New crossing for Llantrisant

Llantrisant is the latest area to benefit from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s multi-million-pound investment scheme.

Keeping residents and visitors moving safely throughout the County Borough is vital and the Cabinet has committed over £23m over the next 3 years to improve the Highways and Infrastructures across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

The multi-million-pound scheme aims to tackle Highways Improvements, (including potholes, drainage, footways, fencing/barriers and town and village centre regeneration), Structures, Transportation (including metro), Making better use and Flooding and drainage schemes.

This investment forms part of the Council’s ongoing wider 3 year £200m investment programme – “RCT Invest” – which is set to benefit residents and businesses right across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

This latest scheme has seen £70,000 invested to install a signal controlled pedestrian crossing along Talbot Road, Llantrisant as part of a Safer Route in the Community project. The scheme will also include the installation of a new footway on Llantrisant Road leading towards Brynteg Lane to be constructed later this year.

As the RCT Invest works continue across the County Borough there are likely to be some minor disruptions to those in their immediate vicinity. The Council would like to urge residents to continue to support us whilst these essential works are carried out as it is for their longer term benefit.

Highly commended arts project making progress

The project that will link the communities of Llantrisant and Llanwit Fardre in Wales with the communities of Cam and Dursley in England is making progress project leader Councillor Jonathan Bishop has said.

The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy:
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Emotivate project, led by Councillor Jonathan Bishop, was highly commended in 2014 by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is the councillor for Lower Cam in Gloucestershire, and is also seeking election to be the councillor for Llantrisant Town. Having formerly served as the councillor for Llantwit Fardre also, he says being a councillor in England is already making the whole project easier to achieve. “I have already been in communication with sustainable development and arts funding organisations in both England and Wales, and the project is coming together nicely,” he said. “I have the legitimacy of the office in Cam, like I did in Treforest when I did the project there.
Becoming the councillor for Llantrisant Town will make things even easier.
“I already have the involvement of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youth offending services, and have made contact with the Arts Council for Wales.

We are in the process of appointing the artist for the Wales side of the project and have had a number of applicants, even from as far as West Wales.

The Emotivate Project, as it is called, was highly commended by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in the Love Where You Live Awards in 2014. As Councillor Bishop explains, the project is intended to bring the whole community together. “The plans are that young people from the various schools in Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Cam and Dursley, will come together through the Internet to design murals that reflect the areas’ past, present and future, as well as what happened during times of war and peace,” he said. “The aim will then be for the murals they design to be painted by the young offenders, so they can be seen to be giving back by supporting the young achievers’ designs.

Further information on The Emotivate Project can be found on the project’s website at:

Llantrisant Medieval Weekend

Historic Llantrisant will resound to the fierce noise of clashing swords and armour once again with a special Medieval event between 3 May and 4 May 2014.

A medieval re-enactement is planned for Llantrisant
KNIGHTS TO REMEMBER: A medieval re-enactement is planned for Llantrisant. Courtesy: Obtained from Wikipedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Cardiff Castle Garrison will descend on the former Norman fortress town with archery, medieval combat displays, weapons and armour on show for the two-day event. The medieval weekend based on the Castle Green to coincide with May Day which was also celebrated in medieval times as saints and feast days.

It will also mark the return of Llantrisant Castle’s famous residents, the two goats housed for the summer months by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to help reduce the overgrowth around the ancient monument.

The goats have their own purpose-built shelter in the original enclosure of the 13th century castle, and daily a volunteer ensures they have plenty of water supplies, supplement feeding with protein pellets, rake out and refresh straw in the goats’ shelter and ensure their over all health and wellbeing.

Visitors to the Castle Green this weekend will enjoy a fun-packed few days as Cardiff Castle Garrison make the event as authentic as possible and help residents and visitors learn about what life was like during those day times.

The Garrison are a well known living history combat society that perform regularly in Cardiff, Caldicot, Newport and Berkeley Castle. In 2015 they will travel to France to re-enact the battle of Agincourt.

They predominantly focus on the reign of Edward III and specially the years 1350-1370 when Llantrisant was a thriving hilltop community.
The aim of the society is to entertain, educate and inspire a desire to learn more about history.

The Medieval Weekend will include a living history camp demonstrating medieval life; combat, archery, crafts, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations; talks on weapons, armour, crafts, cooking and archery; combat and history talks showing the weaponry and armour that was used during our period and how it was used; an opportunity to have a go at archery or to sponge a fool who is locked in the stocks; and visitors will also have the chance to examine the armour, weaponry and craft items close up.

The members of Cardiff Castle Garrison are available throughout the day during shows to talk to the public, demonstrate skills and answer any questions posed to them.

What makes Cardiff Castle Garrison interesting and different from other re-enactment societies is the proportion of members who can give professional insights into how things were and how things worked and why. The group contains a high number of teachers, scientists, historians and archaeologists.

The camps, archery range and combat demonstrations take place in roped arenas, and members are on hand to supervise at all times.

The Medieval Weekend takes place on May 3 and 4 from 10am to 4.30am. For further details