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Cabinet Members to receive progress update on Muni Arts Centre

Cabinet Members will shortly receive an update on the progress made in the community asset transfer of the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd.

At the upcoming Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, December 17, Members will receive a presentation from Awen Cultural Trust, a registered charity, concerning its proposed refurbishment and restoration of the building.

In June 2019, the Council agreed to enter formal negotiations with Awen as its preferred bidder to secure a sustainable and positive future for the building on Gelliwastad Road.

At that time, Cabinet agreed to take forward a tenancy with the company, having considered the business plan received for the proposed asset transfer. Detailed negotiations have since been held between the Council and Awen – to determine the level of investment required to enable the Muni to reopen, along with the terms of the lease and the necessary financial support required.

Awen has engaged Purcell, a renowned architectural practice specialising in bringing new life to heritage buildings, to develop the plans and produce costs.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the presentation by Awen Cultural Trust at the next Cabinet Meeting, to see its vision for revitalising the Muni Arts Centre. It follows close negotiations with the Council since June 2019, when Awen was appointed as the preferred bidder to take any potential future project forward.

We all want to see a positive and secure future for the Muni, which is a much-loved asset for communities in Pontypridd and beyond. The presentation next week will allow Members to see what is being proposed in more detail, which will be important in helping us consider the next steps in this process.”