On 21st September 2017, Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Cabinet approved the Strategy Opportunity Areas Report which contains five areas in the county borough earmarked for development.
They five are
We’re pleased that Pontypridd has been chosen and its importance recognised in revitalising the town and wider borough. Some of the projects are already underway for Pontypridd Town .
RCT County Borough Council have stated that 'the integrated programme for the Pontypridd town centre will deliver economic growth within the Cardiff City Region and the Valleys'. The projects that could potentially make up the integrated programme for Pontypridd are as follows:
1. Redevelopment of the Taff Vale Site office led development due to start early 2018.
2. Taff Vale/Ynysangharad Park Link Bridge to link the town with the Lido, aimed at encouraging visitors to the area, feasibility has begun.
3. A wider plan/strategy for car parking within the town will be considered and developed, with a focus on Gas Road Car Park, and in conjunction with Taff Vale site and the link bridge, the opportunities for Gas Road will be explored in terms of parking and new options.
4. Developing the Taff Riverside Walk to make the most of the riverside
environment and encourage visitors
5. Redevelopment of Goods Yard Car Park / Berw Road Car Park & Pontypridd Bus Station, exploring the opportunity for an integrated transport hub and further economic development.
6. Ynysangharad War Memorial Park Development and Restoration working with Heritage Lottery
Fund to develop restoration scheme including a horticulture centre, building on the success of the National Lido of Wales.
7. Pontypridd YMCA scheme well developed, enabling works commenced and funding in place, for the delivery of the mixed use arts led project.
8. Town Centre Property Investment Programme - building on EU and Welsh Government funded improvement programmes, work with
partners to secure a further programme and deliver projects.
9. Redeveloping the former Marks And Spencer Store on Taff Street, working with partners to develop a mixed use housing scheme.
10. The former Bingo Hall Redevelopment work with partners to develop
a mixed use scheme.
11. Pontypridd Indoor Market – redevelopment and refurbishment work with partners to develop a 21st Century Market, and also enables other mixed use development.
12. Former Co-Op Site on Mill Street/Church Street work with
partners to develop a mixed use scheme to maximise the economic value of this
13. The Sardis Road Car Park offers considerable scale
on the edge of the town, to develop a variety of uses, incorporating car parking
for the town at current levels.
14. Former Magistrates Court redevelopment for homes with
potential for flats for supporting living and care provision.
15. Sardis House use for offices and potential for redevelopment
for hotel and other uses.
16. Dewi Sant project will have a phased
redevelopment of the current buildings with a significant investment to provide
a modern healthcare facility.
17. Pontypridd Development Sites to the west and south of the town centre these sites offer a range of development potential.18. Cwm Colliery and Cokeworks Site to the south west of Pontyprid, the currently derelict site offers a major opportunity for the provision of new housing.
The full report with details of the five areas and projects is here
Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced a new small business rate relief scheme is set to be introduced from the 1st of April 2018 in Wales.
The new permanent scheme means that the number of properties eligible for small business rate relief will be limited to properties in each local authority. This is aimed at preventing larger and national chain businesses benefiting from the scheme.
The plan is for relief to be targeted more effectively to help small and local businesses, with £7m every year being reinvested to help small businesses.
The SBBR scheme will also provide
· More support for the childcare sector, increasing the upper threshold for rates relief for childcare providers from £12,000 to £20,500.
· Targeted support for small hydropower projects, in line with the Budget agreement with Plaid Cymru.
· £5m of investment to extend the temporary high street rates relief scheme into 2018-19;
· An extra £1.3m for local authorities for 2018-19, to give them the power to target relief to help local businesses including those who would benefit most from the additional assistance.
Mr Drakeford has also announced an extra £9m and £22m, will be allocated in the final budget in 2018/19 and 2019/20 respectively, with the aim of switching from RPI to CPI for business rates from April next year.
The Finance Secretary also announced today an extra £9m and £22m will be allocated in the final Budget in 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively, to support the switch from RPI to CPI for business rates from April 2018.
Professor Drakeford has said that the introduction of a permanent small business rates relief scheme next year would “provide certainty and security for small businesses in Wales.” The permanent scheme would see the Welsh Government maintain their level of support for small businesses after £110m of support this year. Mr Drakeford added that “the scheme will target effective support to businesses – helping to create jobs and deliver benefits to the local communities”
Changes to the Small Business Rates Relief scheme are being introduced following a public consultation on a permanent scheme in the autumn.
There are currently four defribillators based in Pontypridd Town Centre based at:
The Patriot Bar
25B Taff Street
Tel No: 01443 407915
Wales Air Ambulance
75 Taff Street
Tel No: 01443 491408
Tel No: 0300 004 0000
South Wales Police
Tel No: 01443 743654
South Wales Police Taff team are currently fundraising to get more defibrillators in the town centre. On Saturday the 16th of December, the SWP Taff team will have a Santa’s grotto in Pontypridd Market which with free entry. Please feel free to talk to the SWP Taff team and make a donation to help raise money to put more defrbillators in the town.
You can donate and help the cause right now by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pontypriddnpt - any support would be much appreciated, and don't forget to visit Pontypridd Market on the 16th of December.