RCT Council have received the following “Expressions of Interest” from community organisations who:
  • Are interested in running a Council service or taking over a Council building in their local community.
  • Have offered creative solutions on how local services could be run differently in partnership with the Council or directly by them or members of their community.

We will provide a "30 day Window of Opportunity" for any community groups wishing to submit their own proposals for the following asset(s) and/or service(s) transfers in order to ensure equity of opportunity and fairness to all community groups.

If you wish to submit an Expression of Interest for the follows asset(s) or service(s), please complete our Expression of Interest Form (which can be found at the bottom of our RCT Together Webpage www.rctcbc.gov.uk/rcttogether)

and submit by the closing date shown below either by post to Debra Hanney, RCT County Borough Council, Corporate Estates, Ty Trevithick, Abercynon, Mountain Ash. CF45 4UQ

 or email to RCTtogether@rctcbc.gov.uk.  If you wish to discuss your proposal before completing the Expression of Interest form, please contact Debra Hanney on 01443 281188 or 07880 044520.  

Equally if your group have your own ideas for running or managing a service or building which are not listed below, you are still able to submit your own Expression of Interest.  We will then advise you separately if your proposal can be progressed.

Date EnteredAsset or ServiceProposals Received to DateClosing date for submission of Expressions of Interest


Land at the former YTS site in Abernant. 


(This lies behind Abernant Primary School and lies between the allotments behind Abernant Rd, Forge Place, Aberdare Golf Club and Greenways)

The aim of the organisation is to promote and encourage participation in equestrian sporting activities.  We want to manage an equestrian training facility for the benefit of local riding clubs, horse riders and the local community.  We want to be able to organise equestrian events and activities and plan to work in partnership with organisations in the community who may be able to make use of the facilities for a variety of appropriate uses.



Ferndale Infants School

1)     To provide a fully accessible inclusive service to children and young people with and without a disability and also increasing the use by the community. We are looking to expand our service offering a range of activities together with the delivery of life skills projects such as cooking and gardening, that may help develop skills needed to live independently, or to run a local youth club, enable children and young people to start their own social enterprise through gardening or arts and crafts projects for example.  We want to ensure that all activities are fully inclusive. We would utilise the kitchen area of the building to run OCN accreditation projects for children and young people and members within the community. 

2)     To provide an Intergenerational Community Centre with opportunities for childcare, intergenerational events and community activities. Our proposal will will benefit the local and wider communities providing accessible training opportunities within the locality to support their current or future employment opportunities as well as providing opportunities for developing social skills, reducing isolation and affordable childcare.



Penygraig Paddling Pool


We would like to re-open the paddling pool in the park.  It is an important community facility and by doing so, encourage the local community to become empowered and active citizens by managing this gem of the community. It would also develop capacity in community and promote shared use of the paddling pool through a collaborative approach between public, private, voluntary and community sectors. The work we propose would also, obviously safeguard the pool for community use and benefit for future generations.



Dare Valley - Outdoor Education Centre

We want to improve the physical, mental, social and educational wellbeing of every child and adult in RCT, by providing simple and quality access to the outdoors and extend of knowledge and expertise of how to utilise the outdoors in a sustainable, fun and beneficial manner.


We propose to create a Green Hwb at Dare Valley Park consisting of a Nature Kindergarten for 2-5 year olds, and a range of outdoor activities accessible to young people and adults.


In creating the Green Hwb and Nature Kindergarten; we will create a minimum of 10 jobs within the next 12 months and access to 600 hours of focused conservation volunteer work. The Nature Kindergarten will provide up to 30 part-time and full-time places for children aged 3-4 to come to gain a unique equational experience and physical development experience.


Our proposal will not only contribute to a stronger economy through job creation; it will contribute to increased traffic to Aberdare and Dare Valley Country Park and the related services on-site, thus strengthening revenue and job creation. 


NB. Where possible RCT Council will favour complementary and collaborative proposals which demonstrate maximising the use and sustainability of community assets and services.

Groups will be advised in writing if their Expressions of Interest can be progressed (or not) to the Business Plan Stage.

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