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.

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

Worked with Coalfields Regeneration Trust to try and secure a viable future for Cwmaman Institute.

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

On going campaign to pursuade Coal Products Limited to develop former Phurnacite land.

Represented residents of Park View Terrace over land ownership issues.

Engaged with local farmers to address problems with Natural Resources Wales.

 

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.

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

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.

Supported businesses at Navigation Park, and helped arrange for the Welsh Government to launch its Economic Action Plan there.

 

Aberdare East

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

Liaise with the Town Centre Forum and ABTA on issues relating to town centre trading and town centre events.

Worked closely with local councillors to resolve ongoing anti-social behaviour issues.

Lobbied on behalf of RCT Council to help secure Welsh Government funding for the regeneration of the former Boot hotel.

 

Aberdare West and Llywdcoed

Providing backing to Oasis Community Project with applications for grant funding.

Supported Hen Dy Cwrdd Welsh language chapel with grant funding applications.

Assisted local resident in establishing a new fishery, soon to open at Dare Valley Country Park.

Helped Friends of Aberdare Park with their bid for a splash pad.

Engaged with innovative scheme using technology to support people living with dementia at Ysguborwen.

 

Cilfynydd

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

Helped Cilfynydd Community Centre with applications for funding.

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

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

 

Cwmbach

Fighting to get Persimmon Homes to bring the Coed Dyffryn/Tir Founder fields development up to adoptable standard.

Secured commitment from Openreach to install Superfast Broadband to the Coed Dyffryn/Tir Founder fields development, and continuing to push for the legal issues around this to be resolved.

Worked with RCT Council to secure improved street lighting around Cwmbach railway station.

Brought together key stakeholders to pursue the reopening of the ‘Abernant’ Tunnel (linking Cwmbach to Merthyr).

 

Glyncoch

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

Regular dialogue with Welsh Government on plans for the dualling of the A465 heads of the Valleys road, to ensure route is most suitable for the local community. Also secured agreement of community benefit works when construction is under way.

Committed to ensuring the Metro link to Hirwaun is delivered.

Involved with opening of new Hirwaun Co-Op store.

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

 

Mountain Ash East

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.

 

Mountain Ash West

Worked closely with local councillors to secure new £4 million Integrated Primary Care Facility.

Lobbied on behalf of RCT Council to secure Welsh Government funding for the Cross Valley Link Road.

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

Support the work of the Nos Galan volunteers.

 

Penrhiwceiber

Regularly provided support to volunteers running Lee Gardens Paddling Pool, including building links between project and British Gas which secured funding and other help.

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

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.

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

 

Penywaun  

Supported Penywaun Tenants and Residents Association Volunteer Group.

Pushed for expansion of ‘Lunch and Fun’ club at Penywaun Primary School to combat Holiday Hunger.

Supported Penywaun Community Centre and Penywaun Enterprise Partnership.

Engaged with Barnardos interventions supporting families living in poverty.

 

Rhigos and Penderyn

Supported Penderyn Traffic Management Group in their fight for safety barriers outside the school.

Represented the concerns of parents and pupils regarding the proposed reorganisation of Penderyn Primary School.

Provided assistance to locally owned small businesses on Hirwaun Industrial Estate with grant funding applications.

Championed the concerns of local residents regarding the proposed ‘Enviroparks’ development.

Continuing to press Openreach to provide Superfast Broadband to the outlying areas of Penderyn.

 

Ynysybwl

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

Represented the concerns of parents and pupils regarding the 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.