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 fromĀ 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.

Dursley councillors co-opt Brian Cairns

Brian Cairns
CAM AGAIN? Brian Cairns has been co-opted to the Central Ward of Dursley Town Council despite allegations he lived in London until recently, bringing into question his statement to the council about his local credentials. Courtesy: KCA Training.

Former Cam House School teacher, Brian Cairns, has been co-opted onto Dursley Town Council in a vote of 9 to 1.

Despite having no experience of working on community, town or parish councils, Brian Cairns won the vote of existing councillors, after a secret ballot was called.

Standing against Brian Cairns was Jonathan Bishop, who had previously served on town and community councils in Wales. Brian Cairns, who moved to Upper Cam in 1976 from Yorkshire, emphasised his local connections in his application, whereas Bishop emphasised his experience.

Residents have called into question Brian Cairns’s appointment. Concerns have been raised as to allegations he convinced other residents to gang up on a neighbour when they were seeking planning permission. Allegations have also been made that he lived in London until his return to Cam in 2014, casting down on his claims to be local.