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   Working together for the good of all                                                                                    March 2010 Issue 100

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    Morrisons back Bargoed!
Bargoed looks set to                    especially the local members, so
celebrate the news                      I’d like to thank everyone involved                     Hanbury Pub
that supermarket giant                  and look forward to seeing this
                                        exciting scheme get off the ground.”
Morrisons is to create
                                           Lengthy negotiations have been
a new 55,000 square
                                        taking place over recent months
foot flagship store in                   with Morrisons to agree terms and
the town centre.                        ensure that the best outcome is
  Caerphilly county borough             achieved for Bargoed’s regeneration.
council has worked hard over            A spokesman for Morrisons said,
recent years with developers            “We appreciate all the hard work
Simons to secure a big name             and commitment that the council
supermarket to anchor a major           and WAG have put in to making
retail development in the town.         the retail plateau development
At the time Newsline went to            at Bargoed possible. Now that
print the council’s cabinet was         we have our Board Approval in
about to consider a series of           place we look forward to working
decisions that it needs to make         with CCBC, WAG and Simons
for the development to go ahead.        Developments to help deliver this
  Cllr Ron Davies, cabinet              important project”.
member for regeneration, said,             The announcement, together
“This is fantastic news and I’m         with commitments from the
sure the whole community                council and the Welsh Assembly
will join us in welcoming the           Government, will mean that the
announcement. Bargoed is a              missing piece of the jigsaw for
key strategic town centre with          Bargoed’s regeneration is in place,
a proud history and we want to          although the development is still            Major preparatory works have          for the scheme. The multi-million          As well as the main supermarket
re-position it as a major valleys       subject to planning permission, a         already been carried out at the          pound development will boost            development, the exciting proposal
shopping destination. Many              formal legal agreement with the           site and a number of properties          the local economy, create hundreds      also includes new retail outlets,
people have worked tirelessly to        council and finalising the funding         have been demolished to create           of new jobs and breathe new life        attractive public spaces and over
bring about these improvements,         arrangements.                             an impressive development plateau        into Bargoed town centre.               400 car parking spaces.

   Green Festival Fun!
An exciting new family                     Beach lovers will get the chance       it will attract families from across     are supporting the festival and
festival is coming to                   to build a sandcastle or just sit back,   the county borough. Waunfawr             will have stalls at the festival site
Crosskeys this May                      relax and enjoy the atmosphere            Park is a fantastic venue and the        on the day. Eisteddfod 2010
                                        at a special ‘urban beach’ that will      Big Green Festival will help             and Menter Iaith Caerffili will
and the event promises
to offer something for
people of all ages.
                                        also be created on the site!
                                           The popular park has recently
                                                                                  showcase this popular community
                                                                                  park - I hope to see you all there!”
                                                                                                                           be promoting Welsh language
                                                                                                                           and culture, and other agencies                                               1
                                        been awarded Green Flag Status,              Sports fans will be spoiled for       such as Gwent Police and the
   The ‘Big Green Festival’             so this new festival is a perfect way     choice thanks to football skills with    Crosskeys and Pontywaun
takes place at Waunfawr Park on         to promote a range of activities          representatives from Cardiff City        Partnership are also involved.                                                W
Saturday 15th May and boasts            that are ‘green’, healthy and fun.        Football Club, rugby sessions with the   For more information about
live music, sporting sessions, animal      The Mayor Cllr John Evans said,        Gwent Dragons and golf activities        the event please contact
       displays, healthy activities     “We are delighted to host this            in support of Ryder Cup 2010.            Natalie Haynes 01495 235461
        and even worm charming!         new event in Crosskeys and hope              A range of partner organisations      or Steve Trew 01495 247962.

        Read Me, Recycle Me! // website: // e-mail: // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // p. 1
                                                                                                                                                                               01443 815588
                                                                                                                            MAIN SWITCHBOARDS:                              or 01495 226622

                                                                                                                            Emergency number for                               01443 875500
 Sunday 21st March 7.30pm                  Friday 2nd April -                                                               all services:                                   (Out of hours only)
 Psychic Evening                           Monday 5th April 10am
 Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson             Easter & All Fools Day                                                           Adult’s Social Services                            0808 100 2500
                                                                                   The council is leading the
 An evening with Gavin Cromwell,           Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson
 TV and celebrity psychic. Booking                                                 way in Wales with its                    Births, deaths & marriages                         01443 863478
                                           Ancient traditions in the Manor
 essential. £10 prebooked tickets.         House plus daily Easter bonnet          efforts to help local families
                                                                                                                            Children’s Social Services                         0808 100 1727
     01443 412248                          competitions, egg painting, and         reduce their utility bills.
                                           other activities for all the family
                                                                                      A new tariff has been introduced      Community Safety                                   01443 864374
                                           (included Manor admission or,
 Saturday 27th March                                                               by Welsh Water to help low
 10am - 4pm
                                           for activities only £3.75 per child).                                            Consumer Advice                                    01495 235111
                                               01443 412248                        income families and individuals
 Bargoed Spring Fair                                                               with certain medical conditions to       Council Tax Enquiries                              01443 863002
 Emporium Car Park, Bargoed                Friday 2nd - Monday                     reduce their water costs.
 Craft stalls, circus skills, workshops,   5th April 10am                             Since April, the council has          Dog Warden                                         01443 866544
 face painting, street entertainers        Roman Revelry                           been working with tenants across                       False Insurance claims
 & Punch & Judy show.                                                              the county borough to encourage          Fraudline     against the Council                  0800 328 9270
                                           Winding House, New Tredegar
     029 2088 0011                                                                 take-up of the reduced water
                                           Discover what life was like for                                                  Furniture Recycling                                01685 846830
                                           Roman soldiers and settlers in the      assist tariff, and to date we have
 Saturday 27th - Sunday                    county borough with fun activities      secured around £110,000 savings          Housing/Council                        claims      01443 866567
 28th March 11am - 4pm                     and games for all the family.           for tenants (an average saving of                                           Existing
                                               01443 822 666                       £220.00 per household).                  Tax Benefits                     claimants          01443 864099
 Antique Fair                                                                         Cllr Colin Mann, said, “It’s good
 Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson             Sunday 4th April 10am                                                            Minicom                                            01443 873626
                                                                                   to see that our staff have been
 Free event organised by                   Easter Egg Hunt                         working hard to encourage as             Potholes                                           01443 866511
 Amber Fairs.                              Cwmcarn Forest Drive                    many households as possible
     01443 412248
                                           Come along to Cwmcarn Forest            to take advantage of this new            Refuse Collections                                 01443 866533
                                           Drive and see if you can find the        scheme. I would urge anyone who
 Wednesday 31st March 9.30am               clues that the easter bunny has         thinks that they may be eligible to      Street Lighting                                    01495 235789
                                           left around the valley to claim
 Garden Safe                               your egg-stravagant prize!
                                                                                   get in touch to find out more.”
 Gilfach Bargoed                                                                      This scheme is not only
 Community Centre
                                                01495 272001
                                                                                   applicable to council tenants.
                                                                                   Private homeowners are also
                                                                                                                             Revised gambling policy agreed
 Bring along your garden electrical        Tuesday 6th April 12pm
 equipment and have it safety                                                      eligible and there may be many            The council has a duty
 tested by an electrical engineer for      Bug Home Day                            people out there who are not              to produce a policy
 FREE. Cookery demonstrations              Cwmcarn Forest Drive                    aware of this scheme.                     statement relating
 from Terry Walton using home              Come along and make your own
                                                                                      Anyone in receipt of the qualifying    to gambling after
 grown produce.                            bug box to hang in your garden!
                                                                                   benefits can claim if they have            consulting a wide
     01495 235291                          Ladybirds, spiders, and daddy long
                                           legs will love them! Book early to      either three children or more             range of organisations
                                           avoid disappointment.                   under the age of 19 for which
                                                                                                                             and individuals.
 Thursday 1st April                            01495 272001                        child benefit is claimed OR if a
                                                                                                                               Following a recent consultation period, a new policy was agreed and
 2pm and 5pm                                                                       member of the household has a
                                                                                                                             adopted by the council in January. The policy sets out the principles
 High School Rocks!                        Wednesday 7th April 12pm                specific medical condition.
                                                                                                                             the council will apply when dealing with applications for Premises
 Blackwood Miners’ Institute               Easter Bag Decorations                     If you know of anyone who              Licences for betting offices, adult gaming and family entertainment
 A high energy, foot stomping,             Cwmcarn Forest Drive                    may be able to benefit from the            centres and when granting permits for gaming and gaming machines
 totally interactive production            Join Marion (The Bag Lady), and         scheme they should contact:               in clubs and pubs etc. The policy can be viewed on the website
 featuring all the very best hits          create your own easter themed           01495 235600 (council tenants)   or copies can be requested by
 from High School Musical 1, 2,            material bag to take home and                                                     e-mailing: or calling 01495 235361.
                                                                                   0800 0520145 (non council tenants)
 & 3, Hannah Montana and                   amaze your friends! Book early to
 Camp Rock!                                avoid disappointment!
     01495 227206                              01495 272001
                                                                                    PACT – Have your say!
                                           Saturday 10th April 9.30am               Partnerships & Communities              BLACKWOOD:
NEWS L INE                                 Caerphilly Farmers Market
                                           Twyn Car Park, Caerphilly
                                                                                    Together (PACT) meetings
                                                                                    are held in each ward
                                                                                                                            Argoed: Mon 10th May, Argoed
                                                                                                                            Village Hall, 6pm; Blackwood:
                                                                                                                                                                    Abertysswg Community Centre,
is produced by the council’s                                                                                                                                        2pm; New Tredegar: Tues 13th
                                           A farmers market selling a range         across Caerphilly county                Tues 4th May, Blackwood Infants         April, White Rose Information
Communications Unit to bring               of different local produce including     borough every few months.               School, 6pm; Cefn Fforest:              & Resource Centre, 6.30pm;
you news about what the council            cheese, cakes, woodcraft, bread,         The next round of meetings will         Tues 11th May, Cefn Fforest             Pontlottyn: Tues 6th April,
is doing in your area. If you wish         preserves, plants, eggs and meats.       be held for the following areas:        Community Centre, 7pm;                  Pontlottyn Community Centre,
to comment on any of the stories               01656 658963                                                                 Penmaen: Fri 14th May,                  5pm; Twyn Carno: Wed 7th
in this edition please write to
                                                                                    BARGOED:                                Oakdale Community Centre, 6pm;          April, Ael y Bryn Community
Stephen Pugh, Media Officer at the          Tuesday 20th - Saturday                  Aberbargoed: Mon 29th                   Pontllanfraith: Mon 17th May,           Centre, 12pm.
council offices, Penallta House,
                                           24th April                               March, The Hanger, Bedwellty            Pontllanfraith Council Offices,
Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed CF82 7WF                                                                                             Council Chamber, 6.30pm.
(tel: 01443 864264 or e-mail:              The Wizard of Oz                         Road, 6pm; Gilfach: Thurs 25th
                                           Blackwood Miners’ Institute              March, Gilfach Scout and Guide                                                  For more information about and we
will pass on your comments to the          Performance by Blackwood Musical         Hall, 6.30pm; Pengam: Wed               RHYMNEY:                                the meetings in your area, &
                                           Theatre Society featuring local          24th March, Fleur de Lis School,        Darren Valley: Tues 6th April,          what priorities are currently
relevant department. An audio and
                                           school children.                         6pm; St Cattwg: Wed 24th March,         Fochriw Community Centre,               being tackled, please visit
large print version is also available -
                                               01495 227206                         Gelligaer Church Hall, 6pm.             4pm; Moriah: Mon 12th April,  
please contact the number above.

p. 2   // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // website: // e-mail: // Read Me, Recycle Me!
  Deciding the future of council housing
   At a special meeting of council last month, members debated
   whether Caerphilly county borough council should retain its
   housing stock or transfer it to a Registered Social Landlord to
   be managed in the future.
     The council owns around 11,000 properties across the county borough and major
   investment is needed to ensure that the stock meets the requirements of the Wales
   Housing Quality Standard by 2015.
     After a long debate, with many contributions from members on both sides of the
   chamber, a vote was taken and the council agreed to transfer its stock to a Registered
   Social Landlord. This will firstly involve a ballot of council tenants and approval from
   the Welsh Assembly Government.

   “I believe that the best way forward is
   to give our tenants the power to choose.”
      “I believe that the best way forward is to give our tenants the power to choose.
   These are the people who live in the properties, so it must be up to them to decide
   what is best for their future,” said Cllr Lyn Ackerman.
      Major investment is needed to achieve the standard and it was explained that the
   financial implications for the council could be dire if it retained the stock and was not
   able to meet the quality standard.
      “We sometimes need to make tough decisions that go against our principles, but
   I’m confident that this is the right decision and I truly believe that this option will
   deliver the best outcome for our tenants in the future,” added Cllr Ackerman.

                                                                                Green scheme success!
                                                                                The council is delighted
                                                                                with the positive response          What happens to your food
                                                                                from local householders
                                                                                following the introduction
                                                                                of food recycling
                                                                                                                    and green waste?
                                                                                                                       The material is sent for composting at a local facility where it
                                                                                collections across the
                                                                                                                    is converted using a process called ‘in-vessel’ composting. The
                                                                                county borough.                     collected food and grass cuttings etc is mixed and placed into

  Limousine licensing                                                              Residents have been doing
                                                                                their bit to boost recycling
                                                                                figures by collecting their food
                                                                                                                    tunnels that have a controlled environment where air-flow,
                                                                                                                    temperature and moisture content can be adjusted. This allows
                                                                                                                    the mixture to be composted correctly and all emissions from the
                                                                                waste in special caddies ready                                  enclosed tunnels are filtered. In the
   Ashley Dowling of Vegas Limos receives his licence from Cllr Lyn Ackerman.   for collection each week. The                                    future, the council may look at using
In February 2009 the council adopted a policy to                                new scheme was introduced                                        a different composting system called
licence limousines and specialist vehicles, including                           last October, along with weekly                                   anaerobic digestion. This system
converted fire engines and ambulances, that can                                  collection of green garden waste.                                 enables our food waste to be coverted
carry up to 8 passengers.                                                          This new service has been                                      into energy for heat and power as well
                                                                                extremely successful to date                                       as a very useful compost bi-product.
   It requires all licensed vehicles to be tested on a regular basis at         with an average of 180 tonnes
approved test centres. The operators of these vehicles and their drivers
also need to be licensed, and they are vetted in the same way as taxi
                                                                                being collected each week.                                       Don’t forget – you can obtain
                                                                                The changes have also lead
operators and drivers. This includes Police National Computer checks                                                                             special re-useable bags for you
                                                                                to an increase in the tonnage
for the operators and Criminal Records Bureau checks and medical
                                                                                of materials collected on the                                    grass cuttings (2 per property)
examinations for the drivers.
                                                                                weekly dry recycling scheme                                       by contacting 01443 866533.
   From 1st April 2009, this previously unlicensed method of transport
                                                                                and a dramatic reduction in the
became regulated, to ensure that the safety of the public was met. The
                                                                                quantity of waste sent to landfill
council requires a licence plate to be displayed on the outside, at the
                                                                                (approximately 8,000 tonnes p/a).
rear of all licensed vehicles, and drivers must wear a badge bearing their
                                                                                   Cllr Lyn Ackerman, cabinet
name and a recent photograph.
                                                                                member for the environment
   The council was pleased to licence its first limousine for private
hire purposes recently, operated by Vegas Limousines of Ynysddu, a              said, “I’d like to thank everyone
company run by Ashley and Terrence Dowling. When licensing the                  for their ongoing green efforts
vehicle, Ashley was offered a choice of licence plates to display on the        and it’s great to see that so
vehicle and quickly snapped up No. 007, as he said they are keen to             many people are supporting
demonstrate to the public that their vehicle really is “licensed to thrill”.    our recycling initiatives. If we
   Residents wishing to hire limousines and specialist vehicles should          continue to work together the
check to make sure they are licensed before booking. Vehicles that can          council will be well placed to
carry 9 passengers or more are licensed by the Traffic Commissioners,            achieve the 2009/10 recycling
and different conditions may apply to those operated by the council.            targets set by the Welsh
                                                                                Assembly Government.”
   For further information, contact the Licensing Section on 01495 235 420.

     Read Me, Recycle Me! // website: // e-mail: // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // p. 3
news in brief
Recruitment                               Free keys for disabled people
Focus                                  Special keys that allow                   want to take steps to remove
To make savings and                    disabled people access                    barriers facing disabled people
                                       to facilities throughout                  and improve access to local
protect front line services,
                                                                                 facilities. Providing these RADAR
fewer job vacancies will               Britain are now being
                                                                                 keys free of charge means that
appear in the local, regional          provided free of charge.                  more people will be able to enjoy
and national press.                      The council has agreed to scrap         getting out and about across the
  The cost of advertising jobs is      the charges for the RADAR keys,           county borough.”
very high and the council believes     which allow access to disabled              To request a free key, the
that in most cases it’s possible to    facilities such as public toilets and     applicant must provide evidence
attract the right calibre staff by     some public rights of way.                that they are a resident of the
putting its vacancies on its website     In the past, these keys, available      Caerphilly county borough. They or          from the Royal Association for            must also provide evidence that
by placing them in Newsline.           Disability and Rehabilitation             they are registered as disabled
  If you would like to work on         (RADAR), were sold at a cost of           by showing their registration
the Census for 2011 you can            £3.50 to residents. This charge           certificate or blue disabled
apply for current jobs online and      reflected the cost of the key to           drivers badge. Applicants are also
register your interest in other        the council.                              entitled to the key if they provide
roles at            The RADAR key can be used               evidence that they are in receipt
                                       to open disabled facilities in public     of the mobility component of the
                                       toilets, as well as the ‘kissing gates’   Disability Living Allowance.
                                       that are used within country                The keys are available from

                                       parks and on some public rights           any council cash office or
                                       of ways to prevent illegal use by         Customer First centre. If you
                                       motorbikes etc.                           have any other queries regarding

                                         Cllr Lyn Ackerman, cabinet              the keys or disability issues
                                       member for the environment                in general, please contact:
                                       welcomed the decision, “We      
Young people in the
county borough can
take advantage of free
swim sessions including
                                                                                                                               Minister visits Bargoed
canoeing, snorkelling
                                                                                                                               Exciting plans to create a new bus station
and water polo in any of
                                                                                                                               as well as a package of improvements
the council’s pools during
                                                                                                                               in Bargoed town centre have been given
the Easter break.
                                                                                                                               the green light.
  The council is taking part in the
free swim initiative, funded by the                                                                                              The Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration,
Welsh Assembly Government,                                                                                                     Jocelyn Davies, visited the new bus station site recently
which gives young people aged                                                                                                  to announce an £8.3m funding package that will help give
16 and under free entry during                                                                                                 Bargoed a major boost. Jocelyn met cabinet member
                                                                                                                               Cllr Ron Davies and local ward members to announce
the school holidays. Structured
                                                                                                                               the news.
swim sessions can be booked
through Nicola Green, telephone                                                                                                  The money will fund a range of regeneration work within
02920 869265 or contact your                                                                                                   Bargoed, including the construction of a new bus station,
                                                                                                                               improved pedestrian zones and enhanced public open
local leisure centre for opening
                                                                                                                               spaces within the main high street.
times, and any other information
about fitness activities taking

                                         Russian visitors view
place in the county borough.

Council Tax                             school success stories
Prize Draw                             A delegation of officials from Moscow visited three schools in
                                       the county borough recently to learn more about innovative
If you are liable to pay
                                       projects that are benefitting children in the area.
council tax and your
payments are up to date                  The group, consisting of government officials and education professionals, called
                                       in to St James Primary School in Caerphilly to see its ‘Flying Start’ provision, then
as of 31st March 2010,
                                       Pontllanfraith Primary to learn more about their Foundation Phase and finally on
you will be entered into
                                       to the impressive Integrated Children’s Centre in New Tredegar. The visit was              The £8.3m includes £3.2m from the European Regional
a free cash prize draw.
                                       part of a wider, week-long itinerary organised by the Welsh Assembly Government.        Development Fund and £2.5m of Targeted Match Funding
  Eleven lucky winners will win a        Cabinet member for education, Cllr Phil Bevan, said, “We were delighted
cash prize of between £100 and                                                                                                 through the Welsh Assembly Government. It is also made
                                       to host this high level visit which allowed us to forge new links and share our         up of Urban Renewal funding
£500. There are 2 prizes of £500,      experience and knowledge. We have a number of exciting projects taking place            from Caerphilly County Borough
4 prizes of £250 and 5 prizes of       across the county borough that are helping to improve standards and give our            Council as well as a Transport
£100, so it’s well worth making        pupils the best educational opportunities possible.”                                    Grant and Heads of the Valleys
sure your payments are up to             The delegation had a particular interest in the way education assessment and          programme funding which has
date! Winners will be drawn at         inspection is carried out in Wales. They visited a number of schools and education      already been secured through the
random and will be notified by          settings that showcase specific Welsh Assembly Government education policies, such       Welsh Assembly Government.
30/04/2010.                            as Foundation Phase, Welsh Baccalaureate and bilingual education provision.

p. 4   // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // website: // e-mail: // Read Me, Recycle Me!
     School solar success!                                                                    ‘Green’ schools across the area are                with the physical elements of this project,
                                                                                                                                                 but with the commitment of these schools
                                                                                              harnessing the power of the sun to
                                                                                                                                                 to working with their children to teach
                                                                                              help reduce their carbon footprint.                them about climate change,“ she said.
                                                                                                The council is working with United Welsh            The first schools to benefit from the
                                                                                              Housing Association on an ambitious Solar          project were Pontlottyn Primary, Heolddu
                                                                                              Panel installation scheme in nine local schools.   Comprehensive, White Rose Primary and
                                                                                              United Welsh have been given £317,000              Rhymney Comprehensive. Surveys for the
                                                                                              from the Welsh Assembly Government’s               remaining 5 schools are underway and all
                                                                                              Heads of the Valleys programme to pay for          installation work will be completed by April.
                                                                                              the environmentally-friendly rooftop Solar            Cllr Colin Mann, cabinet member for
                                                                                              Panels, and the scheme is proving to be a          finance, resources and sustainability, said,
                                                                                              big success.                                       “The council is committed to becoming
                                                                                                                                                 cleaner and greener, and has a 10 year
                                                                                              “The council is committed to                       Carbon Reduction Strategy aimed at reducing
                                                                                                                                                 our emissions by 45%. We are introducing
                                                                                              becoming cleaner & greener. .”                     a range of exciting measures to improve
                                                                                                                                                 efficiency across all our buildings and it’s
                                                                                                Jocelyn Davies AM, Deputy Minister for           great to see these schools are embracing
                                                                                              Housing and Regeneration visited Pontlottyn        this new technology. This latest scheme
                                                                                              Primary School recently to see their new           is an excellent example of how effective
  Pupils from Pontlottyn Primary School help celebrate the launch of the scheme.              systems in action. “I am not only impressed        partnership working can deliver real results.”

With Spring fast approaching, Trading Standards is organising
an event to raise awareness of safety in and around the
garden environment.
   Together with partner agencies, Trading Standards will host the ‘Garden Safe’ event
at Gilfach Bargoed Community Centre on Wednesday 31st March.
   The event will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm, and aims to raise awareness of issues
affecting personal and general safety in and around the garden.
   Electrical garden equipment is normally used for only a few months of the year and
may have deteriorated badly over the winter months, resulting in damage to wiring,
plugs and cords.
   People who attend the event will have the opportunity to bring along their garden
electrical equipment and have it safety tested by an electrical engineer for FREE, and
will also be given a free device for detecting unsafe electrical current.
                                                                                               Calling all volunteers!
   Also on offer will be a presentation by horticultural expert Terry Walton on
‘allotmenteering’, as well as cookery demonstrations using home grown produce.                Do you know an outstanding                         sponsored by Campaign Newspapers, is
   Information will also be available on various safety themes including safety in the sun,   volunteer who works tirelessly                     designed to reflect the vital and diverse role
slips and trips hazard awareness, crime prevention advice, poisonous plants, and advice                                                          volunteers play in supporting and contributing
on making your garden safe for pets.                                                          to help others? If so, Caerphilly
                                                                                                                                                 to the well being of the community.
For further information, please call 01495 235 291.                                           County Borough Council and GAVO
                                                                                                                                                   A special awards ceremony will take
                                                                                              would like to hear from you.                       place on Wednesday 16th June 2010
                                                                                                Nominations are now being sought for             at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s
                                                                                              this year’s Voluntary Sector Achievement           headquarters, Penallta House in Tredomen.
                                                                                              Awards, which recognise outstanding                  For nomination forms or more information
                                                                                              volunteers from across Caerphilly county           contact GAVO on 01443 863 540. Please
                                                                                              borough for the valuable work they carry           send completed forms to The Volunteer
                                                                                              out within the community.                          Centre, GAVO Offices, Unit 1A First Floor,
                                                                                                There are a number of award categories           Withey Dyffryn Court, Dyffryn Business
                                                                                              including young volunteer of the year,             Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7RJ.
                                                                                              record breaking volunteer, environmental
                                                                                              volunteer, fund raising volunteer, employer
                                                                                              supported volunteer, inspirational
                                                                                              volunteer, retired senior volunteer, practical
                                                                                              service adult volunteer and new volunteer.
                                                                                                The deadline for nominations is Friday
                                                                                              16th April and it is hoped that this year’s
                                                                                              event will once again attract worthy
                                                                                              volunteers of all ages from all walks of life.
                                                                                                Individuals or groups (where appropriate)
                                                                                              can be nominated for an award. The event,

  Read Me, Recycle Me! // website: // e-mail: // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // p. 5
news in brief
Bills and                                      Support for victims of
Council Tax bills for the
new financial year,
starting 1st April 2010,
will be posted to residents
                                               anti-social behaviour
in March, with Benefit                                                            Extra support is now                     my experience and knowledge to            “This excellent new addition to
Notification Letters being                                                        available for victims of                 working with victims and witnesses        the community safety team means
issued shortly afterwards.                                                       anti-social behaviour in                 of anti-social behaviour. I am            that we now have yet another
   If you do not receive your new                                                the area thanks to the                   pleased to be promoting their             tool in our armoury for tackling
bill, please contact the Council                                                 appointment of a dedicated               needs and look forward to seeing          anti-social behaviour in Caerphilly
Tax section on 01443 863002 or                                                   ‘Victims Champion’.                      positive results in the future.”          county borough.”
email:                                                 Lana Harrison is helping to promote     Support will be offered to victims        The post, which is being hosted by
If you do not receive your benefit                                                the needs of anti-social behaviour       should they be required to attend         the Safer Caerphilly Community
notification letter, please contact                                               victims and will co-ordinate local       court and counselling services are        Safety Partnership, forms part of the
Housing/Council Tax Benefits on                                                   services to ensure that victims and      available if appropriate. Lana can also   Home Office’s Justice Seen Justice
01443 864099 or email: benefits@                                                  witnesses receive the support and        provide practical advice on issues        Done initiative, of which Caerphilly                                                                information they need.                   such as crime prevention and making       county borough is a pioneer area.
                                                                                    Lana said, “I have worked with        homes and property more secure etc.       To contact the Victims’ Champion
                                                                                 victims of crime for a number of           Cllr Lyn Ackerman, cabinet              please call 01443 866920 or visit
                                                                                 years, so feel well placed to extend     member for the environment said,
Blackwood                                Are you ready
road closure                             for this year’s
Blackwood will soon have
a set of decorative gates at
either end of the High Street,
                                         general election?
as part of longer term                   While the date for this
plans to deter car cruisers              year’s general election
from visiting the area.
                                         is not known at the time
   For the past six months, Gwent
Police have manned the closure           of going to press, the
points each Thursday evening,            council is urging residents
which has proven successful in           not to wait until the date

                                                                                     Get active and make
deterring car cruisers. The council      has been announced
and its partners have discussed a        before they secure their
number of options on how to sustain
                                         right to vote.
this success in the longer term.

                                                                                       a ‘Change4Life’
Following consultation, it was              “The time between the election
decided that installing a ‘gate’ at      date being announced and the last
either end of the High Street to         chance to register to vote can be
restrict access to just one lane would   a matter of days,” warns Stuart
be the most favourable option.           Rosser, Chief Executive. “If you
   The gates, which will fold back       are not on the electoral register,
neatly when they are not in use,         you won’t be able to vote.”
will narrow the entrance to the             Whilst significant numbers
High Street. Only taxis, buses, blue                                             The council is backing the nationwide                         Everyone can play a part to improve
                                         of residents returned their
badge holders, authorised residents                                              ‘Change4Life’ initiative designed to                          their lifestyle in a few easy steps:
                                         Registration forms following the
and emergency services vehicles                                                  help more people get fit, healthy and
                                         annual canvass of households                                                                          ■ Introduce ‘sugar swaps’ - This is easy, just
will be allowed access on Thursday
                                         last autumn, there are some             improve their lifestyles.                                       swap food and drink with added sugar for
nights. Officers will be patrolling the
                                         households still outstanding. If           The Change4Life campaign started in 2009 and                 options that are lower in sugar or sugar-free.
area and using CCTV to prosecute
offenders who are unlawfully using       you have subsequently moved             was initially targeting young families with childen           ■ 5 A DAY - Make sure your family eat at least five
the road. Advance warning signs will     house, or your circumstances have       aged 5 -11 years. Since then the movement has                   portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day.
also be in place to warn motorists       changed, you need to inform us so       grown to include 1 - 4 years olds, new parents with           ■ Introduce ‘meal time’ - Make time for regular
of the closure. The closure will         we can maintain an accurate Register.   babies and adults aged 45-65, of which 71% are                  meals to help avoid unhealthy eating habits.
continue to be enforced from 7pm                                                 classed to be either overweight or obese                      ■ ‘Snack check’ - Set a limit on the number of
until 4am on Thursday evenings.                                                     Modern life means we lead busy lives, but are a              snacks and treats your family have each day.
                                                                                 lot less active. Many people spend their leisure time         ■ ‘Me size meals’ – Make sure children eat the
                                                                                 watching TV or playing computer games, there is                 right sized portions for their age and size.

New look
                                                                                 also so much choice of convenience food, which                ■ ‘Cut back fat’ - Take steps to eat less fat by
                                                                                 means we don’t move about as much, or eat as                    comparing food labels, swap certain foods for
                                                                                 well as we used to. As a result, 9 out of 10 children           others and change the way food is cooked.

Newsline                                                                         could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in
                                                                                 their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases
                                                                                 like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease - so
                                                                                                                                               ■ ‘60 active minutes’ - Make sure children do at
                                                                                                                                                 least 60 minutes of physical activity - like playing
A new look Newsline will                                                                                                                         outside, walking or swimming - every day.
be launched in May and the                                                       it’s really important that we do something about it.          ■ ‘Up and about’ – Do something more active.
number of editions produced              Registering to vote only takes a           Change4Life was developed in response to                     Limit ‘sitting down’ activities, like watching
each year will reduce to                 few minutes. Contact our electoral      the rise in obesity levels and aims to inspire                  TV or playing computer games.
six (bi-monthly) in line                 services section on 01443 864405 or     communities where everyone has an interest in
with the council’s ongoing                                                                        Look out for Change4Life activites in local
                                                                                 preventing people from becoming overweight by
                                                                                                                                               leisure centres, parks and countryside venues.
efforts to make savings.                 for further details.                    encouraging them to eat better and move more.

p. 6   // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // website: // e-mail: // Read Me, Recycle Me!
During the last financial
year the council spent
over £307 million
                               WHERE YOUR MONEY WAS SPENT
providing all our              Most of the council’s money in 2009/2010 was spent on our two major service areas of education and social
services. This special         services. Table 1 shows exactly how the council spends your money across its service areas. Table 2
feature shows you              breaks down the major service area budgets to show you in more detail where the money goes.
where the money came                                                                                                                            Other Including:
from and then explains                                                                                                                          Corporate Services,
                                  Table 1      Education                  Social                             Environment                        Economic Development &
how it was spent.
                                               & Leisure                  Services                           Services                           Capital Financing Costs.
“This review shows
                                               £138.2 million             £70.2 million                      £44.1 million                      £55.4 million
where the council gets
its money from and
what it spends it on,”
said cabinet member,
Cllr. Colin Mann.
“It also highlights               Table 2      Examples of Expenditure
spending on some                               Schools Budget                             £96.0m             Social Services
specific services such                         School Transport                           £6.4m                 - Children’s Services                         £19.5m
as road maintenance                            Leisure Centres                            £3.5m                 - Adult Services                              £43.0m
and shows where we                             Libraries                                  £2.9m              Waste Disposal                                   £7.2m
have spent money on                            Roads Maintenance                          £6.5m              Street Sweeping & Cleansing                      £3.0m
major capital projects                         Street Lighting                            £2.9m              Fire Service Levy                                £8.5m
like improving school                                                                                        Loan Charges                                     £16.5m
                                               Refuse Collection                          £3.0m

As well as the spending on services outlined
                                                   WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
                                                   The central government inland revenue tax system funded most of the money used to provide your
above the council has also invested resources
                                                   services in 2009/2010. It came to us in the form of the revenue support grant (64.7%) and from
in some major capital schemes. These include       business rates (14.8%). The remainder of the money needed to run services came directly through
£7.4 million improving council houses and          your local council tax (16.3%), other grants (4.0%) and a small amount from balances (0.2%).
£5 million on school buildings.                                                                           Revenue Support Grant etc.                 £199.1 million
                                                                                                          Share of Business Rates                    £45.5 million
School Buildings                  £5.0 million
                                                                                                          Council Tax                                £50.3 million
Highways Improvements             £4.8 million
                                                                                                          Use of Balances                            £0.5 million
Improving Council Houses          £7.4 million                                                            Other Grants                               £12.5 million
Renovation Grants                 £3.0 million                                                            TOTAL                                      £307.9 million

   ‘Let’s work together to build a strong budget’
                    At the time Newsline went to print,          This year the council has made a rigorous effort        nor is it about scoring political points, like every
                    the council was about to set its           to engage with the public and its employees to help       other local authority it is about managing jobs and
                    budget for 2010/11. The deputy             deal with the difficult financial projections for council   services and having the foresight to make the best
                                                               spending over the next five years, which is anticipated    use of our resources. The council is considering
                    leader of council, Cllr Colin Mann,
                                                               to see a reduction in the region of £25 million.          some radical suggestions to help reduce spending
                    called for all political parties to
                                                                 Cllr Mann said, “In order to manage this projected      over the long term and we anticipate that we will
                    work together to ensure the council
                                                               shortfall we need to ensure that prudent budget           need to reduce the work force by 300 jobs.”
                    is prepared to negotiate the tough         planning starts now. We have a duty to ensure               As part of the budget setting process, the authority
                    financial challenges that lie ahead         the public receive the services they need at a cost       was also due to set its council tax increase for
  Cllr Colin Mann   over the next 5 years.                     they can afford - this is not about party politics        2010/11 at a rate anticipated to be around 2.9%.

   Read Me, Recycle Me! // website: // e-mail: // NEWSLINE // March 2010 // p. 7
        Healthy Hearts for Hospital Workers                                                                                                                             Bwrdeistref Sirol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Calonnau Iachus i Weithwyr Ysbyty
         More than 350 workers on the site of                               Where needed, nurses were able to refer people to local                    County Borough
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mae mwy na 350 o weithwyr ar safle                                   Lle bo angen, roedd nyrsys yn medru atgyfeirio pobl i
                                                                            projects, including smoking cessation groups and gyms,                                                                                                                                                                                          brosiectau lleol, gan gynnwys grwpiau rhoi’r gorau i smygu
         Caerphilly’s new hospital have been                                and, in extreme cases, could advise them to visit their GP                                                                                                                  ysbyty newydd Caerffili wedi cael cynnig                             a champfeydd, ac mewn achosion eithriadol, yn gallu eu
         offered basic health assessments in                                or Practice Nurse for follow-up. ‘Healthier option’ posters
                                                                            were also displayed in the canteen and coffee areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        asesiadau iechyd syml mewn ymgais i                                 cynghori i ymweld â’u Meddyg Teulu neu Nyrs Practis am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ymweliad dilynol. Cafodd posteri ‘Opsiwn iachach’ eu
         a bid to promote healthier hearts.                                                                                                                                                                                                             hyrwyddo calonnau iachach.                                          harddangos hefyd yn y ffreutur a’r ardaloedd coffi.
                                                                            Gill Richardson, Director of Public Health at Aneurin Bevan
         Caerphilly Local Public Health Team carried out the health         Health Board, said: “Health assessments in the workplace                                                                                                                    Gwnaeth Tîm Iechyd y Cyhoedd Lleol Caerffili’r asesiadau             Dywedodd Gill Richardson, Cyfarwyddwr Iechyd y Cyhoedd
         assessments working in partnership with BAM Construct UK,          are not only one of the most cost effective ways of raising                                                                                                                 iechyd gan weithio mewn partneriaeth â BAM Construct                ym Mwrdd Iechyd Aneurin Bevan: “Nid yn unig mae
         the company responsible for building Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.           awareness of particular health conditions, but it can also                                                                                                                  UK, y cwmni sy’n gyfrifol am adeiladu Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.           asesu iechyd yn y gweithle yn un o’r ffyrdd mwyaf cost
                                                                            ensure that employees most at risk can seek medical                                                                                                                                                                                             effeithlon o godi ymwybyddiaeth o gyflyrau iechyd penodol,
         The mostly male construction and engineering workforce             attention in plenty of time.                                                                                                                                                Roedd y gweithlu adeiladu a pheirianneg wrywaidd yn                 gallant hefyd sicrhau fod gweithwyr sydd mewn mwyaf o
         were able to refer themselves for an appointment at the                                                                                                                                                                                        bennaf yn medru atgyfeirio’u hunain ar gyfer apwyntiad              berygl yn medru cael sylw meddygol mewn digon o amser.
         clinics; which ran two days a week on site, with nurses from       “Given that men are statistically more reluctant than                                                                                                                       yn y clinigau oedd yn rhedeg dau ddiwrnod yr wythnos ar
         the borough’s Healthy Hearts team providing cardiovascular         women to seek advice from their doctor, and the work-                                                                                                                       y safle; gyda nyrsys o dîm Calonnau Iachus y fwrdeistref             “Gan fod dynion, yn ystadegol, yn fwy amharod na menywod
         and lifestyle assessments.                                         force at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr is predominantly male, this                                                                                                                     yn darparu asesiadau cardiofasgwlaidd a dull byw.                   i gael cyngor oddi wrth eu meddyg, ac mae gweithlu Ysbyty
                                                                            project was a great way of making sure they got all the                                                                                                                                                                                         Ystrad Fawr yn wryw yn bennaf, roedd y prosiect yn ffordd
         Looking at lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet,                necessary information, guidance and even treatment they                                                                                                                     Gan edrych ar ffactorau dull byw, fel smygu, deiet, yfed            wych o sicrhau eu bod yn cael yr holl wybodaeth, arweiniad
         drinking and exercise and measuring blood pressure,                needed early on. This is important as, in the construction                                                                                                                  ac ymarfer corff a mesur pwysedd gwaed, pwysau,                     a hyd yn oed y driniaeth angenrheidiol yn gynnar. Mae hyn yn
         weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference,             industry, guidelines are in place preventing individuals                                                                                                                    Mynegai Màs y Corff (BMI) a chylchedd y wasg; nododd                bwysig oherwydd, yn y diwydiant adeiladu, mae canllawiau wedi
         the health assessments project identified individuals who           from driving, operating machinery or working from                                                                                                                           y prosiect asesu iechyd unigolion a allai fod mewn perygl           eu gosod i atal unigolion rhag gyrru, gweithredu peirianwaith
         may be at risk of long term health related conditions and          heights if their blood pressure is too high, for example.                                                                                                                   o gael cyflyrau iechyd hir dymor a dyma nhw’n darparu                neu weithio ar uchder os yw eu pwysedd gwaed yn rhy uchel
         provided advice on changes that could be made for a                It’s a physically demanding job and we need to ensure                                                                                                                       cyngor ar newidiadau allai cael eu gwneud ar gyfer dull             er enghraifft. Mae’n swydd gorfforol iawn ac mae angen i
         healthier lifestyle.                                               that workers are not putting themselves at risk.”                                                                                                                           byw iachach.                                                        ni sicrhau nad yw gweithwyr yn peryglu eu hunain.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 New course launched to help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 family carers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A free self-management course has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 been set up to help carers of family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 members with long-term illnesses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The ‘Looking After Me’ course takes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 place at Llanarth House in Newbridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and covers relaxation techniques,
           Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr                                                                             F3 is a FREE, fun programme to help                                                                                        Mae’n rhaglen hwyl, AM DDIM i helpu’ch                      dealing with tiredness, problem solving,
                                                                                                          your family become tter, healthier                                                                                           teulu i fod yn fwy heini, yn iachach ac                   coping with depression, communicating
                                                                                                          and happier!                                                                                                                                           yn hapusach!                    with family, friends and professionals,
        Do you want to know more about                                                                    F3 will help you to make small changes to                                                                                    Bydd y rhaglen yn eich helpu i wneud newidiadau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and planning for the future.

        Caerphilly’s new hospital?                                                                        your lives that will make a big, big di erence
                                                                                                          to your wellbeing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bach i’ch bywydau all wneud gwahaniaeth mawr,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mawr iawn i’ch lles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Starting on Thursday 15th April, there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 will be six weekly sessions. For more
        Hoffech chi wybod mwy am                                                                          Do you have children aged 8 to 11 years old and are                                                                          A oes plant rhwng 8 ac 11 oed gennych chi?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 information and to book a place, please
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 contact Julia Mirfin on 01495 241261 -
        ysbyty newydd Caerffili?                                                                           worried that they may be eating unhealthily, being                                                                            A ydynt yn poeni efallai eu bod yn bwyta’n               email: or Chris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Evans on 01495 241290 - email: chris.
                                                                                                          inactive and storing too much fat in their bodies?                                                                               a ach, ddim yn ddigon gweithgar ac yn
        If so come along to our next                 Os ydych, dewch ynghyd i’n cyfarfod                                                                                                                                                       storio gormod o fraster yn eu cyr ?
                                                                                                          Come along to F3 and get tips on how to eat well,
        community engagement meeting at              ymrwymiad Cymunedol nesaf                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ymdopi ag iselder ysbryd, cyfathrebu â’r
                                                                                                          move more and change bad habits into good.                                                                                 Dewch i gael awgrymiadau ar sut i fwyta’n well, sut i
        the council chamber, Penallta House,
        Ystrad Mynach on Wednesday 14th
                                                     yn siambr y cyngor, T y Penallta,
                                                     Ystrad Mynach ar Ddydd Mercher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   symud mwy a sut i newid arferion drwg mewn i rai da.          Cwrs newydd wedi                               teulu, ffrindiau a phobl broffesiynol, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chynllunio ar gyfer y dyfodol.
                                                                                                          Funded by The National Lottery through the Big
        April between 6.15pm and 8.15pm
        (refreshments from 5.45pm).
                                                     14eg Ebrill rhwng 6.15pm i 8.15pm
                                                     (lluniaeth o 5.45pm).
                                                                                                          Lottery Fund, there is no cost to attend the                                                                           Mae’r rhaglen wedi ei chyllido gan y Lotri Genedlaethol drwy    ei lansio i helpu                              Yn cychwyn Dydd Iau 15fed o Ebrill, bydd
                                                                                                          programme, but we will need to assess whether                                                                          gronfa Fawr y Lotri, a does dim cost i chi fynychu’r rhaglen,
                                                                                                          it is suitable for your child based on their age,                                                                         ond bydd angen i ni asesu os yw’n addas ar gyfer eich        gofalyddion teulu                              sesiynau bob chwech wythnos. Am fwy
        The meeting provides an opportunity          Mae’r cyfarfod yn darparu cyfle i chi                 weight and health.                                                                                                          plentyn, yn seiliedig ar eu hoedran, pwysau ac iechyd.                                                    o wybodaeth ac i archebu lle, ffoniwch
        for you to find out more about the            ddarganfod mwy am y gwasanaethau                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Julia Mirfin ar 01495 241261 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mae cwrs rheoli eich hunan am ddim
        services being planned for Ysbyty Ystrad     sy’n cael eu cynllunio ar gyfer Ysbyty               The next two F3 programmes will start after Easter                                                                                                                                                                                    e-bostiwch:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bydd y ddwy raglen nesaf yn cychwyn ar ôl Pasg 2010 ac          wedi dechrau i helpu gofalyddion
        Fawr. Following questions raised at the      Ystrad Fawr. Yn dilyn cwestiynau a godwyd            2010 and will be held at Caerphilly Leisure Centre                                                                                                                                                                                    neu Chris Evans ar 01495 241290 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mi fyddant yn cael eu cynnal yng Nghanolfan Hamdden             aelodau’r teulu sydd â salwch hir              e-bostiwch:
        first meeting, there will be a special        yn y Fforwm cyntaf, bydd cyflwyniad                   and at Cefn Hengoed Community Centre.                                                                                          Caer li a Chanolfan Gymunedol Cefn Hengoed.             dymor.
        presentation about Cardiology Services.      arbennig am Wasanaethau’r Galon.
                                                                                                          To join the F3 programme or to nd out                                                                                           I ymuno â’r rhaglen neu i ddysgu mwy,                  The Mae’r cwrs Edrych Ar Ôl Fy Hunan
        If you, or a group you belong to, wish to                         ˆ
                                                     Os ydych chi, neu gr wp rydych yn perthyn iddo, yn   more, call Sue Norey on 01495 241292                                                                                           oniwch Sue Norey ar 01495 241292 neu                                               ˆ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 yn cael ei gynnal yn Nhy Llanarth yn
        attend please contact the Involvement        dymuno mynychu cysylltwch â’r Tîm Ymglymiad                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nhrecelyn ac yn cynnwys technegau
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bwrdeistref Sirol

                                                                                                          or email:                                                County Borough
        Team on 01495 241244 / 01495 241297.         ar 01495 241244 / 01495 241297.                                                                                                                                                                                                             ymlaciol, delio â blinder, datrys problemau,

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