Q -Why is the redevelopment office led not retail?
A – A number of previous proposals led by the private sector for a retail led development have failed. An office led scheme will see footfall significantly increased in the town centre, create jobs for the benefit of residents across Rhondda Cynon Taf and, by virtue of their being more people based in the town centre, make Pontypridd a more attractive proposition for retailers. The Council took expect advice from commercial property specialists when developing its proposals that stated a retail led scheme would not be viable or deliverable in today’s climate.
Q – Why are Transport for Wales going to be based in Pontypridd and how will this have a positive impact?
A – Pontypridd is at the heart of the wider Cardiff Capital Region and the decision by Welsh Government to locate the new Transport for Wales headquarters in the redeveloped Taff Vale site reflects the strategic importance of Pontypridd. Transport for Wales will also bring with it new jobs and opportunities for residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Q – How is the project being funded?
A – The project will be funded through the Council’s Capital Investment programme – RCTinvest – with support from Welsh Government and access to grants which support capital investment.
Q – Why is the Council relocating the Library and opening a new gym?
A – There are currently no Council run gym facilities in Pontypridd and the new gym will plug this gap in provision and encourage more visitors to the town centre. The relocation of Pontypridd Library will allow service users to benefit from state of the art, modern facilities.
Q – What is a Customer Contact Point?
A – This is somewhere residents, service users and visitors can come to find out and about council services and transact with the Council. It will be equipped with the latest technology which will allow customers to take advantage of the range of services the council provides online.
Q – Will there be a new bridge into Ynysangharad War Memorial Park?
A – Proposals to construct a bridge which would link the redeveloped Taff Vale site with the park are being explored in conjunction with the project.
Q – What else is being done to regenerate Pontypridd?
A – Pontypridd has benefitted from significant investment of over £10M in recent years to improve the streetscene. A new Business Improvement District has been established which sees businesses in Pontypridd work together to identify and fund further improvements. Pontypridd Train Station has recently been improved and work is ongoing to regenerate the former YMCA building.