While we waited outside the Bowls Pavilion in Ynysangharad Park for someone to open the door, members of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Local Access Forum said nothing nice about our RCT council cabinet voting through not just cuts, but also going along with the nasty Tory-inspired proposed Welsh legislation on village greens. Unhappy times in the Valleys.
This is the meeting: in front of me is our report back from the all Wales LAF Chairs’ meeting (who were far more critical of the village green proposals). It seems that a lot of the access legislation is going to be delayed. Opposite me in the photo is our Chair Steve and the LAF Secretariat, our Rights of Way Officer Stacey who is reporting on the Rights of Way Improvement Plan, known as ROWIP in acronym.
We again had a representative from the windfarm company Vattenfall: they have about 300 “ideas” for spending in the community. I asked if the money would replace funding for public services, but of course it won’t be paid to the council. We were also worried about fencing on open access land around the turbines. On one windfarm, temporary fencing has not been removed.
Mike Ash has produced more postcards of Ton Pentre in the Rhondda. He is preparing evidence for reinstating the old parish roads – all used by horses and therefore bridleways. If he gets all the routes on the Defintive Map, he will be up there with rights of way heroes.
For more of Mike’s collection of articles and photos go to www.pentre-rhondda.org.uk and it is worth a tour for his annotated photographs.