David A Elston

St Athan Village Proposed Traffic Solution

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The number one killer of young people (defined as 15-29 year olds) in the world is road related deaths.
 
In the UK there were 1730 traffic deaths in 2015[1]. There is often more than one contributing factor, however it is claimed 90%[2] to 95%[3] of the time driver error was one of the contributing factors. While the data available does not give us a precise number of how many definitely included driver error, we can see an overwhelming majority of the time that a contributing factor is driver error[4].
 
Driver failed to look properly and driver/rider failed to judge other person's path of speed are the highest contributors by a considerable margin and issues relating to speed are secondary, while other issues trail behind considerably.
 

A Centralist view of the Left vs Right local debate

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Martyn John Shrewbury, Former Green Party Wales Leader and Benjamin Mackenzie Chief Editor of The Burkean got away from their keyboards and met in person with matching attire to debate if Hitler and his ideals were in fact socialist or not.

 

 

Eglwys Brewis road Press Release

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Vale of Glamorgan Council will not improve safety on Eglwys Brewis road despite a teacher already having lost their life to this dangerous stretch. The road is in a bad state of decay and primarily children walk this route. I wholly support parents and other residents calls for this road to be made safer.

I understand you have been contacted from residents regarding road safety concerns around the Eglwys Brewis into Llantwit Major roads.

I contacted the higher Vale council on this matter and was given a rather comprehensive response that can be summed up to say they have had the road signed off as safe, due to the speed limit being 40 mph.

Sadly they did not respond to my comments about the poor quality of the road, such as flora overgrowth, potholes and soil encroachment creating poor road conditions which increases the level of danger. Additionally the pedestrians walking this road are often children.

I'm very disheartened to find the Vale council are not willing to improve the road safety when the life of a local teacher was already lost on this dangerous road.

Money for Parks but not for Water

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If you missed it, I got to hold this really big cheque for £2000 for our charity* in St Athan which has been set up to help improve the areas of play.

 

Newydd's contribution here was very generious and it'd be great to see more of their very welcoming staff that met us at the new Old Station estate throughout the company.

Press Hit: Pirate Party Councillor Fund Raising Success

Charity Trustees; Pirate Party Councillor David A Elston, Chairperson, Lisa Austin, Sally Gardiner and Charlotte Jennings' Charity now raised £3500 towards improving the areas of play in St Athan.

Lindsey Gordon, at Newydd's new estate "...The charity is great for all the kids and the work the charity does is fantastic for the community."

Rachel Honey-Jones, Community Regeneration Manager at Newydd, said "It’s a great pleasure to support St Athan’s SAINTS in order to help them develop play areas locally..."

Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 13:00

Tending to my GMB Membership

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Well that was a surprising turn of events. The GMB membership was polled and 60% have come out in favour of Owen Smith MP to be the next Labour Leader, leaving 40% in support of Corbyn, as there was no option to back neither or spoil your ballot.

This resulted in the GMB coming out in support of Owen Smith, despite not coming out in support of a candidate in the last Labour leadership elections.

It seems the GMB themselves are quite surprised that this announcement generated a lot of attention, at least according to their twitter feed:

Sadly this has triggered a cancellation of my membership, as I simply cannot support Owen Smith. My open e-mail below details the particulars:

East Camp Parking & Directors

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The parking issue in East Camp persists but fortunately we are now getting better responces from the EVRCL. There seems to have been some kind of communication breakdown whereby they no longer answer e-mails to their address:

residentenquiriesevrcl@gmail.com

...but now instead as a collection of addresses one must e-mail:

Acting Chair: josie_08@btinternet.com

With CC:

paul.megraw@btinternet.com
JENNYMAYBILL@aol.com
curnow755@btinternet.com
jpetherick35@gmail.com

Sometimes this address is also CC:

mullin.mary@btinternet.com

Saints – St Athan Parks Trust

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I recently helped set up and became a Trustee of a local charity in St Athan. It is the brain child of Chairperson & Trustee Lisa Austin, who has worked tirelessly to see it become a success, along with two other Trustees; Charlotte Jennings and Sally Gardiner. Since it's creation we have received over 3500. Over 1,500 pounds has been raised as a result of the Family Fun Day in St Athan for the Saints – Parks Trust. It was a huge success. The car park and side streets were packed with cars, the field and community centre was rammed full and everyone was providing really great feedback. Stall holders, volunteers and not just residents but people from as far as Bridgend and Barry turned up to take advantage of the fun in the sun.

Bus un-fare

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Recently it was announced that the bus fare to St Athan Primary School was going to have an increase around three times its current price.

The new fee of £2.00 return bus fare, previously 80p return for comprehensive schools and 40p single or 70p return primary will be introduced in September after the new tender was accepted.

It is standard for the council to seek a new tender/renew an existing tender every 3 years. Regrettably cuts from central government have meant the council is no longer subsidising bus fares and now parents will need to pay the full amount if they need to use the bus.


I've looked into how families on low incomes may be able to seek financial assistance here.

Firstly all children between 5 and 16 qualify for free school transport if they go to their nearest suitable school if:

Aquatrine Respond to East Camp

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After going through the office of Jane Hutt we managed to get through to Aquatrine PFI, Richard Upton, Assurance Team Manager who has responded to my letter, their full reply is to the end of this post.

A summary

The original letter contained an error in the e-mail address, the correct address to send your concerns to is DIOSDTFM-AquatrinePMO@mod.uk and they apologise for this and the length of time it has taken to resolve.

Should the scheme go ahead, EVRCL would no longer supply, bill or be any way involved in the fresh water management to East Camp. I believe this to be in the best interests of residents, however no evidence has been provided for how they believe it would positively influence house prices and conceed the debt may also reduce salability so I do not see residents having to pay for this scheme as beneficial as the original leaflet alluded.

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