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.
Sports Pavilion Opens
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
or Visit Wrexham council's website on Rail Travel in Wrexham
which provides excellent information. www.wrexham.gov.uk/rail
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
interactive education at youth clubs within the county borough.
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.
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
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
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.
Games Area for Village
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
Barclays Spaces for Sport Development Fund
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.
Housing Policy Cwm Glas Johnstown
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
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
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.
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
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.
Calming Moreton Estate 20MPH
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.
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
Country Parks and the Environment
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
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.
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.