HELP RESTORE THE TRUE BOUNDARY BETWEEN TREORCHY AND THE INDEPENDENT VILLAGE OF CWMPARC.
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For hundreds of years natural physical and geographical features have been employed as an universal tool in the demarcation of boundaries and borders between countries, states, counties, cities, towns, villages and parishes. Such features include mountain ranges, river courses and river confluences. My historical research reveals and positively establishes that the original primary boundary between the community of Treorchy and the neighbouring independent village of Cwmparc (which are both located in the upper part of the Rhondda Fawr Valley in South Wales) is the confluence of the Rhondda Fawr River, which runs through Treorchy, with its tributary - Nant Cwmparc.(Rhondda Fawr River, translated from the Welsh, means "Big Rhondda River"; Nant Cwmparc, translated from the Welsh, means "Cwmparc Stream" or "Brook". It rises in the mountains above Cwmparc and then runs through the village until it reaches its confluence with the Rhondda Fawr River in Treorchy).
This confluence lies just below the mid-point of the bridge which spans the Rhondda Fawr River near the location known as the Stag Square, which is a focal feature in Treorchy. This is now commonly known as and called the "Stag Bridge". However, I have discovered that until the late 19th/early 20th Centuries it was known as and called the "Cwmparc Bridge" - this, I would argue, is a highly significant evidential fact in the context of the Treorchy/Cwmparc boundary issue. Indeed, until some years later in the early 20th Century, the bridge bore a fixed plaque inscribed "Cwmparc Bridge" ("Pont Cwmparc"in Welsh); this, for some reason, was removed and not replaced when reconstruction work to the bridge was undertaken at that time.
So, you might ask, why is this Petition being launched and why should it be supported? Well, the fact is that the present and "official" (ha! ha!) primary boundary between Cwmparc and Treorchy, marked by a signpost, lies on the Cwmparc side of another bridge: this is a bridge which spans the main Rhondda Fawr Valley railway line. This so-called boundary is situated at least 300 metres from the original and true boundary, meaning that a substantial chunk of land and property rightfully belonging to Cwmparc has been purloined, poached and subsumed by Treorchy. Even more worrying and disturbing is that over the course of comparatively recent years the "official" boundary signpost has been moved at various times from further incursion points within indisputable Cwmparc territory. In fact, at one stage the signpost was sited at a location which was well over a kilometer within Cwmparc territory. The reasons for these shilly-shally shifts are unfathomable, although there is speculation - perhaps well-justified - that one reason is that residential property bearing a Treorchy, as opposed to a Cwmparc, connotation carries an increase in value. Just as mysterious is identifying who is responsible for these willy-nilly shifts. Nobody seems to know. Perhaps this Petition will fish out the culprit or culprits.
These boundary shifts, it needs to be said, have been carried out (so far as I am aware) without any kind of prior notice to the public and without any kind of public consultation, approval or consent either. I strongly suspect that they are illegal and unauthorised; if, alternatively, such clandestine shifts were "authorised" by some body or organisation I believe that such "authorisation" was probably unlawful.
No doubt there may be those who take the view that it does not matter where the boundary lies. My response to them is that we are all entitled to openness, fair treatment and justice. Where the boundary lies matters to a great number of people who live in, or originate from, Cwmparc and who cherish the village. Where the boundary lies should also matter to anyone who believes in and values the principle of fair play. The situation is not simply annoying; it is infuriating. It is farcical, undemocratic, unjust and wrong.
Let us please put this illogical and nonsensical wrong right, and let us start doing it now by supporting and sharing this Petition. Get that boundary signpost back to where it should be - the mid-point of the Stag Bridge (which, by the way, I am in future going to refer to as, and call, the Cwmparc Bridge and Pont Cwmparc).
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