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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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Communities in Ceredigion will get extra support

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COMMUNITIES in Ceredigion will get extra support as they take part in a census rehearsal The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Ceredigion residents help rehearse the census this October.

Ceredigion was chosen as one of just four areas for the census rehearsal, which will enable the ONS to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.

David Lloyd Roberts, the area’s census engagement manager, will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the county to raise awareness of the census rehearsal and the value to local residents in taking part.

David, who grew up on a hill farm in Pontrhydfendigaid studied history and Welsh history at Aberystwyth University before embarking on a career within the community as a trading standards officer. He went on to manage the local authority’s trading standards, licensing and community warden functions.

He said: “I’ve worked in local government in Ceredigion for over 34 years and served as a school governor for 10 years, so I like to think I know the area and its people well.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to work with community groups and residents to test out the processes to make sure everything works as well as possible and to help ensure everyone in Ceredigion get their voices heard.”

People in each of the rehearsal areas, Ceredigion, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Carlisle, will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.

The rehearsal will be primarily online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this year.

Director of census operations, Pete Benton, said: “The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas.

“As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly.

“The people of Ceredigion who take part will all be helping to ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census.”

The ONS’s recommendations for the next census were published in a government White Paper in December 2018.

The 2021 Census will, for the first time, collect information on veterans of the UK Armed Forces. This enables monitoring of the Armed Forces covenant – the deal between the country and those who served it.

And it is proposed that there will also be a new voluntary question on sexual orientation for those aged 16 and over. In addition to the usual question on being male or female, there will also be a voluntary question on gender identity for those aged 16 and over.

Everyone across the UK, including those living outside of the four rehearsal areas will be asked to take part in the actual census in 2021. More information will be made available nearer the time.

Community leaders in and around Ceredigion can find out more about the rehearsal by calling David on 07458109340 or emailing david.roberts01@field.census.gov.uk.

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Chairman’s contribution to local charity

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Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris presenting a cheque of £400 to Elin Vaughan-Miles, Lampeter Family Coordinator.

AS Councillor Hag Harris’ year as Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for 2018-2019 draws to a close, the Chairman’s Annual Dinner was held. During the evening, donations were received supporting the charity of the Chair’s choice, which was Lampeter Family Centre.

Lampeter Family Centre is open five days a week to all families with children under the age of 11 years old. It is a free, open access environment which provides a service to families in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment.

The centre offers a variety of sessions throughout the week including baby group, lunch club, language and play sessions for parents and toddlers. They also offer free play sessions, craft activities and ‘Out and About’ sessions which promotes the services on offer in the community.

Councillor Hag Harris presented a cheque of £400 for Lampeter Family Centre and said, “It is a pleasure to present this money to a truly deserving charity. Lampeter Family Centre is a fantastic support service for families with young children. It is a great resource and benefit for the community.”

The Centre also offers a variety of courses for parents to gain new skills, including Welsh lessons to help families who have recently moved to the area to integrate into the community. Over the last year, the Centre has supported 102 families.

Lampeter Family Centre is situated at Canolfan Dulais, Pontfaen Road in Lampeter. For more information, phone 01570 423847 or email lampeterfamilycentre@gmail.com.

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Beach clean up by Aberaeron Community Ambassadors

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Aberaeron Community Ambassadors after the clean-up at Aberaeron beach.

ON Tuesday 26 March, Aberaeron Community Ambassadors organised and hosted a beach clean at Aberaeron beach during their lunch hour. Whilst carrying out the clean-up, the young people had the opportunity to learn about looking after the environment around them.

Aberaeron Community Ambassadors is made up of Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron pupils and members of Aberaeron Youth Club. The group is part of Ceredigion Youth Service and is led by young volunteers and local young people.

School-based Youth Worker at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, Rebeca Davies said, “The ambassadors did a great job organising and hosting their first community project, which was well planned and executed. It’s fantastic to see that our young people are so eager to get involved and give up their time for the benefit their local communities. Well done to Aberaeron Community Ambassadors!”

The recently established group now has 20 members aged between 11-18. Its aim is to organise and undertake activities and events which will benefit the community around Aberaeron.

Thomas Evans, Head Boy at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron and Young Volunteer with Ceredigion Youth Service said, “We had a great time litter picking at our local beach. It was a really good opportunity to give something back to the community, and that is the aim of the group. The group is looking forward to our next project.”

Ceredigion Youth Service is the designated Service for young people aged 11-25 in Ceredigion, dedicated to supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development through specialised support and open access provision. For more information or to find out what opportunities are available to you, head over to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages at @GICeredigionYS or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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