Investment priorities

Cabinet could agree a one-off £5.8m investment in key priority areas – which would see significant additional funding for Extra Care, the Bryn Pica Eco Park, Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link and A4119 dualling scheme.

At their meeting on September 24, Cabinet Members will consider a report which sets out the Council’s position on one-off resources available, following a review of earmarked reserves. It provides an opportunity for the Council to further invest in its priorities, aligned to its Corporate Plan. These include:

  • Highways Structures (£1m) – to continue to repair and maintain more than 1,500 structures including bridges, retaining walls and culverts.
  • Flood Alleviation Works (£150,000) – to continue the development of flood alleviation schemes, including their design and construction.
  • Making Better Use/Traffic Management (£500,000) – new funding to tackle congestion at peak travel periods and improve road safety.
  • Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link (£1m) – this funding will bring the total invested in the major Cynon Valley traffic scheme to £15.785m.
  • A4119 dualling, Coedely to Ynysmaerdy (£1m) – funding to support design, ecological surveys, planning work and the purchase of land.
  • Treorchy Link Road (£100,000) – to continue investigatory works for a solution to help alleviate traffic congestion at Stag Square.
  • Bryn Pica Eco Park (£1m) – to continue the Park’s development, to provide competitive commercial facilities for recycling organisations.
  • Extra Care (£1m) – to help deliver a strategy to modernise residential options for older people, including five brand new Extra Care facilities.
  • Community Enabling Fund (£50,000) – to continue the support for the Council’s RCT Together approach within local communities.

If agreed on Tuesday, the investment will be recommended by Cabinet Members to Full Council, at the upcoming meeting in October 2019.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “This further investment in Council priority areas will be considered by Cabinet on Tuesday and, if agreed, put before Full Council next month. The Officer report to Cabinet highlights the possibility of a one-off £5.8m investment through releasing earmarked reserves, which could be allocated across a number of priority service areas and capital projects.

“This is the eighth occasion in recent years that Officers have been able to put forward one-off funding for targeted priorities, due to this Council’s prudent financial management. This has resulted in £90m of additional resources, over and above the Council’s Capital Programme, being invested since October 2015. The latest proposals follow a £23.554m investment agreed by Cabinet, and subsequently Full Council, during October 2018.

“The latest proposals would see £1m each allocated to the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link and the A4119 dualling from Coedely to Ynysmaerdy – which are major Welsh Government-supported schemes to increase traffic flow at peak times. There is also a proposed £1m investment to continue to repair and maintain important structures which support our Highways network.

“The proposed funding also contains a £1m allocation for Extra Care, as part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to modernise accommodation options for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf. This includes building five new Extra Care facilities in Aberaman, Pontypridd, Porth, Mountain Ash and Treorchy.

“A £1m funding allocation for the Bryn Pica Eco Park is also proposed. This is an exciting project planned for the Council’s Waste Management Facility in Llwydcoed, to help turn more of our own waste into a resource by collecting and re-using the waste materials produced on site – such as heat and electrical energy. The Eco Park would be the first of its kind in Wales.

"Despite recent times of austerity, the Council has continued to bring forward significant targeted investment across a wide range of services, for the benefit of County Borough residents – and I’m looking forward to discussing this next identified opportunity with Cabinet Members on Tuesday.”

Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2019

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