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Local area report on Rhondda Valley.

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Wales In Year 2000 Report

Local area report on Rhondda Valley.

This report has been prepared for National Assembly Members in Cardiff.

This report has been prepared in response to your request dated 12th May 2000. You, the National Assembly of Wales have asked me to help you decide what areas in Wales need extra funding by reporting on my local area.


This report will aim to show Assembly Members in Cardiff that the local area surrounding my home needs extra funding. In this report I will outline the problems in my local area that could be resolved by the extra funding that the Assembly could provide.

Local Area

The area in which I live is an ex-mining community, with very narrow valleys, old roads and terraced houses. The area has one rail link to Cardiff and other major towns. It has an approximate population of seventy two thousand five hundred people.

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Unemployment is high and jobs are generally poorly paid.Many houses are in a state of disrepair.Crime rates are high, especially drugs related.Communication links are poor, both road and rail.

Possible improvements

With extra funding the existing leisure facilities could be improved for all ages. The leisure centres could run more special schemes at cheaper rates for both young and older people (e.g. daytime yoga classes or art classes).

Resurfacing and providing relief roads where appropriate could vastly improve the roads. The rail links could be extended and timetables improved to encourage more people to commute to work by rail, which would help the environment and get more cars off the roads.

The area has a big drug problem that is recognised by the police. The police do operate their own anti-drugs group called RAID (Rhondda against illegal drugs).

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I am recommending this improvement for the following reasons:

  • Reducing the drug problem will automatically reduce drug related crimes, making people feel safer on the streets and in their homes.
  • The reduction in drug taking will reduce peer pressure on young people to become involved in drugs.
  • Former addicts, drug users will be helped to become useful members of the community.


While my report recommends two improvements which need to be made in my local community there are many more unresolved problems the will need to be addressed over the coming years if the National Assembly of Wales is serious about improving local communities.

I hope my report will be useful in helping you decide on the issue of local funding, if you have any queries or require further information I would be more than happy to help.

Geraint Jones

Sunday, 28 January 2001

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