Radyr Sidings Residents’ Association
Welcome to the Sidings Residents’ Association’s pages
The Association continues to listen to and represent the voices of the residents of the Sidings estate, in collaboration with our local councillor, Rod McKerlich.
We have been liaising with Network Rail in relation to the maintenance of the “plot”, with a view to improving its aesthetics as well as safety while Network Rail continue their attempts to sell this piece of land.
In addition, we continue our dialogue with Taylor Wimpey and Cardiff Council in relation to the maintenance of the common areas of the estate, including the road surfaces, street lighting and the overgrown river bank area. The adoption process is under way, but the timeframe for completion is not yet known.
Finally, we continue to keep an eye on developments around Radyr station, and seek to minimise any detrimental impact on the estate. Further information about the current plans is available in English and Welsh.
We welcome any comments or queries from residents — please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Sidings Residents’ Association will take place at the Old Church Rooms, in the Garth Room on Monday 30 November, starting promptly at 7:30pm.
- Welcome & overview
- Report on past year’s activities:
- Streetlights, green areas and other Taylor Wimpey matters
- The “plot”
- Proposed changes to Radyr Station and vicinity
- Likely activities in the coming year
- Committee for 2015/16
To expand on some of these items a little further:
Proposed changes to Radyr station
The committee has very recently become aware of plans by Network Rail to redevelop the station and the immediate surroundings. The plans include:
- upgrading the station office
- converting the derelict piece of land between the station and the bridge to a car park, to increase parking provision from the current 122 spaces to a total of 235 spaces
- installing additional lighting columns with floodlighting
- installing additional CCTV cameras
- adding cycle parking facilities for 5 or 6 bikes
- potentially introducing a new bus service direct to the station, accessing via King’s Road.
We understand that as Network Rail owns much of the land in question, they are not required to go through the usual planning application process. However, they do need to comply with Highways legislation and Health & Safety laws.
It is currently not clear to us how advanced these plans are or when they propose to begin work. Our main concern at the moment is to ensure that residents are properly consulted on the plans and that we have the opportunity to feed in any concerns we might have. The R&M Community Council is writing to Cardiff Council and Network Rail to formally request that people in Radyr are consulted on this scheme. We will keep you updated with any further developments on this issue as we become aware.
In the meantime, we would welcome your initial views on these proposals. If possible, please send your thoughts through by e-mail to email@example.com so that we have the opportunity to consider them in advance of the AGM.
Committee for 2015/16
The current committee is:
Eszter Horvath-Papp – chair
Mark Ellis – secretary
Kevin Wright – general
Jon Wallis – general
All are happy to stand again for their roles.
However, we would very much encourage others to get involved. This is a relaxed and flexible group and there are no pre-requisites for taking part. We are all just ordinary residents like you, who care about our environment and community. We all have lives to be getting on with and it would be great to have more of us to share the work in dealing with any issues that arise and to communicate with all the residents.
If possible, please let us know in advance if you would like to stand for any particular role on the committee, but you can also decide to stand on the night. Please come prepared to say a few words about yourself to assist with the elections.
To help us manage time on the night, it would be helpful if you could let us know in advance if there is anything in particular you would like to raise in the AGM. This doesn’t, however, prevent issues being raised on the night.
Finally, thank you to everyone’s support throughout this past year and we look forward to seeing many of you on the 30th.
We are pleased to report that there has been a helpful and constructive meeting between the Council and Taylor Wimpey on the estate to discuss and agree a plan of action in relation to the various issues affecting the estate.
We understand it was a positive meeting and they identified the scope of remedial works to all the open space areas on the site to bring them up to an appropriate standard. Taylor Wimpey will be providing a programme for the completion of the outstanding works and rectification of defects.
The Play Area
Work has now started on removing the grassed areas within the children’s play area, and replacing them with tarmac. The intention is to complete this work prior to the school summer holidays. This will mean that the park will be closed for approximately one week, though hopefully still within term time.
The rest of the work on the central open space (eg, remedial work to the poor surface preparations and soil spread) will then take place throughout the summer months and Taylor Wimpey has promised to keep disruption to a minimum.
In addition, there was significant discussion in relation to the Japanese knotweed problem on the river bank leading up to the edge of the estate. Taylor Wimpey confirmed that there had been a programme of spraying which has lapsed in recent years. However, a spraying regime will be established as soon as possible to follow the current best practice, and Taylor Wimpey has engaged a landscape contractor and a weed control specialist to produce a strategy for the management of this area. This will be provided to the Council for their approval, along with a tree survey and timescales for completion of the works. Be aware that any robust solution will take two to three years to work.
We are still looking to arrange our own meeting with Taylor Wimpey on the estate, but in the meantime it is good to see that some concrete steps are being taken to bring the estate into line with what was originally envisaged. We will circulate further details when we receive them. Please get in touch with us if you have any comments on the proposals or if you have any feedback once the works are started.
If you’d like us to keep you informed of what the Association’s doing, please ask us to add you to our mailing list by emailing us. (We won’t pass your email address on to anyone else, and we’ll only be sending occasional emails.)