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The Council will soon begin the refurbishment of changing rooms at four leisure centres across the County Borough, after a £750,000 investment through #RCTinvest was agreed last year.

The significant funding was agreed by Cabinet in October – and subsequently Full Council in November – and is in addition to the £3m that has already been invested in leisure centre improvements in recent years as part of the wider ongoing £200m #RCTinvest scheme.

The three-quarters-of-a-million pound investment in changing rooms will deliver improved facilities at Bronwydd Pool in Porth, Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad, Sobell Leisure Centre in Aberdare and Abercynon Sports Centre.

The first scheme will take place at Bronwydd Pool from February 12, and works are due to be completed by April 2018. This will include changing room refurbishment and additional pool redecoration.

The Pool’s fitness facility will remain open with modified opening hours for the duration of the works. The gym will open from 8am to 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays, 8am to 7pm on Fridays, and 8am to 3pm on weekends.

As a necessary measure to deliver the improvements, the swimming pool at Bronwydd will close for the duration of the works. Residents are advised that alternative swimming provision is available nearby, including at Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad.

The second changing rooms scheme will start at Rhondda Sports Centre in late March, ending in early June. The Centre’s pool will not close during these works because of alternative changing room provision at the facility.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “This £750,000 investment in changing room improvements at four of the Council’s leisure facilities builds upon the significant recent funding in Leisure, as a key area of investment in the ongoing £200m #RCTinvest scheme.

“The Council has revealed ambitious plans to provide every resident with an all-weather outdoor 3G pitch within a three-mile radius – no matter where they live in the County Borough. There has also been vast investment in the very latest gym equipment in our leisure centres, with the new fitness centre in Llantrisant, which opened recently, the latest in a long list of recent upgrades.

“The first changing room scheme will get underway at Bronwydd Pool in February. While the gym facility will remain open, the works require the necessary temporary closure of the swimming pool in order for the changing rooms to be upgraded and additional pool redecoration to be completed.

“The Council will work closely with contractors to complete the works as quickly as possible, and I would like to thank residents and pool users in advance for their cooperation.”

The third and fourth schemes at Sobell and Abercynon are scheduled for later this year. The Council will communicate details about these in due course.

For more details about the Council’s leisure facilities, classes, Leisure for Life membership options and more, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/leisure.
Posted on Monday 5th February 2018

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