Posted on Monday 18th June 2012
Aberdare Regeneration Takes Shape
Aberdare’s multi-million-pound regeneration continues to push forward, with the latest phase of work beginning in the town centre.
All involved in the extensive, £7.7m programme to protect and celebrate the magnificent history of the town while also creating an exciting, modern, destination are pleased with the exceptional progress being made.
Work on behalf of the Council by Alun Griffiths (Construction) Ltd remains on track to be completed this winter, as milestones are completed ahead of schedule.
This includes the most recent key works in High St close to Library Square, using high-quality design and materials to link this area to the town centre, incorporating it into the overall new environment.
The next phase of traffic management will begin on July 2 with the closure of Canon Street to vehicles, which will run for up to six weeks during the holiday season. The timescales for the closure are deliberate, to take advantage of the lighter traffic during the holiday season, thereby reducing the impact on the public while essential works take place.
The closure is necessary to allow the replacement and improvement of the road surface in Canon Street. The traffic management measures will include closing the north end of Duke Street to reduce the potential for traffic to short cut through the residential streets.
For the duration of the closure, northbound traffic can continue to use the town centre streets, while southbound traffic will be diverted via the bypass. View the diversion route as a PDF map.
Cllr Paul Cannon, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Safety, said: “The transformation of Aberdare in recent weeks has really been quite remarkable.
“Thanks to the exceptional work of our contractors and the support and patience we have been shown by residents and town centre businesses, the multi-million-pound regeneration of this wonderful town has really taken shape.
“Of course the traffic management continues to cause concern and inconvenience and we do apologise for that, but it is wholly necessary and all efforts are made to keep disruption to a minimum.
“Many of the key milestones in the regeneration programme have been completed ahead of schedule and the overall scheme remains on course for completion in Winter, proof that we are working effectively and efficiently to deliver investment to the town.
“As well as the historical celebration and environmental enhancement that is clear for everyone to see, people also need to be aware that the regeneration includes the chance, via the Townscape Enhancement Programme (TEP) scheme for town centre property owners to secure financial assistance to improve the appearance of their properties. There are already successful examples of this in the town and others are invited to follow suit.”
Find out more about progress, latest news and how you can benefit from TEP at My Aberdare
You can also visit the My Aberdare information stall in the Market between 12pm and 4pm every Wednesday.