The Council is urging residents to take part in a public consultation exercise being undertaken by Sustrans, about a future project to create multi-modal tracks and trails in and around the Rhigos Mountain area.
The Council has gained funding from the Welsh Government’s ‘Enabling Natural Resources and Well-Being in Wales’ grant scheme to deliver a tracks and trails project, with partner Welcome to Our Woods – a community partnership based in Treherbert. It would establish a green infrastructure facility resulting in economic and community benefits through increased visitor numbers and community activity.
Where possible, the project will seek to connect the tracks and trails with key local attractions such as Dare Valley Country Park, along with wider travel networks and public transport services.
Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has been engaged by the Council as a consultant to assess the project’s design, feasibility and viability – and gaining local residents’ views is an important aspect of this process.
Sustrans began an online consultation exercise recently, which will run until Friday, February 7. Residents are urged to take part by using a community mapping tool, which allows the community to express their aspirations for the future delivery of the project – based on their local knowledge.
The online mapping tool, which has been set up by Sustrans, can be accessed via the following link https://www.sustrans.org.uk/about-us/our-work-in-wales/.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “Sustrans has now launched its public consultation exercise on a future tracks and trails project in and around the Rhigos Mountain range – and is inviting residents to have their say and help shape the project’s delivery.
“We are so fortunate to live in a County Borough which has so many stunning landscapes and places of natural beauty, and the tracks and trails project aims to increase local residents’ access to the environment around us – while also attracting more people to come and visit the local area.
“It promises to be a very exciting year for the local area, after Zip World was granted planning permission for a new zip wire attraction utilising Rhigos Mountain and the former Tower Colliery site – which has huge potential for economic growth as a very popular regional tourist attraction.
“I would urge residents to have their say on this potential tracks and trails project by engaging with the consultation process being run by Sustrans.”
For more details or to discuss the project, residents can email Eni Hansen-Magnusson at Sustrans via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Friday 24th January 2020