RCT Council will shortly consider proposals to stimulate the local economy, through targeted investment in infrastructure and support for businesses. Council Leader Andrew Morgan has requested Officers to develop a range of options which would support the local economy in its recovery from the impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council said: “Over recent years the Council has delivered unprecedented levels of capital investment, which in turn has created jobs, business opportunities and improved local infrastructure and services for residents; after such positive progress, the last thing our communities or the Council would want to see is this progress and momentum of investment halted, as a consequence of the circumstances caused by the pandemic.

“I firmly believe that we should instead, use the same approach we have adopted to date, to limit the impact that the economic downturn could have locally and to ensure that we continue to deliver and build upon the opportunities we have created to date.

“This is why I have asked Council Officers to look at a range of options over the summer to continue investing in infrastructure and in turn support our local economy, so that as a Council we are well placed to respond to the economic challenges ahead and any opportunities or further stimulus packages which may be created by the Welsh Government to provide economic resilience in Wales.

“Not only will this investment, continue to improve the services for residents and ensure the infrastructure which we all use and rely upon is fit for the future, it will also create local employment and support local businesses. Our approach will also consider how we can provide further and targeted support to our local businesses through this immediate period.

“I hope to ensure our approach will also create opportunities to attract new employment and inward and external investment into Rhondda Cynon Taf, potentially through similar approaches we have adopted in recent years, from the redevelopment of the former Taf Vale (now known as Llys Cadwyn) or the creation of space for business, as we are currently progressing at Coedely and Robertstown in Aberdare.

“By continuing to take this proactive approach I believe we can continue to stimulate our local economy to protect and support residents and business.”

The Leader of the Council has requested options to create an economic stimulus package for the County Borough, to be considered by the Cabinet as soon as possible and then go before full Council in September/October.

Posted on Monday 27th July 2020

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