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.

Burst water main affects Efail Isaf

A burst water main on Wednesday night brought Efail Isaf to a standstill as public sector bodies cooperated to resolve the problem.

Local residents and travellers who witnessed the explosion called the Water Board, police and highways departments.

Efail Isaf Burst Water Main
LIVE STREAMING: Welsh Water expect repairs to the burst water main in Efail Isaf to take a few days. Courtesy: Copyright (c) Jonathan Bishop limited.

South Wales police took over from residents, directing motorists around the big hole, which was then manned by Welsh Water, who have said they will be repairing the damage over the next few days.

Edwards Coaches have assured customers in Efail Isaf the number 90 service will be running as normally as possible. “Efail Isaf customers will be able to use the new bus stop at the bottom of Station Road and the bus will travel down the Church Village Bypass towards Crown Hill,” the spokesperson said.

Resident and journalist, Jonathan Bishop was at the scene the prior to South Wales Police taking over. “Residents and motorists helped each other and others travelling through the village,” he said. “South Wales Police then updated residents and advised some to move out of the way of damage their cars,” he said. “None of the elected councillors were available, so I was really grateful for South Wales Police responding to the situation, after what was a long day.