The Council will host a public exhibition in Tonypandy to present detailed plans for major Town Centre improvement works, which will be delivered shortly thanks to a £750,000 investment.
From June 2018, the Council will begin a scheme of works in Tonypandy aimed at encouraging a greater footfall in the Town Centre – for the benefit of businesses and visitors. It follows a review of the current pedestrian arrangements at Dunraven Street, and the proposals were welcomed by local traders when presented at an initial engagement event during August 2017.
The Council undertook a wider three-week community consultation over the proposals in October and November 2017 – and feedback from businesses and residents has been considered where possible in the final design.
The Council will host a public exhibition event at Hope Church in Tonypandy on Wednesday, May 23, from 11am to 7pm.
Members of the public will be welcome to view plans for the scheme in detail, while Council Officers and the Contractor for the works will be on hand to answer any queries.
Following the scheme, vehicles will be permitted to enter Dunraven Street in a northbound direction only in a 20mph zone – bringing to an end the current pedestrianisation arrangement. It will also provide new footways, traffic calming features, crossing points and new street furniture.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“The significant Town Centre improvements being delivered in Tonypandy will encourage more people to visit the town, and create a greater passing trade for businesses. The proposals received positive feedback during the Council’s engagement with traders and the wider community in 2017.
“The Council continues its investment in priority areas through #RCTinvest, which includes improving Town Centres and future-proofing the Highways network. Last year, £20m was invested in local Highways schemes, while a £23.6m Highways Capital Programme has been identified for 2018/19.
“The major project in Tonypandy is the latest of a number of initiatives to improve the Town Centre. A one-year, £50,000 Town Centre Maintenance Grant is currently being piloted, where landlords and businesses can gain funding support from the Council to improve their shop or building fronts. That followed a move to introduce free parking last year to encourage more visitors into the town, while the provision of free Wi-Fi is being looked into.
“The engagement event on May 23 will display detailed plans of the scheme, and will offer the opportunity for residents to ask questions to Council Officers and the Contractor. The event is open to all, and I would encourage local residents to attend if they want to find out more details about this scheme.”
The information presented at the exhibition will also be made available online in due course, at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/tonypandy.