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Two Years On: Looking Back

2nd birthday cake

The beginning of August marks the 2nd anniversary of This is a recap of what we’ve been up to.


Developments have really dominated this year, beginning in August with the proposal to build houses next to the village hall. We reported on the proposal and published the draft plan.

Land next to village hall

In October, plans to undertake a village survey were revealed. The survey was completed in November and results were published at a special event in March.

In February, we reported that there are several LDP ‘Alternative Sites’ proposed for Tongwynlais. This was first many people knew of these sites and residents got the chance to give their feedback at a public consultation. The LDP is due to be submitted to the Welsh Government for examination this month.

The Site

We’ve experimented with site sponsorship this year. We launched our plan for Community Adverts in November and we’re pleased that several local companies have kindly supported us. The money we raise will be given to local groups for the benefit of the village.


We unveiled a new way for you to send us your stories in April. My Tongwynlais is a dedicated section of the site where you can create an account and share your stories.

You told us what you’d like us to write about via a short survey. If you have any more ideas or feedback, please get in touch.


One of our personal highlights this year was the film night at Castell Coch. We watched “The Bride of Frankenstein” in the courtyard of Castell Coch and had an amazing time.

Film Nights at Castell Coch

Local residents organised a fantastic event called “Knowing you – Knowing Ton” to celebrate the village and build on its great community.


Wales Blog Awards logo

The year ended on a high when we were shortlisted for “Best Community Blog” at the Wales Blog Awards. Although we didn’t win, the event hopefully raised the profile of the village.

The Future

We’ll be keeping you up to date with all the news happening in the village, putting together some more interesting features on the history of the village and much more.

Tell us what you’ve enjoyed and what you’d like to see over on Facebook or Twitter.

Picture – sbszine



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