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Since the closure of its mines and ironworks, Llanharry has been in economic decline, but this is has occurred across most South Wales Valleys villages once dependent on heavy industry. Llanharry's proximity to the M4 motorway in Wales has allowed its residents opportunities to commute to work more easily rather than seeking work locally.
Llanharry contains a few small local amenities, such as a corner shop and a hairdressers.
Llanharry is home to Llanharry Primary School, built 1935 and Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari Welsh medium secondary school which was built in 1974. In 2012 the secondary school became Rhondda Cynon Taf's first 3-19 school, opening a new Welsh language primary department in the former sixth form block.
Buses are the main transportation links servicing Llanharry. Between 1871 and 1951, the village was served by Llanharry railway station, but there is no longer any local rail connection. The nearest station is now Pontyclun. The M4 motorway skirts the southern end of the village, but there is no direct local access to it.
Llanharry has a local football team, Llanharry AFC. They play their matches in the South Wales Amateur League Division One after winning promotion from Division Two during the 2006/2007 season. The team play in blue shirts, blue shorts and blue socks. They play their home games at the recreation ground in Llanharry. There is also a 2nd team who play in the Bridgend League.
Llanharry benefits from the Llanharry Action for Change Project which uses funds, including money from the European Union, to support projects and improvements in the village.
In terms of local politics Llanharry Community Council is responsible for representing the views of local people. The Council receives approximately £30 a year from every Band D home in the village, with the figure increasing or decreasing depending on the class of home.
- Heritage Trail:Llanharry
- South Wales Amateur Football League
- Llanharry AFC
- Llanharry Amateur Football Club
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