- January 9, 2018
- Posted by: RCT Labour
- Category: Latest News
Ground has now been broken on the former Taff Vale Precinct site in Pontypridd, as the Labour-led Council’s flagship development enters into the long-awaited construction phase.
After numerous failed initiatives from private sector developments, the Council’s decision to purchase the site in April 2015 has already paid dividends as Labour forges ahead in making this vital project a reality, bringing both employment and vibrancy back to in to the wider Pontypridd area.
Since purchasing the site, Labour representatives have worked tirelessly to progress the project at a substantial pace, with notable milestones such as the demolition of the site and the announcement that both Transport for Wales and the provider of the South Wales Metro would occupy one of the three buildings delivered over the last twelve months.
Labour clearly recognises the need to invest strategically in our communities, and the no-nonsense, all-action approach demonstrated to date in progressing the project shows that RCT Council’s largest Party is able and willing to deliver on the ambitious set of public commitments unveiled in the run-up to May’s local elections. The delivery of major infrastructure represented one of those core pledges, with Labour showing itself to be the only Party with the ambition and ability to deliver such a large-scale scheme.
Building A (nearest Gas Road Car Park) and Building B (the centre of the three buildings) will incorporate office floorspace, while Building C (nearest Bridge Street) will be a gateway building to Pontypridd, and will include a 21st Century library, a Council customer contact point, a cafe, meeting rooms, community facilities and a new leisure and fitness centre. The strategic development will provide a total of 14,693sq/m of floorspace. A footbridge from the existing Gas Road Car Park to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park will also be built as part of the scheme; and with the all important construction work underway on the main site, residents can look forward to other important milestones to be delivered this year and beyond:
- Piling works beginning, Spring 2018.
- Cranes erected on site, Spring 2018.
- Footbridge planning submission, Summer 2018.
- Footbridge construction, Spring 2019.
- Footbridge completion, Autumn 2019.
- Building handovers and occupation, 2019/2020.
Labour Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise Development and Housing, said: “Today marks a hugely important step in our efforts to deliver on this truly significant development, representing the latest milestone to be reached as we continue to make excellent progress in making our vision for a more prosperous RCT a reality.
“The Labour Group was returned as the largest Group on the Council on the back of our ambitious set of public commitments that went way beyond what was promised by any of the other Parties, and we were in fact the only Party to outline solid proposals for major infrastructure projects such as this, which have the potential to deliver huge benefits for our communities. We remain resolute in supporting our local town centres and bringing high quality jobs back in to the Valleys.
“The scheme will satisfy both of our objectives, by bringing a significant number of jobs to Pontypridd, and providing a boost to our Town Centre businesses through increased footfall. It has the potential to greatly contribute to the town’s retail and commercial offer, and take advantage of the opportunities created by the South Wales Metro and the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
“The development will create an impressive new gateway to Pontypridd and, after years of waiting, will revitalise the Taff Vale site which has remained a large abandoned space in the Town Centre for decades.
“In 2017 we saw several important landmarks reached, with plenty more on the horizon in 2018, and I look forward to seeing even more progress being made in the coming weeks and months, as the transformation of Taff Vale accelerates further.”