Treorchy has won both Welsh Champion High Street and overall High Street of the Year in the UK at the Great British High Street Awards 2019.

The Great British High Street Awards recognise the UK’s best high streets that have exceptionally strong local communities, and who are leading the way to the high streets of the future.

Treorchy is well known for its bustling High Street, and with an overwhelming number of independent traders and boutique shops it has bucked the UK trend.

Councillor Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development & Housing said: “Treorchy is a perfect example of how a community, businesses and the public sector can work together to achieve positive outcomes.

“I would like to congratulate the Treorchy Chamber of Trade, local businesses and the community, who have all contributed to the success of Treorchy as a thriving town, with continuing opportunities and optimism for the future.

“The people of Treorchy have worked extremely hard to support their town centre, and traders have continued to react to the needs of the community by creating new ventures whilst continuing to evolve existing businesses.

“The Council has been proud to support and partner with the community of Treorchy, such as through the introduction of the Town Centre Maintenance Grant, which allows businesses and landlords to undertake maintenance works to improve the building fronts of town centre properties, and which has benefitted many Treorchy traders.

“The Council, in partnership with the town, also organises an annual Christmas event in Treorchy, which includes a large parade and fair rides, helping to increase the number of visitors to our town centres, and allowing them to see what’s on offer in the town and, of course, grab some festive bargains or celebrate with a meal or drink in a local café or bar.

“Further to this, the Council will be introducing free pubilc wi-fi in Treorchy town centre this year, helping people stay connected when out and about, while also looking at ways to reduce the burden of Business Rates on local businesses.

“RCT Council looks forward to continue to work with the traders in Treorchy over the coming year, and continuing to support the town centre to thrive, and once again congratulates the community on winning not just the award for the Best High Street in Wales, but also the Best High Street in the UK!”

As well as support to businesses, the Council assists in supporting events and initiatives in Treorchy. The Council helps to support and part fund the increasingly successful Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT), a month long event of entertainment, music and performing arts, which attracts thousands of visitors to the area.

Developing tourism and economic growth in the area are key priorities for the Council, which have been given a major boost by Zip World, which aims to utilise land at the nearby Rhigos Mountain and the former colliery site, near Rhigos Road in Hirwaun, to create three zip wire courses and visitor experience.

Further tourism developments include ongoing plans to reopen the Rhondda Tunnel as a tourism route from Blaencwm to Blaengwynfi, Neath Port Talbot, providing the longest cycle tunnel in Europe and the second longest in the world.

Posted on Friday 24th January 2020

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