Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has begun work to improve Porth Plaza, so it can better meet the needs of the community.
As part of the ongoing commitment by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to deliver a number of Community Hubs across RCT, work has started at Porth Plaza, Porth.
Following the successful development of Canolfan Pennar in Mountain Ash and Hwb - Ferndale – both of which have seen huge increases in footfall and library memberships, and locally delivered support services, the development of Porth Plaza will be the third Community Hub in the County Borough.
Community Hubs provide a range of citizen-based services in one building, allowing the Council and partners to offer a broad programme of activities to meet the needs of groups and individuals within the community.
The development in Porth Plaza will incorporate a modern library, a children’s area, flexible community rooms for public use, public access computers and employment support services, whilst retaining the appointment based One4All advice service.
In addition, the Porth Plaza development will include an adult ‘Changing Place’ which will provide the necessary space and equipment (electric hoist, tracking and bed) for more people to get out and about, and enjoy the day-to-day activities that many of us take for granted.
The Porth Plaza Community Hub development, which sees investment of over £400,000 is scheduled to be completed, and operational, by Spring 2020 with transitional building work commencing after the Christmas period.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Wellbeing & Cultural Services said: “It’s great to see that work has started on the Council’s third Community Hub in Porth.
“The Community Hub model is something the Council will be progressing over the next few years. It is our intention to roll out at least 10 of these facilities across RCT, where they will form a crucial part of our wider neighbourhood networks in connecting the Council not only with our residents, but also with other not-for-profit, voluntary and third sector providers.
“By creating a Community Hub in Porth, we make sure we are taking full advantage of the Porth Regeneration Strategy, which seeks to improve both public transport in the town with the introduction of a Transport Hub and Station Quarter, as well increase footfall, employment and visitors to the town.
“The Council’s Community Hubs are bringing communities together and services they value closer to them.”
During the period of work, access to the building via the high street will be temporarily changed, and access to the building and existing services/community rooms will be via the rear of the building. Temporary signs have been placed outside and inside the building, and minimal disruption to service is expected.
Posted on Thursday 9th January 2020