Happy New Year
Despite all the serious difficulties facing the British economy – Pontyclun remains a great place to live and work. We have a vibrant town centre with cafes, restaurants, pubs, a gallery and a wide range of shops. When other High Streets are declining, ours continues to prosper. We have a magnificent countryside of fields and woods and hills all shaped by our network of rivers and streams including the Ely, Clun, Dwrgi, the Melyn and Felin Fach.
We would like more trains, better roads and cycle ways but we enjoy our access to Cardiff, the coast and the motorway.
More than anything else we have the wonderful people of Pontyclun who recognise the value of solidarity and collective action - supporting each other through a wide range of social and sporting clubs and organisations.
Your Community Council
The role of Pontyclun Community Council is to be at the heart of your community, supporting you in the support that you give each other
In 2018 the average Pontyclun family paid £32 towards the £132,000 expenditure of Pontyclun Community Council. What did we do with your money? –
We own and manage Ivor Woods and the Car Park in Heol yr Orsaf
We provide Pontyclun Park which includes the children’s play area, the Multi Us Games Area and the volunteer- led Community Garden.
· We organised ‘Picnic in the Park’ when all of Pontyclun was invited to come together for fun and games.
· We maintained all the miles of public footpaths in our area and organised our first Walking Festival when we were all invited to explore our beautiful walking routes through Groes Faen, Mwyndy, Miskin, Pontyclun, Brynsadler and Talygarn.
· We provide Café 50 which as well as providing lunches is providing to be an exciting hub for dozens of social groups to come together – fitness groups, a quiz group, a support group for families living with memory loss, craft and knitting groups; and, through the voluntary efforts of our own Pontyclun University of the Third Age we have every cooperative learning group imaginable. Café 50 hosted a number of Afternoon Teas and Christmas Lunches, all with entertainment.
· We provide a beautiful range of summer flowers on the High Street, at the Station, on the Clun Bridge in Miskin and Groes Faen – providing enjoyments and adding to Pontyclun’s visitors.
· We organised a Planetarium at Pontyclun Rugby Club when hundreds of local primary schools children were able the experience the excitement of the night sky.
· We organised a series of events to commemorate 1918 and the end of the First World War including a public lecture, children’s choirs, a walk through a hundred years of Pontyclun, an afternoon tea, a lunch with 1918 recipes, ‘Music, Poems and Pints and the Athletic Club’.
· We work with Pontyclun Environment Group to litter pick and manage our riverside walks
· We provided Pontyclun’s Christmas Lights which are admired across South Wales and help bring business to the Town Centre
· Working with the Macmillan Fundraising Group, the Pontyclun Primary PTA and the Pontyclun Athletic Club we helped organise the Pontyclun Christmas Festival where we were supported by the Llantrisant Folk Club, Cantorian Pontyclun and the Ukeladies. Both Cllrs Martin Ashford and Gwyn Jackson gave plausible impressions of the real Santa Claus who visited the Grotto. Cllrs Martin Ashford and Mike Davies were among the musicians who created a rocking sensation from Miskin to Maesyfelin. Cllr Neil Holley provided the exceptional sound system.
Thanks to Community Councillors
All Pontyclun Community Councillors are unpaid volunteers who have put in place our programme of events by working with all other volunteers in Pontyclun. My thanks to Martin, Mike, Marg, Neil, Anne, Gwyn, Karan, Alison and Carole.
Thanks to Community Council Staff
Our staff are largely part time and we could not do without them. Thanks to Julius, Darren, Ray, Karen, Tara and Nula
Thanks to the People of Pontyclun
The Community Council only succeeds when we work in partnership with the people of Pontyclun. I thank everyone of you.
Our costs are increasing because of inflation and wage costs. In the next few weeks the Council will need to decide whether to increase our council tax by around £2 a year per household or cut our activities. I would welcome your views on this decision.
I would also welcome any suggestions on activities that we should add to our programme or take away.
Happy New Year
Chair, Pontyclun Community Council