In June, Trivallis worked in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the residents of Penrhys to carry out a day of essential estate maintenance and environmental improvements.
Tenants, staff, and the council worked tirelessly throughout the day to clear green spaces across the estate, remove rubbish, and educate residents on effective garden maintenance. An estate-wide litter pick was carried out, paths and steps were cleared, and the grass was cut to help residents maintain their community.
Trivallis provided a number of skips to allow residents to dispose of unwanted household items and help to keep gardens clear of items that may act as protection for rats. Staff worked with residents to remove unwanted items and assist those unable to move things themselves. The skips were widely used across the estate, and within a matter of hours all the skips were full.
One of the bigger tasks of the day was tackling the issues with fly tipping. Concerns had been raised about the level of fly tipping around Penrhys, and the impact this was having on the estate. As part of the work carried out, existing rubbish was cleared, and CCTV cameras were put in place to monitor fly tipping hotspots and to deter people from dumping their rubbish.
Residents were quick to praise the efforts of those involved in the Environmental Day, commenting that it was an “absolutely fantastic job” and the “estate is looking 1000% better already!”
Children from Penrhys Primary School also got involved, offering a helping hand with the estate litter pick. Keen to keep their community clean for years to come, the eco-warriors of Penrhys were awarded with bags and water bottles, courtesy of RCT Council, to thank them for their work.
Lianne Bulford, Neighbourhoods Services Manager, organised the event and said: “In recent months we’ve been getting back to some normality around the services we deliver across
RCT after the Pandemic. As a result, we introduced our weekly housing surgeries in Penrhys at Llanfair Church. Llanfair Church is the heart of the community, and the residents are passionate about where they live. It was important to them to have an environment day to target the estate, so it looked the same pre-pandemic.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I know everybody involved did too. It’s amazing what you can do when you pull together with a common goal – The Community of Penrhys, Llanfair Church, Penrhys School, RCT Council, and Trivallis everyone involved achieved so much on the day, partnership working at its very best. Without these vital Partnerships its challenging to make positive changes. We all need to take ownership and be part of looking after our environment and I truly believe Penrhys residents love where they live that’s for sure!”
Trivallis would like to extend a huge thank you to the residents and staff involved in the Environmental Day. We are very proud of the results we achieved, and we thank you for working together to love where you live!
This story is from the Summer 2022 issue of our Trivallis Valleys Magazine. To read the full issue, visit our Valleys Magazine page.