Council Secures EU Funding for Robertstown Business Units

The Labour-led Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ambitious plans to deliver sustainable economic growth have been boosted through the announcement that £2.58m of European Funding has been secured to create modern business units in Robertstown, Aberdare.

The funding, which comes through the European Regional Development Fund, will contribute to a significant portion of the overall £3.93m package which will see much-needed modern business accommodation provided in the upper Cynon Valley, and reaffirms Labour’s on-going programme of investment into Aberdare.

Under RCT Labour, the Aberdare area has benefited immensely from the large scale capital investment ploughed into our communities over recent years through initiatives such as:

  • The almost £50m Aberdare Community School, which has provided local children with a state-of-the-art and fit for purpose learning environment.
  • The significant investment in leisure which has seen the modernisation of the Michael Sobell Centre.
  • Extensive investment to improve the visitor attraction at Aberdare Park, allowing for improvements to the Bandstand and the reintroduction of the boats on the lake.
  • At a time when many other Local Authorities are increasing charges, Aberdare has benefited from reduced town centre car parking to encourage visitors in to the town.
  • The continuing work to the Ynys athletics track.

Further capital investment is set to bring further benefits to the key town, including the proposed A465-A4059 direct link outlined in Labour’s plans to invest £300m over and above the Council’s normal capital programme.

The Robertstown area is a key employment site and the project will help to deliver sustainable economic growth and jobs, helping to build a thriving and prosperous economy. Development work is already underway to enable the project to be delivered over the next few years.

Labour Councillor for Tylorstown and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, Cllr. Robert Bevan, said: “I welcome this significant funding secured by the Council from the European Regional Development Fund, which will help kick-start this hugely important strategic project in the Cynon Valley.

“The Robertstown employment site is an example of a strategic location in great need of development. It is critical that the Council delivers economic growth in such regionally-important areas, where there is significant potential to create jobs and prosperity. Securing external funding for such schemes is also a priority for the Council.

“This provides another example of this Labour administration delivering on its ambitions for the whole of the County. Investment in business accommodation of this type has not been undertaken for a number of years, and we must not forget that it was the Plaid Cymru administration of 1999-2004 who sold off Council-owned business units. Labour is determined to continue to push the boundaries in demonstrating innovation to improve our economy, and this development is set to encourage business and economic growth in areas of strategic importance, both within the County Borough and the wider region.”