Posted on Tuesday 17th July 2012
An artist's impression of Library Square once completed
Residents and visitors to Aberdare cannot fail to be impressed by the scale and quality of work currently being undertaken in their town centre – and nowhere is this better represented than Library Square.
Recognised as a key location in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s £7.7million regeneration scheme for the town, Library Square is being transformed into an attractive public space that everyone can enjoy.
The improvements in this key location have introduced high quality design and public realm features, uniting Library Square with the rest of the town centre and creating a natural public meeting place outside the well-used Aberdare Library.
This exciting new development is also yet further proof of the ongoing commitment to deliver an efficient, impressive town centre regeneration and establish Aberdare as a flourishing South Wales destination.
As works progress, the public can see the new layout of this area taking shape. A brighter, more open space with quality new paving and design is being revealed.
The finished area will include: -
a new stage area, its backdrop being an impressive new wall featuring letters spelling out ‘Aberdare’
new seating areas
a new setting for the display of information relating to Aberdare’s Heritage Trail
an attractive plaque to be set in the floor commemorating Cwmaman’s esteemed poet Alun Lewis
Along with easier access and a new attractive setting for the Library with greenery and trees, it is also hoped that this new space will provide a more functional area to allow for community events throughout the year.
The new square will also have an easier and more open pedestrian link to the town centre via the new crossing at High Street.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Community Safety Cllr Paul Cannon said: “The impressive work already undertaken at Library Square gives a clear indication of how incredibly important this public space is to the regeneration of Aberdare.
“With a new stage area, quality seating and paving, along with shrubbery and trees, the transformation of Library Square will be superb. It will give the town a new area of focus which can be utilised for public performances or simply as a place for people to sit, meet and enjoy the surrounding area.”
Works continue at a pace throughout the whole of Aberdare as the Council and construction contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd deliver streetscape improvements that focus on four key areas and involve new footpaths and carriageways using quality natural stone paving and beautiful features such as walls, steps, quality seating and more.
The cash injection has come from the Welsh Assembly Government through the European Regional Development Fund, Heads of the Valleys Programme and Targeted Match Funding, plus the Council’s own financial resources, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and private sector contributions.
For further details visit www.myaberdare.com