St Athan

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.

East Camp Private Parking

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Bad news unfortunately. I wrote to EVRCL regarding the private parking situation on East Camp - specifically on Drake Close where people get blocked in or their private spaces are occupied by someone else. Much to my regret they insist there is not an issue and no one has ever said there was an issue with parking here, contrary with what residents have told and shown me.

I offered a number of solutions to EVRCL that would not cost residents, shareholders or EVRCL anything to implement but they were rejected in whole, saying it was down to the residents to sort out.

 

An Independent UK - What that means for wales

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Wales has a very difficult time ahead. Naturally all EU funding possibilities for St Athan I have since abandoned or put on hold until new funding opportunities present themselves. Wales used to get more money out of the EU than it put in, even when you completely discount trade, as Wales is counted as either the first or second poorest area in the UK, depending on which measure is used, sometimes second to Cornwall.

The Welsh Government will have to negotiate hard over the formula with central government to ensure Wales continues to make this net gain in terms of payment; replacing the EU with England.

Many of our civil liberties and rights were inherited from the EU and we'll need strong Unions and people ready to fight to protect these when Parliament divorces from the EU. There is no guarantee these will be retained, even the EU laws which are enshrined in our own laws will be subject to review.

 

Eglwys Brewis Road safety concerns

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My contribution to the Eglwys Brewis Road safety concerns from residents


Image: Eglwys Brewis Village that joins Eglwys Brewis Road
Image Source: Geograph

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Subject: 5652754 - Road Safety
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:31:22 +0100
From: David A Elston <d.elston@pirateparty.org.uk>
To: c1v@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council

I have been approached by residents regarding some road safety issues.

As you may be aware a community mapping survey took place with over 200 responses and we believe to have reached approximately 400 people. One of the serious and obvious trends was a concern over road safety in St Athan Community.

What a difference a Dave makes

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While our single Pirate MEP delivers huge reform across Europe, I'm making my own little humble contribution down here in South Wales.

Before I write any further, I think it's important to answer the question of expenses. I have travelled quite a bit over South Wales, especially recently and that does beg the question on if I am claiming for this travel, especially as a community councillor is an unpaid government role.

I want to say on the record, that I have never claimed any expenses while being a member of the Pirate Party UK. I have not claimed any from the public purse through my community council, none from the party itself and when offered expenses from institutions such as the University of Bath after a recent talk there, I kindly declined. Politicians have a bad reputation over expenses and I did not want to contribute to that, regardless of how legitimate a claim may be.

Anyway, enough bureaucracy and more on what's been happening!

Member's Update - Elections and Incumbents

Sunday, 29 May, 2016 - 22:00

Hello fellow Pirates,


We have some announcements to make!

If you're looking for some fresh content, our very own Danfox [https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/danfox-davies ] has posted an interesting long-read magazine piece on wars, friendship, and conscience [https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party-magazine/new-world-example ].

Aquatrine PFI response

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Recently residents approached me regarding a large fee that was deemed "necessary" for them to pay by the Aquatrine PFI Team with Ministry of Defence letter heads.

 

The letter was brief, confusing and seemingly did not take into account historical agreements with residents. I later recieved the same letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

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