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: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.