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Pontypridd Redevelopment Gets First Stones

25 May 2011



The first granite stones have been placed into the street scene at the Pontypridd town centre redevelopment

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cllr Russell Roberts joined colleagues Cllr Paul Cannon, the Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Safer Communities; and Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Transport, Emergency Planning and Customer Care at Mill Street, Pontypridd for the celebratory event.

The impressive granite road surface and paving is a key feature of the public realm enhancements which will take place throughout the entire town centre over the next two years.

The project is being undertaken by the council’s contractor, Costain, in partnership with Capita Symonds. which is providing design, project management, CDM coordinator, ecology and contract management services.

...This is a momentous day in Pontypridd as steadily we being to see the first phases of regeneration take shape in the town centre. This continued work will revitalise the currently outdated street scene, and ensure Pontypridd once more becomes a major visitors’ destination in the South Wales Valleys...

With work already well underway and on track in Mill Street, further work is also currently taking place in High Street and Taff Street with a further phase to begin in Church Street in the coming months. The new paving and road surfacing are two elements of the regeneration work to the street scene of Pontypridd which will combine with contemporary street furniture, signing and distinctive lighting in key areas.

The paved areas will also be widened in the town to enhance the experience of every visitor while significant public spaces like Penuel Square are developed into attractive public spaces.

Cllr Russell Roberts, Leader of the Council said: “This is a momentous day in Pontypridd as steadily we being to see the first phases of regeneration take shape in the town centre. This continued work will revitalise the currently outdated street scene, and ensure Pontypridd once more becomes a major visitors’ destination in the South Wales Valleys. Our long-term plan is to ensure the current regeneration work is a catalyst to generate local employment opportunities, increase the amount of visitors, create stronger and more diverse businesses, and foster a vibrant and sustainable economic centre. These are very exciting times for Pontypridd.”

The funding for the £10.5million regeneration scheme has come from the Welsh Assembly Government through the European Regional Development Fund and Targeted Match Funding, along with Council and private sector contributions.