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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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Workshop held on Ceredigion’s economic future

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A WORKSHOP was held for Elected Members on Thursday, March 8, to discuss Ceredigion’s Economic Future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working could look like in the future.

With an introduction and background to Growing Mid Wales by Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council, Eifion Evans, Ceredigion’s Economic Future Members Workshop proceeded to discuss partnership working with the organisations. Aberystwyth University, Qinetiq Group PLC, West Wales Airport Ltd, Thales Group and Volac International Ltd were in attendance talking about future investment opportunities and outlining significant plans in the county for growth.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership and Ceredigion County Council Leader, said: “Holding this workshop and working together with some of the county’s organisations shows the strong position that we are in to develop. I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting developments of Growing Mid Wales in the coming years and particularly so in terms of longer term prospects. The workshop was very important for Members in making them aware of these opportunities and the session was welcomed by all who attended.”

Significant opportunities were recognised as the Mid Wales region starts to develop its response to the Government on the possibilities for a Growth Deal.

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Council services returning to normal

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WITH the snow and ice thawing across Ceredigion, Council services are returning to normal after wintry weather, but weather conditions continue to affect some services.

Council workers have recently spread 1,560 tons of grit on the roads and have carried out seven continuous 12 hour shifts. Council vehicles responding to the wintry weather have travelled approximately 10,100 miles. The B4343 has now reopened.

All waste collection teams were deployed today (5 March), however access issues in some locations may impact on the ability to provide a full service. Information on any waste service disruption can be found at http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/bins-recycling/recycling-bin-collection-dates/waste-disruptions/ or by contacting 01545 572 572.

The Council’s Household Waste sites have reopened. It is likely all waste services will be functioning as usual during the first half of the week.

Councillor Ray Quant MBE, the Cabinet member responsible for Technical Services said, “Council staff have been out in all conditions and every hour throughout the day and night to keep Ceredigion residents safe. The outstanding teamwork and dedication shown during the adverse weather situation is to be highly commended and I’m sure everyone is very grateful for their work. It’s also important to keep in mind that the planning work that was carried out before the weather hit Ceredigion has allowed staff to prioritise and uses resources effectively for maximum impact.”

Ysgol Bro Teifi remains closed today due to water supply disruption. Pupils and staff from Rhos-y-wlad Campus, Ysgol Rhoshelyg will transfer to Llangeitho Campus for a few days due to water leakage. Dihewyd School and Canolfan Aeron sent pupils home due to water supply disruption. Every other school in Ceredigion has reopened after being closed on Thursday and Friday (01 and 02 March 2018) due to wintry weather.

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Christmas Card Competition

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The Ceredigion Herald Christmas Card competition is open to pupils aged up to age 11 and attends a school within Ceredigion.

  • The design must be on a piece of A5 paper, either landscape or portrait
  • Only pencils or felt tip pens are to be used.
  • Computer generated work is also acceptable.
  • Materials including glue, glitter or cotton wool should not be used.
  • Please write the pupil’s name, age and school on the back of their picture.

Prize: 100 Christmas Cards (Inc Envelopes) of your design for you to send to friends and family. Also you will receive a Christmas party for up to 50 guests which will include Bouncy Castle, Disco, Ice Cream Van as well as a visit from Santa with a gift for each guest.

To Enter: Please send entries by email to cardcomp@herald.email and include (Ceredigion Herald Card Comp in the subject line or by post to The Ceredigion Herald, 11 Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3AL. Entries will need to be in before Friday 24th November 2017.

Terms and Conditions

In entering the competition you automatically agree to the Rules of Entry. The competition is open to children up to the age of 11 years old. The competition is only open to residents who attend Schools within Ceredigion.

Entries will be publicised in The Ceredigion Herald and online as well as the appropriate sponsor’s websites from 25th November 2017 for 7 Days, members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite.

Three finalists will be selected per area and the overall winner will be chosen by a judging panel made up of Herald Staff. The decision of the judges is final.

Entries cannot be returned and become the property of The Ceredigion Herald. Entrants transfer all of their ownership rights (including all copyright) of their designs to The Ceredigion Herald.

The Ceredigion Herald reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if they have reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the Rules. (NB: All competitions are not open to member of staff or their immediate family)

Entries may be published within The Ceredigion Herald as well as online. The overall winner will be published within The Herald that covers your region and will also be asked to attend a winners’ presentation.

The winners will be notified after Saturday 1st December 2017. The winners’ name will be displayed on The Ceredigion Herald website and on the winning cards when printed.

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