Leanne's Diary: The Valleys


There was a good turn out from Plaid Cymru candidates and members in the home patch, the Rhondda, despite the rain. Very positive responses from to Cllr. Julie Williams and candidate Alun Cox. 19 year old Christain Reed was there too, who is our candidate in Ynyshir. It was good to see Nicole Griffiths too. She and Edwin Parry are our candidates in Cymer.

The rain continued throughout our time in Treorci. Cllrs. Cennard Davies and Sera Evans-Fear were there with new candidate Emyr Webster. It was good to see retiring Cllr Ted Hancock as well as candidates Esther Nagle & Larraine Jones who are standing in Ystrad and Gelli. A quick food stop at the Cosy Cafe before heading off over the mountain to Penderyn.

With local Hirwaun Cllr. Karen Morgan and new candidate Bev Hall, we met a local residents action group who are campaigning to reduce the speed limit outside their local school.

The school is on the main road through to the Brecon Beacons, close to the Penderyn Whiskey distillery. Their's is the only school in RCT with a 40 mile per hour speed limit outside. Elsewhere, the drive is for a 20 mile per hour speed limit outside schools. They have a good case.

Karen then took me to meet one of the small business owners in Hirwaun. Lee from 'the chippy & the cafe' 

Karen, Bev and I discussed what support he would need to take more people on his books - what the council could do to help. A trained chef, formerly of Y Fenni's 'Walnut Tree', Lee has skills he could pass on to budding young chefs. Having found a niche - people come from miles around for the regular gluten-free supper evenings, means that despite the recession, Lee's business and his eight staff are doing ok for now. We wish them all well.

Next week I'll be starting with our candidates in Blaneau Ffestiniog...more from the stump to follow. Ymlaen.