Ystrad Mynach is affectionately known locally as ‘the village’ and draws on a catchment area which includes the communities of Ystrad Mynach, Maesycwmmer, Llanbradach, Gelligaer and Hengoed.
One of its greatest qualities that Ystard Mynach posses is its sense of place. The configuration of the streets offer a clearly defined retail hub, consisting of small independent retailers, mixed with services including banks, hairdressers, a library, churches and a Post Office. Situated on the edge of the town, with good pedestrian links are two supermarkets Lidl and Tesco. There exists within the current building fabric potential for the expansion of the retail offer in the town centre.
The immediate area around the town centre has a number of projects that have transformed the area. The main Council offices at Penalta House are located close by, as is a hospital, sports complex and Ystrad Mynach college. Significant investment has been made on the highways infrastructure which opens up the town to a much wider catchment area.
In 2000, the former Penallta colliery spoil heaps were transformed by Groundwork Caerphilly, into a 180 hectares country park. Parc Penalta, which is adjacent to the town is used by members of the local community and groups from the wider area for climbing, walking and cycling.
The branding ‘MY YM’ recognises that whilst the shopping offer and service provision may be what initially draws people into the town centre, there are a number of key features which represent all areas of life that are equally as important to the future success of the town centre.