The Council has been granted permission to confirm the compulsory purchase of land in Mountain Ash required for the Cross Valley Link Scheme – the latest major landmark for the project.
The Welsh Government informed the Council of this permission on February 12, and the Local Authority can now begin the process of confirming the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). This is a long-standing ambition for the Council which is required in order for the flagship Scheme to be progressed.
The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link Scheme will see a 60-metre bridge built from Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate to Miskin Road, providing a key link for traffic between the A4059 and B4275. A successful 2017 saw major Highway improvements begin at Cardiff Road and the A4059/Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate junction – including various other works on site.
Construction of the Cross Valley Link road itself is on course to begin in summer 2018, while the overall project is due for completion by 2019/2020.
In order to progress the wider development the Council has been able to, and is in the process of, purchasing various areas of land. However, there are plots of land on the west of the development site under unknown ownership. In 2015, the Council began the process of compulsory purchase for these areas of land – and has now been informed this was successful.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link Scheme continues to progress well in all aspects, and this latest milestone follows on quickly from the positive news in January, that the Council has secured an additional £500,000 Welsh Government funding, bringing the total current allocation to more than £9m.
“The Council has been successful in purchasing land throughout the Scheme but, for the remaining plots where ownership is unknown, the process was more difficult. After it was found that no historical records listed any detail of land ownership, the Council began the CPO process.
“The Welsh Government has now informed the Council that it can confirm the CPO, which will enable us to proceed with plans for the project. This represents a significant milestone for the scheme. Once confirmed, the Council’s contractors will be able to access the areas of land in question.
"On site, the Scheme continues to progress very well, with the major works to widen the A4059/Cwm Cynon junction visibly taking shape. They will be followed by construction works to the new bridge over the river and railway line this summer, as the main construction phase gets underway.”
Posted on Wednesday 14th February 2018