For the person who asked in the comments about the canoe landing stage - your wish is my command! This was also covered at the meeting. There's been a lot of work there between various agencies. The town council are planning to put the fishing platform back as soon as they agree with Welsh Water about exactly where to put it - because Welsh Water have a pipe coming out in that general area, and don't want it interfered with. Slips have been taken of the willow trees that have been cut down, and these will be replanted along the bank to stabilise it, so trees with the same genetic stock will continue to grow there. They will be putting a notice up shortly about what exactly is going on there.
The chestnut trees are quite safe!
Sadly, someone has vandalised the digger down there, by breaking its windows, so that was one extra crime for January to be reported to the policemen at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the council have finally been given their blanket dispensation from the legal department of the County Council, so they can actually talk about the development plans around the school and community centre! Unfortunately, this very quickly degenerated into squabbling - though I do think it is unfair to blame Plan B for the lack of progress on getting a new school, when the lack of progress on getting a new school has been going on for twenty years.
It appears that the County Council's grand plans are somewhat in disarray. The plan for the area's primary schools has slowed down, with Llanigon being given a reprieve from closure because there was nowhere to move the children on to yet, and Clyro is being practically rebuilt rather than refurbished because they had to use the money they'd been granted somewhere within the financial year - which means that Hay remains just as it was, with no change.
The developer who had the grand scheme to build school, community centre, and care home around the doctor's surgery (and on one of the football pitches) has reportedly put in new plans for consideration, but nobody knew what they were.
And meanwhile there's a whole new spanner in the works in the form of the O2 phone mast. Although they say they have looked at alternative locations for the mast, these are apparently unsuitable, so they will be building on Forest Road as originally intended. Gareth Ratcliffe will be writing to the National Parks and the Planning people about the proximity of the mast to the school, as it seems it was marked wrongly on the plans when planning permission was given.