Castle Ward report (September 2017)

To comment on any of the items below or obtain further information, please contact Cllr Judy Rogers.

Street community and homelessness

During the summer the issues with the street community and homeless have become a real issue in the town centre and the beach. Twice I have had to call out the enforcement team to deal with tents being used on the beach. I have been keeping the Seaview Project informed as many of the ‘tent’ community use their facilities. There is no doubt the number of people on the streets is increasing due to the changes in the benefit system, mental health issues which lead to them being evicted from accommodation and many other reasons.

28 Bus

I have attended meetings about the No.28 bus with residents on the West Hill area. The bus, which was supposed to operate an hourly service, due to the issues on the Ridge and increased traffic flow around the route – not least of which is accessing and leaving the Conquest Hospital, Stagecoach could not operate the service to time and altered it to a 70 minute service. Unfortunately this was carried out with no consultation with the users and has caused some problems with people being able to access appointments at the Conquest. A team of officials are looking at the issue with accessing Conquest Hospital to see if it can be resolved which would help to gain valuable time.

Parking issues on the West Hill

Still with traffic issues parking is becoming more and more of an issue on the West Hill so I, along with Godfrey as the County Councillor, are working with residents in Alpine, Gordon and Plynlimmon Roads about the possibility of introducing a residents permit parking zone. This will also have a knock on effect with Priory Road and also Collier Road but clearly some action needs to be taken. We had the example of a resident who has mobility issues arriving home mid evening having to park in Vicarage Road. He was not able to walk back to his home on Gordon Road so had to phone for a taxi. This is clearly unacceptable so we are also organizing a disabled bay outside of his residence. There are already problems with the residents parking in Milward Road which has had a knock on effect with St Marys and Manor Road.

St Andrews Square

St Andrews Square had another HMO application approved last week at Planning. This has highlighted the fact that there are a number of properties in the square who are not registered but are acting as HMOs so myself and the Chair of STAR are looking to involve the housing team to ensure that they become registered so that the number of HMOs can be controlled properly.