RCT Together is the Council’s forward thinking approach to engaging with its residents and communities about how they can work together to explore alternative delivery models, which could maintain services and facilities in the future.
“Expressions of interest” can be submitted to the Council on proposals to sustain buildings that are either declared surplus or are still currently active.
RCT Council have declared the following Council properties surplus to their needs. Prior to putting these properties on the open market, we would like to explore with community and voluntary organisations across RCT whether these buildings can be utilised as “Assets of Community Value” and deliver services which meet the need of the broader community and contributes to and addresses the key priorities laid out in RCT Council’s Single Integrated Plan “Delivering Change”, Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
We will provide a "30 day Window of Opportunity" for any community groups wishing to submit an initial expression of interest for the potential leasehold transfer of these buildings for community use.
Subject to your expression of interest you will then have up to 12 weeks to provide a fully costed Business Plan which will need to evidence that your proposals meets the needs of the community and are both viable and sustainable.
NB. The 30 Day Window of Opportunity ensures equity of opportunity and fairness to all community groups who may wish to declare an interest.
If you wish to submit an initial Expression of Interest for the following buildings please contact;
Debra Hanney, RCT County Borough Council, Corporate Estates, Valleys Innovation Centre, Abercynon, RCT, CF45 4SN or email to RCTtogether@rctcbc.gov.uk before the closing deadline.
If you require any further information or support to progress your proposals, please telephone Debra Hanney on 01443 744517 or 07880 044520 who will be able to advise and signpost to appropriate support agencies.
Opportunities for community/voluntary group leases
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Rhydyfelin Community Centre
Duffryn Rd, Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, RCT, CF37 5RW
We have received an Expression of Interest from an RCT based group who wish to take over the management of the Centre to develop services that have been more and more restricted to the community over these more austere times.
With a long track record of engaging and consulting with communities, the group want to work closely with the community to encourage local participation and collaboration in the development of the Community Centre by;
Explore opportunities for venue hire with partner agencies and the community and support local community groups to access funding to cover costs of room hire at the centre by providing Information and Advice surgeries, healthy eating clubs, therapeutic classes, community groups, agency meetings and conference/event hire etc.
- Increasing volunteering opportunities to deliver a wider programme of services;
- Strengthen links with agency partners to deliver services collaboratively;
- Provide accredited training to increase employment opportunities for local people by utilising the quality kitchen to deliver accredited training, skills and knowledge in catering.
- Sustain the facility through income from activities such as children’s weekend play, parties, tea dances, chair aerobics, creative movement classes, annual fetes, community theatre events and Christmas Bazaars.
- Provide a Coffee Bar for training purposes that can extend into afternoon cream teas for older adults, coffee morning sessions, refreshments for centre users.
Part of the Former Genesis Day Nursery, Penygawsi Nursery
Tir Meibion Lane, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8DJ
Situated in the grounds opposite the car park in Llantrisant
Leisure Centre, there is currently space available within the former Genesis Day Nursery. The white area is currently occupied by another tenant. The blue highlighted areas are the common/shared areas within the building. The remaining area hatched in pink is available to occupy. This area consists of the former cots area (16.2), baby room (37.1), small kitchen (4.0) and the former first aid room (8.0). There is also an office space area (8.8), with the potential use as a staff room on a shared basis or as a (9.1).
Former Rhiwgarn Infants School
|The main building appears to have been constructed circa 1970, single storey with a shallow pitched and felted floor over the majority of the main building. The walls are a mixture of facing (painted) brickwork with vertical cladding. A large percentage of the external walls have glazed panelled areas which were replaced in 2011. The site has a detached classroom located on a higher level. This building also has a flat felted roof covering with the wall construction being similar to the main building. Although the windows were not replaced in 2011 they are of double glazed UPVC. The boundaries are defined by steel palisade fencing to the rear and adjacent to the houses with the front elevation being of solid brickwork construction.
NB. Where possible RCT Council will favour complementary and collaborative proposals which demonstrate maximising the use and sustainability of community assets and services.
If you wish to discuss your proposal before completing the Expression of Interest form, please contact Debra Hanney on 01443 744517 or 07880 044520.
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