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Pontypridd chosen as a Strategic Opportunity Area

  • By Your Pontypridd
  • 22 Sep, 2017

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

  • Cynon Gateway – Energizing the Region
  • The Wider Pontypridd, Treforest – Edge of the City, Heart of the Region
  • Pontypridd Town – Pivotal in the Region
  • A4119 Corridor: Regional Rhondda Gateway
  • Llanilid on the M4: Driving the Regional Economy

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 underused site.

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.

19. Treforest Broadway Enhancements this gateway to the town offers residential improvement opportunities which need to be developed in partnership.

The full report with details of the five areas and projects  is here 

Recent Posts

By James Payne 13 Dec, 2017

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.

By James Payne 13 Dec, 2017

Forget Me Not
A brand-new play by Avant Cymru

“It’s not the man who has the most, who gives the most away”

Through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Avant Cymru have worked with communities in Pontypridd and the Rhondda Valley to research and discover the stories from World War I –particularly about the effect it had on the people who left for the war, and the people who were left behind. Using these stories as inspiration, Avant Cymru are producing a brand new theatrical promenade experience at 1:30pm and 7:30pm Pontypridd Museum, 25-27th January 2018. Tickets are priced £10 and £8, and can be purchased from our website.

Artistic Director of Avant Cymru, and Director of Forget Me Not, Rachel Pedley: “Knowing that it’s the centenary of the last year of World War I, we wanted to mark what the people of the Valleys contributed at home and on the front-line. Research was a really important part of this, and so working with Glamorgan Archives, Pontypridd Museum and local
people was crucial to make sure we found the facts and stories that remember the contribution from Valleys residents.

We’ve been so inspired by what we’ve found – letters were an important form of communication, and this will play a big part in the storyline. Real words from actual soldiers have inspired the dialogue, and the storyline has been influenced through people’s experiences in trench life, the chapel and at home – the audience will get to be part of this through our exciting and interactive approach. “

The cast includes Daniel Rochford – originally from Pontypridd, Daniel was in S4C and BBC’s Hinterland/ Y Gwyll, and appears regularly as Ifan Harri-Parri in The Harri-Parris Radio Show on BBC Radio Walesand BBC Radio 4. He’s looking forward to being able to perform in his hometown, a chance not often presented to him.

We are particularly excited to bring this production to Pontypridd, a town rich in artistic history but now lacking when it comes to new, exciting and risky theatre. The town has shown its support through Pontypridd Town Council and Your Pontypridd, alongside RCT Theatres and RCT Council. On top of that, ticket holders can get 15% off at New York Pancake Department by displaying their ticket – it is open until 8pm on each night of the show.

ABOUT AVANT

Avant Cymru are a forward-thinking theatre company from the South Wales Valleys. We produce professional shows with and for our community and perform these locally, nationally and internationally to showcase inspiring, compelling and relevant stories from the Valleys. Find out more about us here.

Examples of our most recent work:

Killer Cells review
• Rhondda Road feature, review – also will be featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales w/c 4th December 2017

In Autumn/Winter 2018, we will be performing and touring Blue Scar – a Hip Hop dance tale from the proud past of the South Wales Valleys. 

Follow us @AvantCymru
hello@avant.cyrmu
07834 402953

For further information and pictures or to arrange interviews and press tickets, please contact

Producer Alan Humphreys – alan@avant.cymru / 07817 132754
http://www.avant.cymru @avantcymru
By James Payne 08 Dec, 2017

There are currently four defribillators based in Pontypridd Town Centre based at: 


The Patriot Bar
25B Taff Street
Pontypridd
Tel No:  01443 407915

Wales Air Ambulance
75 Taff Street 
Pontypridd
Tel No: 01443 491408

Lido Ponty
Ynysangharad Park
Tel No: 0300 004 0000

South Wales Police
Berw Road
Pontypridd
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. 


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