In Your Area

In addition to my overarching work – scrutinising the Welsh Government’s work on behalf of all residents of the Cynon Valley – many residents like to know what work I’ve carried out within their local community. Here are a selection of my activities based on Council wards. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Aberaman North

Worked closely with local councillors and RCT Council to support residents affected by flooding.

Formally opposed housing development on former Blaengwawr school site. Worked with local residents and Councillors to voice their concerns. Continuing to work with local residents to ensure the scheme impacts as little as possible on their quality of life.

Supporting Aberaman based ‘Aberdare Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care’.

Ongoing campaign to secure the adoption of Gasworks Road.

Raised concerns over the safety of pedestrian crossing points on the A4059.

 

Aberaman South

Working closely with local Councillors and RCT Council Planning Department to progress schemes to protect residents of Abercwmboi from further flooding.

Supported the construction of 50% Welsh Government funded 21st Century School in Cwmaman.

Working closely with RCT Council, the Coal Authority and Coal Products Limited to resolve a range of immediate problems on the Phurnacite land, as well as working towards a long term plan for redevelopment which would benefit the area economically and environmentally.

Worked with Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the private sector, local businesses and Cwmaman Arts Centre to help secure a viable future for Cwmaman Institute.

Supporting local businesses with grant funding applications.

 

Abercynon

Working closely with local Councillors and RCT Council to try and encourage the owners of private derelict land to develop these plots, and worked closely with Welsh Government to bring forward the ‘Vacant Land Tax’ which will impose financial penalties on such landowners.

Supported Abercynon based Cynon Valley Organic Adventures with a range of grant funding applications, and volunteered with them to distribute food parcels to those in need during the Covid pandemic.

Worked closely with local Councillors to ensure Transport for Wales maintains its land around River Row in a manner which helps reduce flood risk to homes.

Campaigned for Welsh Government’s ‘Supporting People’ funding to be ring-fenced, which is used to finance a homelessness project in St Martin’s Close.

Alongside local Councillors and RCT Council, secured resolution of breaches of planning conditions by Trade Centre Wales.

 

Aberdare East

Helped secure lottery funding for St Elvan’s Community Heritage Project and St Mair’s ‘Cynon Linc’ inter-generational community facility.

Supported the creation of Aberdare Business Improvement District (BID), and liaise with it, the Town Centre Forum and Aberdare Business and Tourism Association (ABTA) on issues relating to town centre regeneration, town centre trading and town centre events.

Supported the redevelopment of the former Boot hotel, Black Lion Hotel and NatWest bank sites, using Welsh Government funding.

Supported Cynon Valley Museum with a range of projects.

Working with RCT Council to explore a range of potential options for the regeneration of Cardiff Road retail units.

 

Aberdare West and Llywdcoed

Helped secure Welsh Government investment towards £4.5 million expansion of provision at YGG Aberdar.

Helped secure £3.9 million funding for expansion of Robertstown Industrial Estate.

Helped secure £1 million investment in Dare Valley Country Park through the Welsh Government’s Valleys Regional Park initiative.

Helped Friends of Aberdare Park, of which I am a proud Patron, with their successful bid for a splash pad, set to open by summer 2021.

Supported expansion and development of Bryn Pica Eco Park.

 

Cilfynydd

Represented the concerns of parents and pupils regarding the 2018/19 reorganisation proposals for Cilfynydd, Pont Sion Norton and Pontypridd High schools.

Worked with local children to re-design Oaklands play area, making it inclusive.

Supported ‘Welsh Hearts’ campaign to install a defibrillator at Cilfynydd Community Centre.

Helped Cilfynydd Community Centre with applications for funding.

Supported residents in raising concerns related to temporary closure of GP surgery.

 

Cwmbach

Campaigning to reopen the Abernant Tunnel, linking Cwmbach to Merthyr, as an Active Travel route and draw for tourism.

Helped secure Welsh Government money under the Resilient Roads Fund for £400,000 flood alleviation scheme at Canal Road, which will protect a number of key local businesses.

Successfully lobbied for Persimmon Homes to complete the play area promised 10 years ago at their Coed Dyffryn/Tir Founder fields development, and continuing to fight for Persimmon to bring the estate up to adoptable standard.

Worked with pupils at Cwmbach Church in Wales Primary and RCT Council to progress a range of road safety measures.

Secured installation by Openreach of Superfast Broadband for the Coed Dyffryn/Tir Founder fields development.

 

Glyncoch

Formally opposed extension of Craig yr Hesg quarry and worked with local Councillor to represent concerns of community, resulting in RCT planning turning down expansion application.

Worked with RCT Council to make Cefn Lane play area inclusive by creating a footpath that is suitable for wheelchair users.

Strong working relationship with Craig Yr Hesg school, bringing the Education Minister to visit and witness its excellent teaching and learning practices.

Supported young people engaged with RCT YEPS based at Glyncoch Youth Club.

 

Hirwaun

Supported the construction of the new Primary School for Hirwaun, 65% funded by the Welsh Government.

Championed dualling of Sections 5 and 6 of the A465 to Hirwaun on both safety and economic grounds. Also called for local spend and delivery of community improvements to be additional benefits of this £400 million project.

Working with Transport for Wales and RCT Council to explore a range of options for extending the railway line to Hirwaun.

Working with residents of Cae Felin Parc to establish a Flooding Support Group and Working with NRW and RCTCBC to explore a range of potential schemes to protect homes in Cae Felin Parc from future flooding.

Fighting to get Persimmon Homes to bring the Springfield Gardens and Denbeigh Court developments up to adoptable standard.

 

Mountain Ash East

Secured £4.1m funding from Welsh Government towards cost of Cross Valley Link.

Helped local residents affected by anti-social behaviour around the former Mountain Ash Hospital Site.

Championed the work of the ‘First Give’ charity initiative at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, and hosted the UK ‘First Give’ Awards at the Senedd.

Supported residents of Cardiff Road, organising a multi-agency approach to tackle repeated contraventions of the Construction Site Agreement by Persimmon Homes.

Supported Seren Fach Meithrin with a range of grant funding applications.

 

Mountain Ash West

Secured £4.1m funding from Welsh Government towards cost of Cross Valley Link.

Worked closely with local councillors to secure Welsh Government funding for new £4 million Mountain Ash Primary Care Centre.

Supported the creation of Mountain Ash Community Hub.

Supported the redevelopment of former disused Trading Post Antiques sites on Oxford Street using over £700,000 of Welsh Government funding.

Helped bring together key stakeholders to enable the reopening of Gwernifor Park Paddling Pool.

 

Penrhiwceiber

Organised an anti-poverty event bringing together key stakeholders from Welsh Government, RCT Council, housing associations, schools and community groups. Various initiatives have arisen out of this.

Regularly provide support to volunteers running Lee Gardens Paddling Pool, including building links between project and British Gas which secured funding and a range of practical help.

Promoted Pengeulan Primary School’s mission to reduce plastic waste, arranging for Welsh Government Deputy Minister Hannah Blythyn and ambassadors from the Refill scheme to meet with pupils.

Supporting ASD Rainbows, a voluntary organisation offering assistance to children and young people with autism and their families.

Backed campaign to install a blue plaque commemorating Penrhiwceiber-born George Hall, the ‘pit-boy peer’.

 

Penywaun  

Supporting Coalfields Regeneration Trust with their plans for a Resource & Training Centre at the former Cana Centre.

Worked for expansion of School Holiday Enrichment Programme at Penywaun Primary School to combat Holiday Hunger.

Supporting Penywaun Tenants and Residents Association Volunteer Group.

Supported Penywaun Community Centre.

Engaged with Barnardos interventions supporting families living in poverty.

 

Rhigos and Penderyn

Working with RCT Council and Zipworld to support the Zipworld Tower development, and working with a range of developers to support delivery of  other projects which would also capitalise on the economic, environmental and tourist potential of the former Tower colliery site.

Formally opposed the proposed ‘Enviroparks’ development by making formal representations to the developer and RCT Planning and by working closely with local campaign group ‘Valleys for Tourism not Trash’.

Worked with RCT Council, Tower Regeneration and Natural Resources Wales to press for a long term solution to the recurring flooding issues at Rhigos roundabout.

Working with Openreach to ensure broadband is upgraded in the Penderyn area.

Working with the local Councillor to press Neath Port Talbot Council for the re-opening of Old Parish Road.

 

Ynysybwl

Supported Ynysybwl Regeneration Partnership and Ynysybwl Vision with their plans for economic and environmental regeneration.

Worked with local councillor to support residents of Clydach Terrace flooded during Storm Dennis and to ensure NRW are held to account with regular maintenance of the river.

Represented the concerns of parents and pupils regarding the 2018/19 reorganisation proposals for Pont Sion Norton and Pontypridd High schools.

Appointed as Welsh Environment Link Species Champion for the Nightjar, which nests in Llanwonno forest.