Welcome to the 3rd Chairs Blog. We start off this edition with some good news, our community development team were recently awarded third place in the Cwm Taf Health Board Crystal Trophy awards. The award was for our family engagement project working with adults and children to assist them to get more active as a family by using free activities as well as eating healthier using our slow cooker project. The award came with a financial award which will enable the team to run another project in the autumn so keep an eye out on social media and the website for start dates for the project.
- On the 30th of May we held the official opening of our latest development at Railway Close in Aberfan. You may recall last month I discussed the issues that the tenants living in Taff and Crescent Street had been facing for many years and this new development of 23 homes was to re-house those tenants moving out of Taff and Crescent Street. It was lovely to meet so many of the tenants and hear stories of how long many had lived in their previous homes and how they were finding it living in their new homes. The development was officially opened by the mayor Clive Tovey and after a few ceremonial photos many of the congregation re-gathered at Trinity chapel for refreshments.
- The former colliery site in Aberfan will soon start its journey into 110 high quality homes to appeal to buyers at all stages of the property ladder as well as 43 affordable homes available through Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association taking the combined total to 153 new homes. These properties will replace the properties which are now vacant in Taff and Crescent Street. The properties will come to Merthyr Housing in a phased handover and the properties will be advertised via the local housing allocations policy through the living Merthyr website. The first properties due to come to Merthyr Housing will be in 2019 so keep an eye out for further updates on MTHA’s website and social media sites. https://www.livingmerthyrtydfil.org.uk/
- This month Board paid particular attention and focussed questions on Fire Risk Assessments and the issues that had affected these. Board were satisfied with the explanations given and asked that their thanks be passed to the team for all their hard work in improving the number of asbestos surveys undertaken.
I hope you found this of interest and I hope to meet some of you soon as I attend different events going forward.