Storm Dennis Advice Surgeries for Affected Residents

We are holding advice surgeries for residents who have been affected by Storm Dennis.

These will be held at the Feelgood Factory, Ynysboeth on Tuesday 25th February 5.30 – 6.30pm.

And

Abercynon Community Centre, Station Road (rear meeting room, off Margaret Street car park) on Tuesday 25th February 6.45 – 7.45 pm.

A member of RCT Community Development team along with ourselves will be in attendance to facilitate requests for advice, goods or services in the immediate days after Storm Dennis.

Please share as widely as possible.

If you know of anyone affected who may not be on social media, please could you let them know.

Elaine and Rhys

Significant highway improvements to be delivered in Abercynon

The Council will begin work to implement a series of highway improvements in Abercynon from the week commencing February 10, following positive feedback received in a public consultation exercise last year.

In September and October 2019, the Council held an informal consultation process so residents could view proposals to improve traffic flow in Abercynon – and create a low-speed environment within which local residents and visitors have greater freedom to travel safely, either on foot or by cycling. 

Residents took part via email, letter or at a public exhibition at Abercynon Community Centre. Valuable feedback was received by 136 people at the exhibition, and 61 others who contacted the Council separately. This feedback was considered in shaping the final plans, which will now be implemented.

The Council has benefitted from full Welsh Government funding to carry out this scheme in the 2019/20 financial year.

The work schedule to implement the scheme in Abercynon over the coming weeks, which will take place in three phases, is summarised below:

  • Phase One (week commencing February 10) – realigning the existing junction between Station Road and Ynysmeurig Road.
  • Phase Two (week commencing February 17) – works to complete a one-way system in the centre of Abercynon, and begin introducing a new 20mph speed limit across the village – including signage and waiting restrictions.
  • Phase Three (upon completion of Phase Two) – constructing a new bus stop on Station Road, removing the existing bus stop at Walter Street and constructing two informal crossing points at Margaret Street.

Residents are advised that Phase One of these works is expected to be completed with minimal disruption to members of the public.

However, the Council would like to give residents and businesses advanced notice that Phase Two (week commencing February 17) is likely to cause some unavoidable disruption in the centre of Abercynon, as the new one-way system is introduced. Commuters are advised to use an alternative route where possible.

Residents are also advised that the Council’s Highways department will take this opportunity to carry out resurfacing works, starting on February 16 – along Mountain Ash Road leading to Ynysmeurig Road and the lower end of Margaret Street.

This is part of the Council’s significant £23.5m, #RCTinvest funding for Highways maintenance, from 2019/20 to 2021/22, to improve and future-proof roads and footways across the County Borough. The upcoming resurfacing work in Abercynon has been coordinated to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, and avoid the need for further work in the area later this year.

The Council would like to thank residents, commuters and local businesses in advance for their cooperation and patience during the upcoming scheme. We will work to complete it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Any further updates will be communicated via the Council’s social media accounts – @RCTCouncil on Twitter and ‘Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’ on Facebook.

War Time WWII Events at Abercynon – Old Film Footage

The old film footage below was shot by the filmmaker, Evan Owen Jones (1905-88), who 43c7dbed185530135172125a2fdff00ewas born and brought up in Prospect House, North Street, Abercynon. He studied art at the Slade School of Art and taught the subject at Aberpennar Grammar School, Pontllanfraith High School and Llandrindod College. He passed his last years at Mynytho, Gwynedd.

There are lots of familiar places in the film footage which we are sure that local residents will spot. Take a look at this fascinating film by clicking here

 

Abercynon Town Centre – Proposed changes to the traffic system

Abercynon Town Centre – Proposed One Way system and 20 MPH Speed Limit.

As residents may be aware, the Council has previously consulted on proposals to change CachedImage.axd-6the traffic system through Abercynon town centre. These works changes include alterations to Station Road and Margaret Street to assist the flow of traffic on the proposed arrangements.

Further to this, this council have also drafted plans to introduce a new 20 MPH speed limit to cover the entirety of Carnetown and Glancynon.

Following the recent consultation and based on the feedback received, a number of changes have been made to the proposed scheme including the removal of the one way section at the top end of Herbert Street, the reversal of the one way section on Walter Street, the extension of the bus stop cage on Ynysymeurig Road and the inclusion of Park View into the 20 MPH speed limit.

The proposed plans can be views here.  

The next stage is a period of Public Notice of the proposals, where details of the scheme are advertised to provide an opportunity for members of the public to formally raise any comments they may have.

If you wish to comment on the proposals, you should do so in writing by 13 January 2020, to the Traffic Services Manager, Traffic Management, Sardis House, Sardis Road, Pontypridd CF37 1DU or alternatively by email: trafficservices@rctcbc.gov.uk

We encourage all residents to take a look at the new traffic system plans and submit your views.

Rhys & Elaine 

Y.G.G Abercynon School Pupils join us on community litter pick

School pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg joined us this month to carry out a litter pick IMG_4318the Park Road Path between River Row and Abercynon Sports Centre.

The pupils are members of the school’s Council and Eco-Council and are passionate about cleaning up and protecting our local environment. Their enthusiasm for all things green was very clear for all to see. This litter pick follows another successful event in the summer with pupils from Abercynon Community School. We think that our children’s desire to care for our environment is very inspiring.

We would like to thank the pupils and headteacher Mr Pugh-Evans for joining us on the litter pick. We organise litter picks and community clean-up days throughout the year and residents are always welcome to join us.

Keep and eye out for our next clean-up day.

Rhys & Elaine