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Speed Limit of 30MPH

I have been working to reduce the speed limit from the Junction of Vauxhall Industrial Estate to the Junction of Stryt Las which has now been reduced from 40 MPH to 30 MPH, this is will ensure that speeds are consistent thorough the village from Vauxhall Industrial Estate to Wrexham Road.

Many residents had raised concerns on the differing speeds in a built up areas of the village especially from Brandi Brook to the Junction of Stryt Las.

20 MPH now in foce in Melyd Avenue

The 20mph zone is now in force in Melyd Avenue, access to Johnstown Infants School following consultation with local residents.

New Facilities Opened at Johnstown Bowls Club

Johnstown Bowls Club has officially opened its new facilities in time for the start of the new season.

A grant of 23,000 was secured from Rhos Community Council, Cory Environmental and the Sport Wales Lottery to provide new floodlights and a water irrigation system. The improvements will help the club to develop further and see more teams play Bowls in the community. Funding was also secured to purchase new bowling equipment for young people to join the club.

Peter Cuffin said, we wish to thank all our funding partners, Rhos Community Council, Cory and the Sport Wales Lottery in helping us to expand our community facility which has now provided us with more opportunity to grow and encourage people of all ages to play Bowls in Johnstown.

Since Johnstown bowling Club was formed in 1994 it has striven to improve the facilities which were funded by members through its own fundraising efforts to erect two shelters. Earlier this year there was an extension to the kitchen which included the installation of new units and redecorating the interior of pavilion.

At present the club run eleven teams in the Wrexham and Oswestry leagues

  • There are two teams in the Wrexham Saturday leagues
  • There two teams in the Wrexham pairs leagues
  • There is one team in Wrexham Vets league
  • There are six teams in the Oswestry leagues

For the first time this season the club has registered a junior team who have excellent support from their parents some of whom have also taken up bowling. Over recent years the juniors have gone on to represent the County in matches and some have also gone on to represent Wales under eighteens. It is also club policy to give juniors free membership up to the age of sixteen and they have also been kitted out with polo shirts with Johnstown Bowling club logo which was sponsored by one of the parents.

Stryt Las

Johnstown Sports Pavilion Opens

Johnstown Sports Pavilion in Heol Kenyon Johnstown has been officially opened by Wrexham Football Club and assistant Wales Manager Dean Saunders. Work carried out includes an extension to the front of the building which has seen two new changing rooms and shower facilities to accommodate the number of youth and senior teams that play weekly at Heol Kenyon. I have been working with Johnstown Youth Football Club and
Wrexham council to secure funding for the project and funding of £100,000 was secured from Groundwork Wrexham and Flintshire. These are excellent facilities which I am sure will be well used by local football teams in the future.

Dean Saunders

Safe Routes to School - Johnstown Infants

Work has been completed at Johnstown Infant School following funding secured of £35,000 under the safe routes to schools awarded from the Welsh Assembly Government. A Kerbcraft DVD was recently launched and training to pupils was carried out at the school. The school has actively been working with Wrexham council's Transport and Asset
Management Department on the safe routes to school initiative.

New measures include, new access at the school gate in Melyd Avenue and a 20mph zone in Maes Isaf and traffic calming measures and new pedestrian crossing access. New signage and "a Gateway" effect road markings have been incorporated in the scheme together with a traffic regulation order for the zig zag lines in Melyd Avenue which which is
now enforceable between 8am to 5pm Monday to Fridays. I have also recently requested via the council's executive board to look at implementing a 20 mph policy at every school in the county borough.

New Play Area in Heol Kenyon

Kenyon has now been completed which was supported by Johnstown Youth Management Committee. Funding of £33,000 was secured from Groundwork, Wrexham and Flintshire and Wrexham council's environment department.

"Save our Open Space's" - Heol Kenyon and Worsley Avenue

Three new fields in North Wales were formally opened for public use as part of the network of Owain Glyndwr Fields established across Wales by the National Playing Fields Association on Thursday, 22 March 2007. The dedication of these fields will commemorate the life of Wales hero, Owain Glyndwr. As the plaques were unveiled, the local communities of Marchwiel, Johnstown and Rhostyllen can be assured that the fields will remain a part of their community for ever more, allowing future generations to continue to use them and enjoy the sites. The National Playing Fields Association has arranged full legal protection for the fields, which means they can never be built on.

The Owain Glyndwr Fields initiative is designed to commemorate the great Welsh statesman by protecting recreational land in his name. The initiative, which has been endorsed by the National Assembly for Wales, aims to establish an Owain Glyndwr Field in every unitary authority in Wales. The fields in Johnstown Marchwiel, and Rhostyllen will be
distinguished by Owain Glyndwr Field plaques.

National Playing Fields Association Cymru Chairman Lewis Evans stated, "Green space and playing fields are vital for the development of young people as well as for the enjoyment and leisure of people of all ages. The work of the National Playing Fields Association is becoming increasingly important today as the need for housing continues to grow, and I am delighted with these latest additions to the growing number of Owain Glyndwr fields".

Wrexham to London Rail Link

I am delighted that following my motion to the council's Executive Board in September 2004 for a direct train service to London, Wrexham and Shropshire Railways and operating 5 trains a day direct from local stations to London Marylebone. 45 new railway jobs have been created at the new Rail Depot at Wrexham Station and £900,000 was secured from the
Welsh Assembly Government for improvements to the railway infrastructure and Station buildings. Local people have been employed and catering has been supplied from local sources.

The new rail service will support the existing improvements over the past three years which has seen a two hourly direct rail service to Cardiff. From December 2008, Virgin Trains are planning to operate a direct high speed Rail service to London and Arriva Trains Wales are to operate to Birmingham International.

For further details please visit or Visit Wrexham council's website on Rail Travel in Wrexham which provides excellent information.

Rail Safety

I am pleased that we have seen an overall reduction of trespass on the Rail Network. I have been working with the British Transport Police Community Safety Co-ordinator Bill Rogerson and Network Rail who have delivered the Crucial Crew programme to nearly 3000 pupils to Wrexham schools since August 2007. Work was also undertaken which includes
interactive education at youth clubs within the county borough.

British Transport Police take incidents of route crime extremely seriously. Trespassing on the railway is a criminal offence which can see the offender end up in court and result in a fine of £1,000 being given. Anyone with information, or witnesses, can contact the police
free on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. In an emergency dial 999.

Johnstown Community Centre

Former Manchester United and Wales star Mark Hughes officially opened the community centre following refurbishment on July 10th 2007. School Children from Johnstown Junior and Infant attended the opening. Johnstown Youth Management Committee have been working with Wrexham Council, Rhos Community council and Groundwork Wrexham and Flintshire to secure funding to improve the centre to include a new committee/computer room, a new disabled toilet and kitchen and two new storerooms. These improvements have enabled children and young people from the youth centre to share the community centre building and being multi purpose. It will also support existing users and encourage new people to come to the centre with a range of new facilities, access and accommodation.

Wrexham council have been reviewing their community centre buildings and the environment and regeneration scrutiny committee have considered a series of reports in relation to community centres over the past couple of years. The focus has, in the main, centred on the issues relating to potential savings as part of the budget process and to
examine the long-term viability of each centre. The refurbishment of the centre will support and address many of these issues and secure a long-term future for Johnstown.

Council's recycling rates now 43%

Following requests from residents for more facilities, residents can now recycle more following the opening of a neighbourhood recycling facility at Somerfield in Johnstown. This site will assist local residents to recycle more following the introduction of the Recycle with
Michael scheme. I thank Somerfield for helping to improve recycling rates and the environment. Based in the car park of the Somerfield store there are facilities to collect paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and cardboard. This is the 27th site to be opened in Wrexham and comes when recent figures show Wrexham's recycling rates are on target to improve again this year which have risen from 8% to 43% now the second highest in Wales.

New Games Area for Village

New and improved recreational facilities have been provided in the village, which includes a new Children's Play area in and a Multi Purpose Games area in Worsley Avenue. A Multi-Purpose games area has also been provided together with a Youth Shelter and improvements to the Children's play area in Heol Kenyon.

The Multi-Purpose Games Area in Heol Kenyon was the first to be provided in Wales as part of the "Barclays Spaces for Sport Development" at a cost of £25,000. Over the last two years I have continued to improve our recreational facilities in Johnstown, which has also
assisted the community in a reduction of incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Barclays Spaces for Sport Development Fund

Following the introduction of new sports facilities Multi-Purpose Games Area in Heol Kenyon and Worsley Avenue Johnstown. Further funding was agreed from Barclays Spaces for Sports. The development fund is spread over three years and will be used in a variety of coaching skills, new kits and equipment to deliver football sessions in line with curriculum
key stages 1 and 2 in local schools. The project will also assist in the development of a local youths girls team and support Johnstown Youth Football Club. 'Barclays Spaces for Sport' have provided a total of £45,000 in Johnstown.

Local Housing Policy Cwm Glas Johnstown

Following a request I made to the housing department for a local lettings policy in Cwm Glas Johnstown, I am pleased that a local housing policy has been agreed. There are areas in the county like Cwm Glas where it has become common practice to let proprieties to older people and where there are no sheltered units, and where the accommodation is
suitable for disabled people, ground floor accommodation and in locations which is beneficial to older persons due to their proximity to amenities and bus routes. The general policy to be considered for this type of property is that applicants must be at least 50 years of age or have a physical disability. The policy only applies to flats due to the current demand for council housing and the aim of the policy is to try and ensure that there is suitable accommodation in the communities of their choice so to avoid clashes of life style and to formalise current practice. If however there are no suitable applicants on the housing
waiting list who meet the criteria for these types of proprieties other applicants will be considered under the age of 50, ie oldest applicants first in accordance with the council's lettings policy.

Council Housing Improvements

New central heating systems have been installed to a large amount of houses over the past two years and a new rolling programme has started to upgrade older systems. We have also seen improvements and the installation of new upvc doors to the bungalows and this programme will continue to roll out over the next two years and include, Bangor Road,
Heol Kenyon, Heol Offa, Heol Orsaf, Heol Y Cynghor, and Y Gesail. A pilot scheme was also undertaken by Wrexham County Borough Council's housing department to carry out external works to 4 properties in Heol Kenyon Johnstown. The work included the removal of the existing external concrete planks being replaced with an insulated render system to the
existing frame structure of the properties. Off street parking was completed in Heol Kenyon together with the painting of the steel houses and bungalows. New wrought iron fencing will be erected to the bungalows in Heol Y Cyngor and Y Gesail as part of this years environmental improvement schemes.

Cwm Glas Improved

The communal hallways in Cwm Glas have been painted and work has also been undertaken to replace the fascia boards and guttering to bring them up to a maintainable standard. As part of an environmental scheme I requested new electronic door entry has been fitted to all flats in Cwm Glas which will provide greater security for our residents. Funding was also secured from the environmental scheme for new electronic security
gates in Llys Hafod which has greatly assisted residents following incidents of anti-social behaviour. A new pathway (rear of houses in Yale street) has also been completed.

Traffic Calming Moreton Estate 20MPH

Following an extensive consultation with residents on the Moreton Estate a complete 20 mph Zone and complementary traffic-calming scheme has been introduced. This has included three flat top speed humps, two in Heol Hafod and one in Heol Orsaf including a pedestrian facility designed to encourage slower vehicular speeds, this will also create a
safer environment for local residents and road users. The cost of the scheme was approximately £35,000 and will support the recently extended 30 MPH speed limit in Bangor Road. New lighting was also erected in Bangor Road as part of the scheme.

Anti-Social Behaviour

Since 2003/04 Crime in the County Borough has fallen by 33%, the introduction of the PCSO's Police Community Support officers has also assisted in a reduction of anti-social behaviour. New facilities in the village has assisted in reduction of anti-social behaviour in the village and a Youth Shelter and Multi-Purpose Games areas have been
provided. In partnership with the North Wales Police regular local focus meetings and surgeries are held to address residents concerns, these maybe, inconsiderate parking, issues of anti-social behaviour, speeding to more serious problems of crime. Its important to report incidents to the police on 0845 607 1002 if you are experiencing problems, a crime or
anti-social behaviour.

Country Parks and the Environment

Green areas and public open space are hugely important to people in the community. I have working with the local Rangers from Ty Mawr who are responsible for both the Stryt Las and Bonc Yr Hafod Country Parks. Improvements have been made at the Gwalia entrance with a new footpath and new street lighting. We have also seen a new footpath from Cwm Glas
to the Stryt Las Country Park together with new seating and litterbin's within the park. New litterbin's have been installed around the village and in our Country Parks together with regular campaigns to address dog fouling. We also have a regular beat sweeper who keeps the village clean.

Johnstown Bowls Club

In 2004 the refurbishment of the Bowls club in Johnstown took place, which saw the extension to the existing building to include disabled toilets and improved access together with improved facilities for members and visitors. The car park has also been extended and I have recently been working with the Bowls Club to install a new all weather shelter and improvements to the perimeter fencing. A disabled car parking space has also been made available.