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DescriptionEdit

The South of the village is known as Tynant (English: House in the brook and near the former Cwm Colliery and coking works now derelict and is the area where the colliery workers largely lived. It is the more traditional part of the village and has large former council housing estates. The Northern section of the village has more private housing estates and a smaller amount of former council housing.

GovernanceEdit

Beddau is also the name of an electoral ward within the Llantrisant community, bordered to the east by the Tyn-y-nant ward, which includes Tynant.[3] The Beddau ward elects a county councillor to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Apart from 2008 to 2012, when the ward elected an Independent councillor, the ward has been represented by the Labour Party. Since 2012 the ward has been represented by Councillor Ricky Yeo.[4][5] The county councillor for the Tyn-y-Nant ward is Labour's Clayton Willis.

A 2018 review of electoral arrangements by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales would see Beddau and Tyn-y-nant merged to form a single county ward. The proposals would take effect from the 2022 council elections.[6]

Beddau is also a ward for Llantrisant Community Council, electing four community councillors. Tynant forms another comunity ward, electing three councillors to the community council.[7]

EducationEdit

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castellau is the village's Welsh speaking primary school. As of July 2016, it is a school to 256 children. English language medium schools are Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School and Llwyncrwn Primary School, which both feed into Beddau's secondary school Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive.

SportEdit

Beddau is notable for its exported rugby union talent, such as Daniel 'Langerz' Langley, Mikey Whatmore, Neil Jenkins, Michael Owen, Gethin Jenkins and Robbie Wheeler who had attended Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive.

Beddau fields a rugby union team, Beddau RFC, as well as its own football team, Cwm Welfare AFC.

TransportEdit

Beddau is served by bus services to Llantrisant, Cardiff and Pontypridd.

A station, Beddau Halt railway station on the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway existed until 1964 quite some way south of the village. A private railway siding from the Treferig branch of the Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction Railway to coal workings extended to the village existed for a time. Extensive sidings and rail traffic served Cwm Colliery and coking works until 1984 when the line to junction at Pontyclun station was closed and mothballed. Efforts are being made to reopen this line to passenger traffic.

Notable residentsEdit

Actor Adrian Lewis Morgan, who is best known for his role of Dr. Jimmi Clay in the BBC soap opera, Doctors, was born in Beddau.

BibliographyEdit

  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ Davies (2008), page 507.
  3. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ Rhondda Cyon Taff County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ County Borough Council Elections 2017, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ Anthony Lewis (30 August 2018). "The number of electoral council wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf could be cut for 2022 election". Wales Online. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ Councillors, Llantrisant Community Council. Retrieved 29 October 2018.

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