More than 100 people from local schools, community groups, churches and businesses took time out to read a new report by Owen Smith MP and Mick Antoniw AM on how the town can increase footfall, be promoted and boost its sense of community.”This was the beginning of an article which appeared in the local press on 22nd March 2012 – oddly enough just as the Council election campaign started to get under way properly.
As far as I am aware very little appears to have happened since. Although there was an apparently chance encounter between Mr Antoniw and Tonyrefail traders in September as reported in the Rhondda Leader. After that slight run in the Pontypridd AM had to quickly get in touch with the Council and come back with a statement no doubt prepared by our favourite story teller Hans Christian Hanagan.
His colleague and co-author of the report Owen Smith made similar noises at a public meeting in Pontypridd some two years ago when he talked of a new forum for traders and residents in the town there. Nothing has come of that either. Yet more cynical politicking by Labour’s not so dynamic duo?