Mountain Ash Road Post Box Removal

A number of residents have contacted us recently about the removal of the post box on Mountain Ash Road near the Thorn Hotel. This came as a surprise to us as we received no prior notification from Royal Mail indicating that they intended to remove the post box. We have since made enquiries about this matter with Royal Mail via Vikki Howells AM, Cynon Valley National Assembly Member, and received a letter in response.

We feel that the content of the letter fails to address local resident’s concerns. The nearest post box for residents to use is located at the bottom of Margaret Street which can only be accessed by walking down and back up steep hills or catching the service bus down into the town centre. This is wholly unacceptable. Royal Mail has failed to take into consideration the steep nature of the valleys landscape.

We will be contacting Royal Mail further to ask them to re-site the post box near to the previous post box location on Mountain Ash Road. If this cannot be accomplished due to lack of land, we will consult with Council officers and a nearby housing association to see if a solution can be sought. We will update residents when we have further news on this issue.

Residents can read the letter that we received from Royal Mail below.

Rhys & Elaine

Mt. Ash. Postbox

 

Abercynon Leisure Centre Investment Continues

Abercynon Leisure Centre Investment Continues

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The new changing rooms will look like those recently installed at Bronwydd in Porth.

The Council has confirmed that the changing rooms at Abercynon Sports Centre will soon undergo a significant refurbishment, thanks to £140,000 works funded through #RCTinvest.

A recent announcement by the Council detailed a significant £250,000 investment throughout the Sports Centre in the coming months – including relining its main pool, upgrading the pool hall ventilation system and improving ceilings and lighting. This will complement upcoming changing room improvements in Abercynon, agreed by Cabinet in October 2017.

The wider £750,000 changing room scheme – to refurbish leisure centre changing facilities across Rhondda Cynon Taf – began in February 2018. The first schemes were in Bronwydd Pool in Porth and Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad, while Abercynon Sports Centre will soon benefit from the investment.

An initial phase of works in Abercynon will see work carried out on relining of the main pool, along with an upgrade of the pool hall ventilation system and improved ceiling and lighting.

These works will then be followed by a second phase, of around £140,000 investment, which will include new changing room lockers and cubicles, works to shower facilities, repainting of walls and doors, and the replacement of ceilings and lighting. The Council will confirm the arrangements to facilitate the second phase of the works shortly.

Are you a Leisure for Life member? If not, register online today. 

Leisure for Life is an easy, affordable leisure membership that was introduced in line with the Council’s investment to encourage more people to get involved in leisure activities across Rhondda Cynon Taf. Members can enjoy unlimited access to Abercynon Sports Centre as well as, swimming, classes and indoor sport at all other Leisure Centres across the County Borough.

For more details of all on offer at Abercynon Sports Centre visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 740141. Keep up to date with the latest leisure and fitness news around Rhondda Cynon Taf by searching for and liking your local/preferred Council leisure centre on Facebook.

Booking classes and sessions has also never been easier – you can now do this via the Leisure for Life APP. Download the new Leisure for Life APP for more information about its benefits.

Abercynon Park & Ride Extension – Public Exhibition

The Council will host a public exhibition to inform residents and businesses about Navi Parkproposals to expand the Park and Ride at Abercynon Railway Station – to provide more than 300 new parking spaces.

The new parking facility will be built at Navigation Park, on the former Abercynon Colliery site a short walk from Abercynon Railway Station. It will include 310 new spaces including seven disabled bays and 15 motorcycle spaces – while a bus stop will be added to the existing car park adjacent to the train station.

The first phase of the Abercynon Park and Ride Scheme was a major boost to commuters when it was delivered in 2010. It provided more than 150 parking spaces built on then-derelict land east of the train station. It was linked to Navigation Park with a bridge over the river. In October 2017, the Council installed an additional 11 spaces in a £24,000 investment.

 

Works at Navigation Park, on the major second phase of the Abercynon Park and Ride scheme, could start by the end of 2018. The Council has secured £787,000 from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund for the scheme, which was announced in April 2018.

The Council will host the public exhibition on Thursday, August 16, at Abercynon Community Centre – from 11am to 7pm. All residents are welcome to attend the event, as plans for the scheme will be presented and Council Officers will be on hand to answer any questions from interested members of the community. Alternatively, the information presented at the exhibition will be available online at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/abercynonparkandride

Rhys & Elaine 

Abercynon Sports Centre – £250,000 Council Investment

Abercynon Leisure Investment

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A total of £250,000 is being spent on improvements at Abercynon Sports Centre in the coming months as part of the Council’s on-going #RCTinvest programme.

Works include the relining of the main pool, along with an upgrade of the pool hall ventilation system and improved ceiling and lighting.

This forms part of the Council’s continued commitment to create modern, attractive leisure centres that encourage residents to enjoy a healthier lifestyle through its Leisure for Life initiative.

In order to facilitate the improvement works at Abercynon Sports Centre, the existing swimming pool will temporarily close to the public on Monday, August 13 until October. However, the swimming pool at the nearby Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare, is a fantastic alternative

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “The swimming pool has been very popular at Abercynon Sports Centre for many years, attracting lots of swimmers of all ages and abilities. The Council is investing in this in order to future-proof the pool to provide a facility for future generations to enjoy.

“The Council has committed to creating a healthy and active Rhondda Cynon Taf and has recognised Leisure as a priority in achieving this. To date, over £3M has been invested into this area as part of our  ongoing #RCTinvest programme.

“Abercynon Sports Centre is the latest leisure facility to benefit from this investment.

“We would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as contractors carry out the improvement works at Abercynon Sports Centre, and we hope they will make the most of the new and improved facilities in the months and years ahead.”

All customers who have swimming lessons at the pool will have their places secured and all payments frozen until the swimming pool reopens to the public.

Direct Debit payments for swimming lessons for the month of August will also be reduced by 50 per cent.

There will be limited places available for swimming lessons at pools within the Council’s other leisure venues for the duration of the temporary pool closure at Abercynon. To discuss alternative locations, please call 01443 562202.

Public swimming will also be available at the Council’s neighbouring leisure centres throughout the improvement works at Abercynon Sports Centre. All other facilities and classes at Abercynon will remain unaffected during this period.

The £250,000 being spent on improvements at Abercynon Sports Centre is in addition to the £3m that has already been invested in leisure centre improvements across the County Borough in recent years as part of the Council’s wider ongoing #RCTinvest programme.

Leisure for Life is an easy, affordable leisure membership that was introduced in line with the Council’s investment to encourage more people to get involved in leisure activities across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Leisure for Life members can enjoy unlimited access to Abercynon Sports Centre, as well as, swimming, classes and indoor sport at all other Council Leisure Centres.

Are you a Leisure for Life member? If not, register online today

For more details of all on offer at Abercynon Sports Centre visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 740141

Keep up to date with the latest leisure and fitness news around Rhondda Cynon Taf by searching for and liking your local/preferred Council leisure centre on Facebook.

Booking classes and sessions has also never been easier – you can now do this via the Leisure for Life APP. Download the new Leisure for Life APP for more information about its benefits.