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Mae’n rhaid i Gynghorau Sir ystyried effaith polisïau ar yr iaith Gymraeg

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Polisi’r Cyngor cynllunio: F flatiau un ystafell, y genhedlaeth nesaf!

Polisi’r Cyngor cynllunio: F flatiau un ystafell, y genhedlaeth nesaf!

DYDY CYNGHORAU sir ddim wedi newid y ffordd maen nhw’n trin y Gymraeg wrth ymdrin â cheisiadau cynllunio, er gwaethaf newid diweddar i’r gyfraith, yn ôl canlyniadau arolwg gan Gymdeithas yr Iaith.

O’r cynghorau sir a ymatebodd i ymholiad y Gymdeithas ynglŷn â’r ffordd maen nhw’n addasu eu polisïau cynllunio yn sgil pasio Deddf Cynllunio ym mis Mai eleni, nid oedd yr un cyngor bwriadu, nag yn cynllunio i, newid eu hymdriniaeth o’r iaith. Mae’r ddeddf yn gwneud y Gymraeg yn ystyriaeth berthnasol statudol i’r system gynllunio am y tro cyntaf erioed, gan roi grym statudol i gynghorwyr wrthod neu ganiatáu datblygiadau ar sail eu heffaith ar yr iaith. Bydd rhaid hefyd i’r gyfundrefn yn ei chyfanrwydd hybu datblygu cynaliadwy, sydd yn cynnwys ystyriaeth o anghenion y Gymraeg. Mae’r ddeddfwriaeth hefyd yn ei gwneud yn ofynnol i awdurdodau wneud asesiad o effaith eu cynlluniau datblygu ar yr iaith yn y tymor hir.

Mae canllawiau cynllunio’r Llywodraeth yn nodi bod modd i awdurdodau ail-ystyried eu cynlluniau datblygu os oes newid mawr i bolisi neu ddeddfwriaeth genedlaethol. Mewn ymateb, dywedodd Cyngor Conwy eu bod yn ystyried “bod y Cynllun Datblygu Lleol eisoes yn bodloni gofynion y Bil Cynllunio o ran y Gymraeg, ac felly mae’n annhebygol y byddai angen adolygiad ar y sail hon”. Dywedodd Cyngor Sir Ceredigion “nid yw’r rheidrwydd newydd sydd yn y Ddeddf yn peri bod angen adolygu’r CDLl yn gynharach” ac mae Cyngor Bro Morgannwg yn aros am ganllawiau pellach gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Dywedodd Cyngor Wrecsam bod gyda nhw “Nodyn Canllaw Cynllunio Lleol yn barod o ran cynllunio a’r iaith Gymraeg sydd i’w gael ar ein gwefan sy’n nodi pa wybodaeth rydym ei angen fel rhan o unrhyw ymgais a lle mae’r Gymraeg yn ystyriaeth berthnasol”.

Daw’r newyddion wrth i Gymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg gyhoeddi dogfen polisi ar faes yr Eisteddfod ynghylch sicrhau bod y stoc tai presennol yn cyfrannu at y nod o atal yr allfudiad a chreu miliwn o siaradwyr Cymraeg. Ymysg y siaradwyr yn y lansiad bydd cynrychiolwyr o’r mudiad sy’n ymgyrchu dros hawliau pobl ifanc yng Ngheredigion i dai , ‘Ble ti’n mynd i fyw?’ a chynrychiolydd o Shelter Cymru.

Wrth siarad cyn y lansiad ar y maes, rhybuddiodd Tamsin Davies llefarydd cymunedau cynaliadwy Cymdeithas yr Iaith, nad oedd cyrff yn paratoi ar gyfer y newidiadau: “Mae ymatebion y cynghorau yn awgrymu bod dim wedi newid yn sgil y ddeddfwriaeth. Mae angen i’r Llywodraeth a’r cynghorau weithredu’n gyflym er mwyn sicrhau bod symud ymlaen i weithredu’r newidiadau pwysig a cafwyd drwy’r ddeddfwriaeth. Mae angen amserlen gan y Llywodraeth o ran dod ag adrannau’r ddeddfwriaeth sy’n ymwneud a’r iaith i rym – ydyn nhw’n bwriadu ei weithredu cyn yr etholiadau fis Mai nesaf? Neu ydyn nhw’n mynd i lusgo eu traed?

“Mae nifer o gynghorau dan yr argraff bod modd iddyn nhw barhau yn yr un ffordd ag o’r blaen, ond dylen nhw fod yn paratoi a phwyso ar y Llywodraeth am arweiniad. Mae’r newid yn y gyfraith yn creu cyfle i gynghorau weithredu’n flaengar o blaid y Gymraeg. Fel mae pethau, mae perygl y bydd y sefyllfa yn arwain at ddryswch a llanast, fel mae profiad yng Ngheredigion yn dangos. Yn syth wedi pasio’r ddeddfwriaeth fe ysgrifennon ni at y Llywodraeth i ofyn beth oedd eu cynlluniau i sicrhau bod cynghorau yn derbyn arweiniad, ond nid oes cynlluniau clir ganddyn nhw i ddiweddaru’r canllawiau.”

Ddechrau Gorffennaf, pleidleisiodd cynghorwyr Ceredigion dros gadw at bolisi sy’n golygu bod angen asesu effaith iaith ar rai datblygiadau unigol nad ydynt yn y Cynllun Datblygu Lleol: polisi sy’n groes i gyngor technegol cenedlaethol ar gynllunio – TAN20. Rhybuddiodd swyddogion y cyngor nad oes sicrwydd bod penderfyniad cyngor i gadw at y polisi yn gyfreithlon.

Ychwanegodd Ms Davies: “Er bod swyddogion Cyngor Ceredigion wedi dweud bod polisi eu cynghorwyr yn mynd yn groes i ganllawiau presennol, TAN20, pe na bai’r Cyngor yn gofyn am asesiad effaith iaith ar ddatblygiadau o’r fath, gallai’r Cyngor fod yn agored i her gyfreithiol oherwydd bod y Gymraeg yn ystyriaeth berthnasol i ddatblygiad penodol. Felly mae TAN20 a’r ddeddfwriaeth newydd yn gwrthddweud ei gilydd.”

Wrth sôn am alwad y mudiad am Fesur Cartrefi Fforddiadwy i Bawb, ychwanegodd: “Er y dylai’r Gymraeg, yn y pendraw, fod yn fwy o ystyriaeth yn y gyfundrefn gynllunio yn sgil y Ddeddf Cynllunio, os yw’r Gymraeg i ffynnu am y blynyddoedd i ddod, mae angen mynd i’r afael â defnydd o’r stoc tai presennol. Mae’n glir bod costau tai a rhentu yn rhai o’r ffactorau sy’n cyfrannu at allfudo a symudoledd poblogaeth – patrymau sydd, ar y cyfan, yn niweidiol iawn i’r Gymraeg. Felly mae angen ymdrech i wneud y stoc tai’n fwy fforddiadwy.”

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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School nativity – danger in the manger?

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IT’S the time of year when every parent enjoys watching their little darlings perform in the school nativity play. It used to be that the show was documented by hundreds of proud parents snapping away on their cameras, but more recently school politics and privacy issues have come into play, with some schools ruling that it is unacceptable to take pictures or videos of the show.

But what is the legal position when it comes to videos and photographs of school events? Are schools able to impose a blanket ban? If you ignore the school’s photography policy, what legal action can they take against you? And if another parent shares a group shot featuring your child, without permission, can you force them to take it down.

Anthony Di Palma, Solicitor at DAS Law, looks at the photographic minefield that is the school nativity play for The Herald.

My child’s school has a photography policy which states that there is a blanket ban on taking photos at the nativity play. Is this legal?

Any owner of private property may restrict the use of photography or video equipment on the premises. If ignored, you may be asked to leave and may be deemed to be trespassing if you refuse.

I signed my child’s schools consent form stating I won’t take any photos. What legal ramifications will I face should I choose to ignore the policy?

The consent form is unlikely to be legally enforceable as a contract if there is no financial loss to the school, and there are no laws generally against taking photographs of your own or other people’s children as long as the photographs are not deemed ‘indecent’, or are likely to have the effect of harming or harassing the children.

Are there any laws against sharing group shots of my child’s nativity play photos online? 

As a best practice, it is advisable that parents should avoid sharing photographs of children without obtaining prior consent of that child’s parent or guardian. However, as long as the photographs are not deemed ‘indecent’, or are likely to have the effect of harming or harassing them, then there is nothing legally stopping you from doing so.

What legal action can I take against people that share group photos of the school nativity play on social media that include my child without my permission?

You can ask the person to remove the photograph, however if they refuse there is no realistic legal action you can take. Privacy laws under the Human Rights Act cannot be enforced against other private individuals and unless you own the copyright in the photograph, or the image is offensive or indecent, then the social media site has no obligation to remove that photo if it is reported to them.

If I blur out other children’s faces can I share school play photos online?

You don’t have to blur out children’s faces in order to share them online, as the Data Protection Act doesn’t apply to photographs taken for private use and which do not identify the child (i.e. name them). However, if you would be concerned about images of your own child appearing without your permission, blurring out other children’s faces may be a sensible step to take.

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Aberaeron: Playing field gains Centenary Field status

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THE PARK known as Square Field in the centre of Aberaeron has been designated a Centenary Field and named as Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron.

In gaining the Centenary Field status, the field will be protected in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in the First World War. Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron is the first Centenary Field in Ceredigion.

Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Paul Hinge said, “I am delighted that Aberaeron Town Council’s application to dedicate this fantastic green space as a Centenary Field has been accepted by Fields in Trust, and that the County Council was able to support it. It pays an important tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War, including many young Ceredigion men went to war and didn’t return.

This has been an interesting journey and one that as the Armed Forces Champion and a veteran, I am proud to support.”

A plaque commemorating the status was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

The Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member, Councillor Elizabeth Evans, said, “Aberaeron residents are rightly proud of Cae Sgwâr’s new status as the designated Centenary Field of Ceredigion, it has a proud history of being the towns recreational field and there isn’t one community in Ceredigion whose children haven’t played on it at some point. It is a fitting commemoration in this hundredth anniversary year of the ending of the First World War and as we remember the past, we also look to the future and Cae Sgwar’s newly protected status in perpetuity as a recreational field, thanks to the Centenary Field Trust.”

A short ceremony was held to unveil the plaque where Miss Edwards, Councillor Hinge and Councillor Evans spoke alongside Ceredigion County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Hag Harris and the Fields in Trust Chairman, Brynmor Williams.

David Lewis, Aberaeron Branch of The Royal British Legion; Miss Elin Jones AM; Councillor Hag Harris, Ceredigion County Council Chairman; Councillor Paul Hinge, Ceredigion County Council Armed Forces Champion; Councillor Elizabeth Evans, Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member; Miss Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed; John Lewis, Aberaeron Town Improvement Committee; Carwyn Lloyd-Jones, The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet; Robin Williams, Fields in Trust; Brynmor Williams, Fields in Trust Chairman; Alun Williams, Ceredigion County Council Corporate Lead Officer for Policy and Performance; Huw Evans, Aberaeron Memorial Hall Committee.

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