Pentyrch (sometimes Welsh: Pen-tyrch; Welsh pronunciation: [pɛnˈtɪrχ]) is a village and community located on the western outskirts of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The village gives its name to a Cardiff local authority electoral ward, Pentyrch, which covers the village and immediate surrounding area. The Pentyrch community includes the neighbouring village of Creigiau and Gwaelod y Garth. People living in Pentyrch are commonly known as "Penterchyians".

Pentyrch is located in Cardiff
Location within Cardiff
Population3,483 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST101819
Principal area
Preserved county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF15
Dialling code029
PoliceSouth Wales
FireSouth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51°31′44″N 3°17′50″W / 51.52883°N 3.29735°W / 51.52883; -3.29735
Pentyrch electoral ward boundary

On 26 February 2016, multiple witnesses reported seeing UFOs.[3]

Geography edit

The village is situated next to the Garth Mountain, high above the River Taff.

The village can be reached from junction 32 of the M4 Motorway, then A470, then via Heol Goch, a hill flanked by a quarry and nature reserve. Alternatively, Church Road provides access from Llantrisant Road near St Fagans.

Other approaches are from Creigiau and Gwaelod-y-Garth.

There was a separate location, Pentyrch Crossing, a flat railway crossing believed to have been removed in the 1960s, between Morganstown and the River Taff.

Demographics edit

At the 2001 census, Pentyrch contained 3,535 individuals, in 1,358 households.

Governance edit

Pentyrch became the newest addition to the Cardiff unitary authority in 1996.[4] The electoral ward of Pentyrch elects one councillor to Cardiff Council.

It falls within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff West and is represented by the Labour Party in the House of Commons and the Senedd. The ward is bounded by Rhondda Cynon Taf to the north; and by the wards of Whitchurch & Tongwynlais to the east; Radyr & Morganstown to the southeast; and Creigiau & St. Fagans to the southwest.

Local elections edit

Pentyrch was represented by Conservative councillor Craig Williams on Cardiff Council until he stepped down in 2015, following his election to Parliament for Cardiff North. A by-election for the Pentyrch ward took place on Tuesday 30 June 2015 which, despite a 27% swing to Plaid Cymru's Hywel Wigley, resulted in a narrow win for Conservative candidate Gavin Hill-John by 18 votes.[5]

At the Cardiff Council election on 4 May 2017 Cllr Hill-John successfully defended his seat, increasing the margin between himself and Hywel Wigley to 215 votes. The turnout was 56%.[6]

Community Council edit

The Pentyrch Community Council has thirteen elected (or co-opted) members, representing the villages of Pentyrch, Creigiau (including Capel Llanilltern) and Gwaelod y Garth (the three community wards) on a ratio of 6:5:2.[7]

Elections are held every five years.

2017 Community Council Election edit

Ten candidates (6 Independent, 3 Welsh Labour, 1 Plaid Cymru) stood for election during the 2017 Cardiff Council election. All candidates were therefore elected unopposed.[8]

The following by-elections took place between May 2017 and the next election in 2022.

Pentyrch Ward - Thursday, 19 March 2020[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ian Jones 190
Conservative Gary Dixon 126
Turnout 316 16.6
Pentyrch Ward - Friday, 9 November 2018[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Simon Roberts No contest

Political affiliation recorded as 'Welsh Conservative' on the Pentyrch Community Council website (March 2020).

Creigiau Ward - Thursday, 23 August 2018[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jena Quilter No contest

Political affiliation recorded as 'Welsh Conservative' on the Pentyrch Community Council website (March 2020).

2022 Community Council Election edit

The next election is due to be held in May 2022.

Amenities edit

St Catwg's Church
King's Arms pub, Pentyrch

Acapela Studio, a concert hall and recording studio, is owned by harpist Catrin Finch and music and television producer Hywel Wigley. Acapela studio has hosted a series of Welsh acts such as Gruff Rhys, Cerys Matthews and Charlotte Church as well as local and international music acts. Many programs for S4C and the BBC are filmed there. The building itself is converted from the former presbyterian Capel Horeb. Opposite Acapela is the Lewis Arms public house.

The focus of older buildings in the village is reached by forking left after entering the village, travelling down to the King's Arms pub, and St. Catwg's Church, at the lowest point of the village. Along with St. Catwg's Church and its lychgate, the King's Arms is a Grade II Listed building. Originally a seventeenth century copyhold farm called Cae Golman, the King's Arms became established as a public house in the eighteenth century. The bar has a fireplace with a chamfered beam, dated 1711. Housing is split between older housing and large developments of post-1970s housing. Sport in the village is centred on the Pentyrch Rugby Football Club. There is also a cricket pitch and other facilities at the club. Pentyrch Rangers football club is based in the village. The club has nearly 200 registered players and runs 10 junior and mini football teams in the Cardiff and District League. Other amenities include a village hall and primary school.

Craig-y-parc House, in wooded grounds outside the village is a former country house, now a residential school for children and young adult with disabilities. Designed by Charles Edward Mallows for the colliery owner Thomas Evans, and built between 1914 and 1918, it is a Grade II* listed building.[12]

Notable people edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Cyngor Cymuned Pentyrch Community Council".
  3. ^ "The strange Welsh night involving 'huge UFO lights', explosions and the military". 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The suburb of Pentyrch". 1 August 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  5. ^ Ruth Mosalski (1 July 2015). "Tories hold on to Pentyrch - but story of the night is a huge swing to Plaid's candidate Dafydd Wigley's son Hywel". Wales Online. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Election results for Pontprennau & Old St Mellons - Cardiff Council Elections 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Cardiff Council. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Home - Protecting the environment, quality of life, and rural character of the four villages". Cyngor Cymuned Pentyrch Community Council. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Elections". Pentyrch Community Council. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Pentyrch Community Ward - Thursday, 19th March, 2020". City of Cardiff Council. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Pentyrch Community Ward - Friday, 9th November, 2018". City of Cardiff Council. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Creigiau Community Ward - Thursday, 23rd August, 2018". City of Cardiff Council. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  12. ^ Cadw. "Craig-y-parc House (Grade II*) (22816)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  13. ^ "New Cardiff North MP Craig Williams steps down as city councillor". Wales Online. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.

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