Bwlch-y-Clawdd Road, Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced its plans to provide over £300m of additional funding to help transform the County Borough.
Council Leader Andrew Morgan released a statement to all Council Members last week announcing his intentions to bring the plans forward in early 2018.
It would be the largest single capital investment programme in the history of the Rhondda Cynon
Council Leader Morgan said: “Plans will shortly be considered that will outline an additional round of investment, totalling over £300m, for the future of Rhondda Cynon Taf, over and above the Council’s normal Capital Programme.
“If agreed, these ambitious plans would see the delivery of the largest capital investment programme for a generation, ensuring we transform service provision across a range of areas and a number of key services.
“This funding will be on top of the investment already approved to take the County forward through the £200m RCTInvest programme.
The purpose of these plans is to ensure that local social services can be maintained and expanded to meet changing demands.
An increasing elderly population, for example, will have different needs, requirements and expectations, and require investment in healthcare facilities.
On the other end of the age scale, schools must also be transformed and brought into the modern era under the Welsh Government’s 21st Schools Programme – which itself has already seen £200m invested in RCT.
Morgan continued: “This funding will also ensure that we continue to future-proof key infrastructure across the County, and will ensure that our highways and transportation network supports the future economic potential that Rhondda Cynon Taf has to offer through our part of the £1.2bn Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
“We have already demonstrated what this approach to strategic investment can achieve through the £200m #RCTInvest programme, which has seen unprecedented levels of capital expenditure on improving our highways
“This proposal will seek to build upon this momentum. We have already set the tone and demonstrated what can be achieved through this ambitious approach on projects such as the redevelopment of the Taff Vale site.
“This was once a project which many believed was destined never to be achieved, yet in January we will see work on this major development – which is set to transform the future for Pontypridd – commence.
“This flagship project demonstrates that regeneration and prosperity can only be brought about through strategic investment, and we want to create similar opportunities across RCT.
“We have made a public commitment to be ambitious for our County and this plan, if approved when reports are brought forward to facilitate this funding, will ensure that we honour this commitment by delivering the largest capital investment programme in the history of Rhondda Cynon Taf and most certainly for a generation.”
The planning of the delivery of the project will be discussed the Council in the New Year.