Lee Waters AM

Deputy Minister, for Economy and Transport Lee Waters AM has shown his support of the work carried out by Treforest Growth and the network of businesses that are based on Treforest Industrial Estate.

The Estate is a major force in the Welsh economy with over 300 businesses employing over 4,000 staff and Treforest Growth aims to harness this by developing an active business community.

Over 80 businesses from the Estate attended a networking event arranged by Treforest Growth. Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters AM, attended the event to show his support for the key developments planned for the local area.

The event saw Councillor Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, open the event: “Treforest Industrial Estate is a major force in the Welsh economy with over 300 businesses employing over 4,000 staff. Optimally placed at the heart of the South Wales transport network, it is an already well-established location with many advantages, but it also has exceptional potential going forward. 

“In recognition of the key strategic location that this site has, the Council has already introduced a Local Development Order following a Cabinet decision in 2017 that has helped to remove some of the red tape around planning applications within the Industrial Estate.  This innovative initiative has already yielded a number of positive outcomes for business and traders on the estate and demonstrates the Council’s commitment to supporting local enterprise.

“The Treforest Growth collaboration aims to support these businesses to exceed their potential by providing them with a platform to engage with each other, share information and come together as a strong and forceful business community. I am pleased to be part of these events and the feedback I have received and the future plans for the area suggests that they are working to promote the area as a key business destination in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales and Internationally.”

Treforest Industrial Estate is soon to be given a welcome boost as initial works are being carried out to re-locate the existing Treforest Estate train station to a more accessible location. This is being delivered as part of the £734m South Wales Metro scheme by Transport for Wales on behalf of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and Welsh Government. The Council is working to accelerate the delivery of this strategically important development in recognition of the valuable and strategic importance of the estate as a place of employment and education.

Lewis Brencher, Director of Communications, Transport for Wales, which was established in 2015 by the Welsh Government to support its South Wales Metro vision, was also guest speaker at the networking event, which gave businesses the opportunity to discover how the scheme and the wider transportation improvements will benefit the estate and improve the wider links with businesses across South East Wales and beyond. There was also an opportunity for businesses to ask questions. 

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member with responsibilities for highways, Councillor Andrew Morgan, who also attended the event, said:

“Rhondda Cynon Taf is set to be one of the main beneficiaries of the South Wales Metro project once it is implemented and I am pleased to see the valuable and strategic importance of Treforest Industrial Estate recognised.

“The new station which will be re-located near the Grade A Department of Works and Pensions Offices are game-changing anchor developments for the Estate and Rhondda Cynon Taf, which will create opportunities and attract further investment. A Stage C assessment report has now been commissioned and £280,000 has been allocated to get things started as soon as possible.

"The Metro will bring significantly-improved trains, more efficient services and a greater number of journeys once rolled out, and this is no less than our communities deserve.  Improving our public transport infrastructure remains a core priority for the Council, and we will continue to work with the Welsh Government and our neighbouring Authorities to ensure these are delivered.”

Treforest Growth is a networking group for businesses on Treforest Industrial Estate hosted by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Coleg y Cymoedd. The well-established group meet quarterly to discuss issues, share information, network and invite guest speakers to further their wider knowledge base.

The Treforest Growth networking groups are open to all businesses based within Treforest Industrial Estate. For more information or to attend the next networking session call 01443 281124 or email regeneration@rctcbc.gov.uk

Posted on Thursday 17th October 2019

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