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Ogmore MS wants public involvement on Llynfi walking and cycling route

Local MS Huw Irranca-Davies wants to see local people getting involved in long-term proposals to develop an “Active Travel” route along the length of the Llynfi valley, enabling safe walking and cycling to and from work and for recreation, and linking up communities from Maesteg to Coytrahen and Tondu and all points between.

Huw says “The Llynfi valley is the last of the Ogmore constituency valleys which does not have a linear route running its length, allowing local residents to ditch their cars where possible and walk or cycle to work instead. Our long-running campaign has huge public support however, and we are delighted that Bridgend County Borough Council is keen to work with us and with local residents to explore the potential for a valleys-long route.”

A sum of £60k was provided as part of the WEPA paper mills expansion as a developer contribution towards further design and consultation of the Llynfi Valley active travel route. Huw Irranca-Davies will now support Bridgend Council in further applications to the Welsh Government Active Travel funds, which could – if successful - be used for further feasibility and design work, and to provide a suitable evidence for Bridgend County Borough Council to submit a future bid to construct missing sections of the route.

Huw – who is also the Chair of the Senedd Cross-Party Active Travel group adds “Bridgend Council has been one of the leading local authorities in Wales for investment in Active Travel in recent years, linking up communities for work and leisure and providing safe routes to schools, and taking the lead in providing healthy and active ways to get around by bike and scooter and on foot. But the Llynfi valley still has some major missing pieces, so we and campaigners will support this, even though we know this will not happen overnight.”

The proposal would be to examine the feasibility of the route in different phased sections, working along the valley, though no definitive route has yet been decided as the local authority is keen to work with stakeholders and the public to explore options.

Cabinet Member Cllr Richard Young states “There is a long way to go, but we are keen as a local authority to examine how our Active Travel network can expand along the Llynfi valley, joining up with those sections already in place from Caerau through to Maesteg. The public support for this route is clear, and we look forward to working with stakeholders and residents and with Welsh Government to develop these ideas.”

Bridgend County Borough Council's draft Active Travel Network Map (ATNM): https://bridgend2.commonplace.is/

Very Important! If you support these long-term proposals to develop an “Active Travel” route along the length of the Llynfi valley, it is critical that you take part and not just read the article. End results will strongly depend on public engagement.