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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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Green Party call for free bus services

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COUNCILS and political parties in Ceredigion are being urged to unite in a radical initiative to help counter the climate emergency by making the county the first in Britain to offer completely free – and more frequent – bus services.

Backers of the Ceredigion Green Party plan say it would slash carbon emissions and cut air-pollution by drastically reducing the number of cars on Ceredigion’s roads, while stimulating efforts to create a greener economy by making it free, and easy, for workers – especially the lower-paid – to get to and from jobs.

The scheme would follow the example of Dunkirk in northern France, where, a year after public transport was made free, a study has found 85 per cent of residents now use the region’s ticketless buses. Car parks have emptied, and poorer residents say it’s now easier to socialise and take advantage of entertainment and cultural activities. The region has a fleet of environment-friendly express buses running every 10 minutes throughout the day.

Greens want the county council to coordinate efforts to investigate sources of funding for the scheme, which it believes could be a pilot project for other counties.

Green Party election candidate Chris Simpson said:

“Climate emergency declarations by governments and councils often don’t go much beyond words. But here’s a way to make a real difference, and at the same time show that we recognise that efforts to lessen the effects of climate-breakdown, and to stop damage to biodiversity, will mean big changes in the ways our society functions.

“However, the beauty of this scheme is that it doesn’t make things harder but improves our quality of life. The experience of the T-buses in Ceredigion, which are free at weekends, shows how well-used buses are when there’s no charge. Make them free all the time, and frequent, and their popularity will soar, bringing so many climatic, social and economic gains.”

Funding, the party suggests, would come from central and local government and perhaps a levy on other public bodies and companies with substantial numbers of employees.

Dunkirk took its inspiration from Tallinn, Estonia, where public transport is free, and Luxembourg, where bus, train and tram fares are being scrapped as part of an environmental push.

At the same time, Greens are demanding HS2 be abandoned in favour of “a local transport revolution”, warning the planned £88 billion rail line would destroy dozens of ancient woodlands and biodiversity and take, by HS2’s own admission, 120 years to become carbon-neutral. Instead, the party wants decarbonisation focused on electrification of existing lines.

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Conservative Candidate highlights concerns over large-scale wind farms

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EARLIER this year, the Welsh Government published its Draft National Development Framework (NDF) setting the direction for development in Wales. Within the NDF there is a section dedicated to ‘Energy’ development.

The Welsh Government are proposing “large scale wind and solar development to be directed towards Priority Areas for Wind and Solar Energy”.

Over a dozen areas have been identified throughout Wales and two of these priority areas cover large sections of Ceredigion.

According to the document, there will be a presumption in favour of “large scale on-shore wind and solar energy development in these areas, and an acceptance of landscape change.”

Amanda Jenner told The Ceredigion Herald: “Like many people, I’m passionate about protecting our environment and I fully recognise the importance of tackling climate change. However, I am seriously concerned about the huge pylons that could be needed to connect the electricity to the grid. These proposals do not consider the impact on the tourism sector!”

“Tourism is highly important to Ceredigion’s economy and it includes many agricultural businesses that have diversified into this sector, a trend that is likely to continue. The Labour run Welsh Government must consider how large-scale energy developments will impact Ceredigion’s tourism industry.”

Decisions on large-scale energy developments will not be made under the usual Local Authority Planning processes. Rather, Welsh Government Ministers in Cardiff will decide whether to approve such developments, under the Developments of National Significance process.

Amanda further added: “The top down nature of these proposals is worrying! The fact that tourism hasn’t been fully taken into account nor the disruption of large areas of peat, which may be hugely important to the ecology of an area, shows just how far removed the Labour run Welsh Government are from us.”

“The considerable additional powers which Welsh Labour Ministers are accruing for themselves, undermine local democracy. At the very least, despite being decided by Ministers in Cardiff, the Welsh Government must ensure thorough local community engagement and consultation. It is essential that there is a clear process and communities must be given ample notice of planning applications, in order to assess the wider implications and impacts on their communities.”

The Conservative Candidate has urged the Labour run Welsh Government to follow the example of the Conservative Government in Westminster and to launch a review in to the impact of wind farms.

Amanda said: “I urge the labour run Welsh Government in Cardiff to follow this sensible decision by the Conservative Government and to launch a similar review in Wales”.

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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