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
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
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 This continued work will revitalise the currently outdated street scene, and ensure Pontypridd once more becomes a major visitors’ destination in the South Wales Valleys...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
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 This continued work will revitalise the currently outdated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.