Wrexham Council Executive Endorses Disposal of Ysgol Pontfadog Site for Low-cost Housing Development

Glyntraian Community Council (GCC) welcomes the decision taken today by Wrexham Council Executive Board to accept the recommendation of the Local Authority’s Corporate Land and Buildings Strategy Group to dispose of the former Ysgol Pontfadog site to a Registered Social Landlord for development as affordable housing.

GCC voted in March last year to accept an independent Feasibility Study & Recommendation Report, jointly commissioned with Welsh Rural Development Agency, Cadwyn Clwyd, which recommended the former school site be developed for a small number of low-cost starter homes.

The GCC vote was carried by 7-1 and followed a rigorous six-month community consultation exercise, including an options survey sent to all 323 homes in the community where housing was regarded as being of the highest benefit to the community.

WCBC’s Executive Board accepted today the Report’s recommendation that any low-cost housing on the site be tied into a local lettings and allocation policy in perpetuity and should include a community benefit embedded into the development.  The Board also acknowledged Cllr Trevor Bates’ request made on behalf of the local community that the old school bell and certain items from the school building itself be kept.  

Glyntraian Community Council Chairman, Cllr Graham Barrow said: “We now look forward to working closely with whichever Registered Social Landlord acquires the site.  Our expectation is the developers will consult widely with local residents. In so doing, we anticipate that they will put forward a scheme the village can be proud of and crucially, one that preserves key heritage elements of the historic old school building.”

COVID-19 Data Summaries

If you would like to view the latest figures relating to COVID-19 in North Wales and Wrexham Borough use the link on the COVID-19 page on the Glyntraian Community Council’s website to Wrexham Council’s COVID-19 briefing note.  The summaries can be found under ‘Local updates and data’.  These figures are updated weekly.  

Beware!

We have been notified by Dyfed Powys Police of scam calls with criminals pretending to be from Amazon stating you owe them money or have unauthorised spending. Do not follow instructions given by caller or follow links if the criminal texts or emails them through.

BEWARE! Residents at risk of being scammed over COVID-19 vaccine

Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team has become aware that criminals have been sending texts and emails and attempting to lure people to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine to take advantage of the vaccine roll out.

DC Gareth Jordan, from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The text is made to look like it comes from the NHS and states, ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and advises you to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’. If you follow the link, you are taken to a convincing looking, but fake NHS website that asks for your personal details and requests bank/card details to ‘check your identity’. As with all scams, if you look a little closer, you will see it is not real. In this instance, note the URL is not www.nhs.uk/

It’s not only texts, beware of cold calls and emails regarding the vaccine as scammers are also asking people to pay for it over the phone. Remember! – the vaccine is FREE of charge and there is no way to jump the queue by paying for a ‘priority slot’.”

REMEMBER!

Community Christmas Hampers

Over this weekend Helping Hands volunteers have packed and delivered 48 Christmas hampers. Helping Hands would like to express its special thanks to Glyntraian Community Council, Glyntraian Community Agent, local residents, local businesses, additional local volunteers and donors for their support.  Simon Baynes MP met the volunteers on Friday and congratulated them on their ‘incredible’ achievement and added that the Ceiriog Valley is a fine example of community.

Simon Baynes MP meets with Helping Hands volunteers

Fake Phone Calls

Warning – Fake phone calls to residents pretending to be from the Police!

We have been notified by Dyfed Powys Police that criminals pretending to be Police officers are calling residents and trying to carry out what is known as ‘Courier Fraud’ this could be happening in the rest of Wales too.

These callers are criminals who will try gain your trust by making you think they are police officers.

▪️Do not engage in conversation with them.

▪️Do not allow them to arrange collection of bank cards.

▪️Put the phone down.

▪️Block the number they called from.

▪️Tell your friends and neighbours about this scam

▪️Report it to your local police force by contacting them via their online webpage or 101

November Council Meeting

There will be no meeting of Glyntraian Community Council on 4th November 2020 because of the current COVID-19 lockdown in Wales.

National Customer Service Week for Post Offices

Next week (5th – 9th October 2020) is National Customer Service Week for Post Offices. 

Adam Shillcock, the Area Manager for Post Office Ltd has been in touch with the Clerk and wishes to thank everybody on behalf of Pontfadog and Glyn Ceiriog Post Offices and their fantastic teams for your support and understanding throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He has requested everyone show their support for this essential service provided in Pontfadog by Phil and Mandy and forward their feedback using the following link: https://www.postoffice.co.uk/feedback  This information will be used by Post Office Ltd to demonstrate to the Government the importance of Post Offices to their respective communities.  To date there has only been a limited number of responses for Pontfadog and Glyn Ceiriog Post Offices so please make the time to send your feedback.