Ffos-y-fran Community Benefit Fund helping visitors answer call of nature

A fundraising campaign has seen £1,500 raised through donations, with a further £5,000 grant from the  Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council managed Ffos-y-fran Community Benefit Fund helping the Pontsticill Community Group to reopen the public toilets in their village.

Members of the Group took it upon themselves to refurbish the disused public toilets in the centre of their village. The newly revamped facilities, which have been disused for around four years, will be officially re-opened on Thursday 30th June.

The Group now hope that, each time someone uses the toilets to ‘spend a penny’, they will also make a financial contribution towards the ongoing running costs of the new facilities.

“The village is a very busy place, with tourists from all over the world,” community group secretary Ann Williams said.

“But the area has been badly neglected with fly-tipping, littering, overhanging trees, unkempt verges, no flowers and poor seating and signage – there was just a general air of neglect.

“Our mission has become to get the work done, not only to improve the environment for everyone, but also to restore the pride in the village.”

She added: “We decided to bring them back into use to meet the needs of the many tourists who visit us, as well as the local community.”

The refurbished toilets will be officially opened by Vaynor ward councillor Howard Barrett.

He said: “In a county borough full of scenic jewels, Pontsticill is a diamond.

“Outdoor sports enthusiasts and families alike are understandably attracted by it, so the provision of these toilets is welcome both to all them and the whole community.

“This is another example of the Ffos-y-fran Community Fund making a big difference for community and sporting groups.

“We’re also delighted to see these volunteers generously giving up their time to bring these plans to fruition.”