August 2016

Over the summer months a huge amount of the £200M RCT Invest programme is being delivered across Rhondda, Cynon and Taff Ely Valleys. 

Major schemes delivered most recently include the completion of major improvements and resurfacing of the Rhigos Mountain Rd costing over £1m, which will help future proof this strategic route for the upper Rhondda Valleys. Abercynon Sports Centre new gym and spin room along with reception works were completed last week following a £700,000 investment to revamp the facility. This follows the recent improvements made in Rhondda Sports Centre and Bronwydd Pool as part of our investment in leisure totalling over £1.7m. Tonyrefail Leisure Centre will be next to benefit from investment with a major update and revamp. 

Work will shortly begin on the first public access 3G in the Rhondda at Pentre Park and this of course follows the work currently underway at Sardis Rugby Ground to deliver the latest artificial all weather playing surfaces. Work on a new artificial pitch at Tonypandy Comprehensive as part of our 21st Century Schools programme is currently underway too with the same also shortly to commence, subject to planning permission at Tonyrefail Park. Work on the upgrade of the Mountain Ash AstroTurf to 3G is also due to start shortly. Following positive conversations with sports clubs we are looking at the possibility of other artificial pitches in other areas of RCT.

Improvements to schools, outside our 21st Century School Programme, have been underway during the summer break, such as the £400k improvements to Bryn Celynog Comprehensive, classroom upgrades in Ferndale Community School  to 21stCentury Schools standard and the remodelling and refurbishment of the junior section of Abernant Primary.

Improvements to play areas in Bryncae, Blaenllechau and Tonypandy are some of the most recent to have been completed and work is due to start shortly at Hirwaun and Caedrawnant in Mountain Ash as part of our £1.7m investment in play.  Massive investment is currently being delivered in highway improvements and carriageway upgrades across RCT. Everyone should being seeing these visible improvements taking place in their localities. This is in no way an exhaustive list of the improvements we are delivering through one the largest ever capital programmes the Council has delivered, but the examples I use demonstrate how busy the Council has been investing in our county borough. The improvements we want to make and see will not stop here with further investment proposals to be considered by Cabinet at its meeting early next month. 

Yes, we have had to make tough decisions over the last four years to balance the books as a result of the revenue funding cuts which have made their way down the M4 from the UK Government, but we are also investing heavily in the future of our County, our communities and the services we all value and rely upon as improving our infrastructure and our assets is a key priority.

 Our plans revealed last week for the Taff Vale site in Pontypridd have been positively received and again demonstrate I hope the ambition we as a Labour administration have for our County Borough  as we work to boost jobs within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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