleared the forecast conditions are likely to compound recent problem sites and we anticipate main areas will experience repeated issues. The following actions will be undertaken across the weekend:

Emergency Operational Teams will be prepared to respond to incidents of damage infrastructure and fallen tress which present a danger to the public and travel.

Respond to significant road and carriageway flooding.

Known flood risk areas will be inspected during periods of the heaviest rain.

Traffic Wales have initiated an Adverse Weather Message Campaign to advise, warn and inform drivers of the current forecasted conditions.

Advisory messages have been distributed to the Freight Haulage Associations for cascade to their members

Emergency Response Resources & Structure
Wrexham Council’s ‘Emergency Response’ includes a nominated ‘Duty Supervisor who will field and log all calls and deploy teams as necessary. The teams will respond to emergency incidents. During and throughout the weekend WCBC have made necessary arrangements to increase operational response levels. Additional Supervisory and operational team support will be on-call to react to incidents.”

Follow BBC Weather Reports for forecast updates. Please check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and dial 101 if you have concerns about someone’s safety or 999 if there is imminent danger to life.

Marc Roberts Adds Open Q&A Session Date to Ysgol Pontfadog Site Consultation Programme

Cyllidwyd prosiect hwn drwy Cymunedau Gweledig Llywodraeth Cymru – Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig Cymru 2014-2020, a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cymru a’r Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Community Engagement Consultant Reports Progress on Ysgol Pontfadog Future at Public Meeting

Diolch yn fawr – thank you very much – to all who came to the Public Meeting with Community Engagement Consultant, Marc Roberts, on Thursday evening last week (30th January).

Around 40 residents of Glyntraian attended, as did Helen Williams from Cadwyn Clwyd, the Ceiriog Valley’s County Councillor Trevor Bates and recently elected Clwyd South MP, Simon Baynes, who congratulated GCC on running “an exemplary community engagement process to date”. We thank them all for taking such a close interest in the Consultation.

Attendees were given a presentation by Marc Roberts on the process and opinion gathering undertaken so far, and also the themes and preferred options that have emerged over more than 250 conversations, forums and 50+ 1-2-1 meetings with residents and stakeholders on the future use of the site.

The strongest themes on preferred options include, variously, low-cost starter homes, sheltered housing for older people, allotments, a Forest School, specialist and environmental education centres and a centre for youth service provision.

Marc’s presentation will shortly be made available as a download on this website. Please visit  our News page, scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the ‘Subscribe’ button. Fill in your email address and this will then automatically drop all new posts regarding the Ysgol Pontfadog site (and other news from GCC) into your inbox. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Marc advised we have now entered the third and final phase of the Consultation. He took questions from the audience on the timescales and next steps, which include revisiting some key stakeholder consultees, a detailed analysis of the 225 completed surveys from Glyntraian households indicating residents’ priorities, and an options appraisal scrutinising the feasibility, viability, governance and financial sustainability of the options for future use presented to the consultant by mid-February.

The remainder of February is dominated by the preparation of Marc’s Final Report detailing the business case for the recommended option that he will deliver to Glyntraian Community Council (GCC) at the end of February.

GCC will meet as a full Council on Wednesday 4th March at which the Final Report will be discussed and a decision taken on whether to accept the recommendation for onward submission to Wrexham Council.

Wrexham Council’s Executive Board will determine its decision on the Report’s recommendation at a date to be confirmed.

Please direct all queries to the Clerk in the first instance clerk@glyntraian.org.uk.