- Minutes of the Felinheli Community Council meeting held March 8 2016
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- Minutes of the Felinheli Community Council meeting held January 12 2016
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- Minutes of the Felinheli Community Council meeting held November 10 2015
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- Minutes of the Felinheli Community Council meeting held September 8 2014
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- Minutes of the Felinheli Community Council meeting held July 14 2015
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Councillor’s Report May/June 2016
ELECTION: As you know, I was elected Arfon Assembly Member and I’ve started on my new work. I know there was tremendous support from Y Felinheli and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted. I intend to submit my resignation as County Councillor in the next few weeks. There will then be an opportunity for you to elect a new councillor. In the meantime, please contact me if you need help with any matter.
MENAI MARINA: A planning application has been submitted to expand the present offices near the Dock to create toilets, showers, more office space as well as the erection of 3 retail units and extending the present car park. You can find the application on the Council website C16/0507/20/LL and submit comments.
FLOOD PREVENTION SCHEME: Gwynedd Council has succeeded in obtaining a grant to carry out Menai Straits Flood Prevention work at the front in Felinheli. Any scheme will be discussed in detail with the community, the Community Council, Sailing Club and local residents.
FOUR NEW HOUSES: Gwynedd Council Planning Committee has approved a planning application for four houses (one affordable) on land behind the Lon Las near Ffordd Penybryn
WORK ON THE LON LAS: Cemlyn Engineering has completed flood-prevention work on the stream near the Lon Las behind the telephone exchange.
QUAY STEPS: The pillar post box is now in use again.
AFON HEULYN PUBLIC FOOTPATH: Unfortunately, the work of rebuilding the wall cannot start yet and so the path must remain closed.
CONGRATULATIONS: Y Felinheli Football Club are this year’s Gwynedd League Champions and so they get promotion to the Welsh League (Second Division) next season.
21.04.16 Siân Gwenllian asks for your vote in the Welsh Election on May 5
Dear fellow villager,
It would be an honour to represent Arfon in the National Assembly. I hope you have had a chance to read my election material and seen what my priorities would be. Felinheli would of course be included amongst my new responsibilities and would still be a very special place for me!
I believe I have the experience and skills to be an effective voice for our area.
After being elected councillor in 2008, I consulted with you about what my priorities should be and set a number of goals. I’m glad to say that I’ve been able to fulfil the vast majority of them:
- More affordable homes for local people: 16 homes secured
- New home for the surgery: secured planning permission for our excellent Medical Centre
- More opportunities for socialising ( youth & older people) : secured grants for substantial upgrade of the Hall and for establishing a community hub at Felin Sgwrsio
- Tackle dog fouling & litter: held various campaigns, new signs, new bins, litter picks
- Improve footpaths: secured grants to upgrade Rowen path, Cerrig yr Afon & Lôn Las.
- Create local jobs: worked with local businesses as they set-up or expanded & held networking meetings through the Felinheli Business Forum
I also led some successful campaigns including No Pylons (against the Grid’s plans for pylons across Y Fenai) and Babis Bangor (to retain a full Maternity Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd.) I’ve contributed to local community initiatives such as Gwyl Y Felin and have served as a school governor for many years.
Some issues persist of course! Parking continues to be a problem despite the creation of a car park behind Bangor Street. Let’s hope the scheme at the back of the Church Hall can alleviate some of the problems. The condition of some of our road surfaces should be improved; other projects continue to be in the pipe-line such as the new section of the Coastal Footpath held up for various reasons; and we await the re-opening of the footpath near Afon Heulyn.
But I hope you will agree that I am a person who tries to fulfil promises and delivers results!
It would be a privilege to get your vote on May 5 – what better way to put Felin on the map than to elect me as our first villager ever to be a politician on the national stage!
08/04/2016 Councillor Sian Gwenllian’s Report for April 2016
FOOTPATH to the DOCK: It has finally re-opened between Tai Terfyn and the Dock. Thanks to Gwynedd Council and Cemlyn Williams (Llanddeiniolen) for the work of safeguarding the wall near the steps. I’m in contact with Royal Mail about re-opening the mail box. Thanks to you all for your patience with this project. I have hassled on this, believe you me!
COASTAL PATH: On Monday (April 4) I attended the Gwynedd Planning Committee and spoke about the long-awaited Coastal Path Scheme in Felin. The councillors were unanimous (14 – 0) in their support to move ahead to create a section 26 order in order to designate an 8 metre strip at the back of the front marina houses as a public footpath. This is the last piece of jig-saw required before the Coastal Path can be opened. I have placed the maps on the Community Noticeboard at Felin Sgwrsio. Very good news!
You can see the discussion about the Coastal path on the Gwynedd Council website. (Item starts at 00:09:46)
Click here to read the report which was presented to the Planning Committee
FERODO SITE: There is great concern about safety at the site and I had a meeting with four council officers to voice local concerns and the need to ensure the owner does more to secure the site. The officers agreed to try to get better security measures put in place and to monitor the situation. Please remember it is amn offence to trespass there and that it is highly dangerous to do so.
WORK FOLLOWING FLOODING: Work has been carried out under the road at the junction of Gwylan Uchaf at the top end of Bush Road where there were floods on Boxing Day. The Afon Heulyn footpath is still closed as the wall needs re-building; the rocks have been removed from the river.
DOCK: It’s good to see the Dock being rejuvenated and thanks to the owner for carrying out substantial work to improve the wall near the road. There are a number of businesses down in this area – with Dafydd Hardy estate agent the latest to locate there. The area is well worth a visit and a call at the Swellies café! I estimate that there are more than 60 small businesses in Felin now, a major employer in our community.
CONDITION OF RIOAD SURFACES – BUSH ROAD AND SEAVIEW: These remain on the Council’s list of roads that need re-surfacing. Let’s hope they get priority before long. This is another matter I continue to communicate with the Council about but with no success so far. The cuts to local government budgets do not help matters with the Council having to prioritise social care and education.
MAY 5 ELECTION: I will be spending the next few weeks campaigning in order to try to win the Arfon seat in the National Assembly. I will continue my work at county councillor during April but I will not be holding surgeries at Felin Sgwrsio. If I am elected, the people of Felinheli will be able to elect a new county councillor in due course. I’m available on 07775 642202 or e-mail email@example.com
18/03/2016 Upgrading popular Felinheli footpath
Part of the upgraded path
Substantial work to upgrade a footpath in Y Felinheli has recently been completed by Gwynedd Council which has improved access to a popular beach in the area.
The scheme to upgrade the footpath on Ffordd Glan y Môr, Felinheli past the health centre towards Rowen beach on the Menai Straits has been funded with a grant of £12,000 from Natural Resources Wales. The work was co-ordinated by the Gwynedd Council’s Rights of Way Team.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig Regulatory Cabinet Member for Gwynedd Council who leads on footpaths said: “I am delighted to see that the work of upgrading this popular route has been completed. It is an important resource for the local community, with the path leading towards Rowen beach, and linking to Lôn Las Menai and the Coastal Path.
“This has been a popular route for many years, and as a result its condition had deteriorated and was in need of improvements over recent months.
“We are grateful to the local landowners for their cooperation in realising the scheme which included improving the footpath’s surface, building steps from scratch, installing a railing and clearing overgrowth. This means that the path is now far more accessible to use and it is now much easier to visit Rowen beach.”
Councillor Sian Gwenllian, who represents Y Felinheli on Gwynedd Council added: “It is wonderful to have a safe and high quality path down to the beach in Rowen and the whole community are extremely grateful to Gwynedd Council for arranging the work and to the Gelli engineering company for carrying out the work.
“The footpath has existed for many years with permission from the farmer to cross the field down towards the fantastic spot by the Menai. After the construction of the medical centre in part of the field, an opportunity came to substantially upgrade the footpath so that more people could access Rowen.
“Local families and fishermen have enjoyed the location for many years but by now, access is far easier and many more people will be able to enjoy going for walks in the area.
“I am very pleased with the cooperation between landowners and all partners involved in the project, it has been on my ‘to do list’ as a county Councillor! Thank you very much everyone”
The work has been funded through the Welsh Government’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan which is administrated by Natural Resources Wales, with the aim of securing improved access for the public to the countryside.
08.03.16 Sian Gwenllian’s Councillor Report – March 2016
QUAY STEPS – I am very pleased to see that building work has started near the Quay Steps – I have been pressing for some time for the re-opening of this public footpath which is such an important link between two parts of the village. The work of building a new buttress started on Feb 29th. It’s hoped the work will be completed within four weeks. The contractor is Cemlyn Williams (Llanddeiniolen) and Osian Gruffydd is the engineer responsible for supervising the work and the main contact in Gwynedd Council.
GWYNEDD COUNCIL CUTS – On March 3, the full Council agreed to a package of far-reaching cuts worth £4.94 Million. Without these cuts, it would not have been possible to set a budget. It was agreed to increase the tax 3.9%. The details about the cuts can be seen by following the link. COUNCIL CUTS They are the direct consequence of the financial policies of Westminster.
SOLAR PARK COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION– at last £5000 has been transferred to the Community Council by Lighthouse, the company responsible for the Solar Park near Parcia. This was the ‘community benefit’ that I secured on behalf of Y Felinheli and Caernarfon. I am recommending that the Community Council earmarks the money for village improvements.
FERODO SITE - Officers from Gwynedd Council have recently visited the site following my complaints about matters reported in the press. Following this, officers have notified the site owners of locations where the fence needs reinforcing. As the site is a former industrial site, the owners has a responsibility to ensure that no-one can trespass the site, especially since substantial reclamation work needs to be done before the site can be redeveloped. Officers are in discussions with the owners to find a way forward. I will be meeting officers to get an update on this.
JETTY opposite GARDD FON - the condition of the jetty has been deteriorating for some time. Historically it was used by passengers travelling to and from Moel y Don. A council officer has agreed to visit the jetty upon low tide at the middle of this month so that he can check the condition of the jetty and observe what needs to be done. He will also inspect the track that runs to the jetty which is currently full of puddles despite work being carried out there recently by Gwynedd Council.
BEACH ROAD PLAY AREA – Thanks to everyone who supported the Community Council’s project to improve the quality of the area. We will soon know exactly how much money will be coming through the Bags of Help TESCO scheme. The development includes:
• Buying equipment suitable for children in wheel chairs so that they can play with their peers
• buying and planting plants in the area
• The project will not only give disabled children an opportunity to use the area, it will also enhance the look of the fence.
COASTAL FOOTPATH – The matter has to go before the Gwynedd Planning Committee for permission to move on with the last legal steps that need to be taken. This is so that the last piece of jig-saw can be in place before the Council can move ahead with the path in the Marina area. All but one of the landowners have now agreed. The hope is for the path to be created this summer.
NIGHT IN THE Vic - Plaid Cymru Felinheli branch is organising an evening on Friday to wish me luck with my campaign to be elected to the National Assembly on May 5. All are very welcome but you need to book tickets beforehand please. Details on the poster.
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