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Cabinet has agreed the second phase of the Council’s supplementary Capital Programmes for 2020/21 – which has confirmed the combined investment of almost £31m across Highways and Education services this year. 

In May 2020, separate Capital Programmes for Highways and Transportation (£25.02m) and Education and Inclusion Services (£5.78m) were agreed via delegated decision, as all Council meetings were suspended due to the Coronavirus emergency. In usual circumstances, each programme is agreed for the entire financial year, but due to the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, each programme for 2020/21 is being reviewed in two phases.

The delegated decisions in May agreed the first phases of each respective Programme, with delivery progressing during the first half of the financial year. At their meeting on Thursday, September 24, Cabinet Members agreed to the second phase of each Programme, to commence delivery during the second half of the financial year.

Highways and Transportation Capital Programme for 2020/21

The £25.02m Capital Programme has two main allocations – £15.25m for Highways Technical Services (to safeguard the long-term integrity of the highway network) and £9.76m for Strategic Projects (enhancing the network).

The 2020/21 Programme includes £1.1m of new investment for the Llanharan Bypass, £4.98m for the A4119 dualling scheme, £225,000 for the A465 Cynon Gateway North, £500,000 for Tonyrefail Roundabout, £375,000 for the Park and Ride Programme and £540,000 for Flood Risk Management Schemes. Funding is also allocated to improve local carriageways (£6.3m), footways (£1.35m), park structures (£1m) and highway structures (£6.05m).

Education and Inclusion Capital Programme for 2020/21

The £5.78m allocation is the latest annual funding for the ongoing programme of maintenance across the school estate – to ensure buildings remain safe, warm and fit-for-purpose. The Programme was formed while considering a range of factors including property surveys, asset management priorities, health and safety, Estyn reports and carbon emissions, along with the need to assist children with mobility needs and to provide flexible teaching spaces.

Funding allocations include kitchen improvements (£350,000), toilet refurbishments (£420,000), essential works (£1.69m), boiler replacements (£350,000), roof renewals (£900,000) and other planned works including window and door replacements, electrical rewiring, firm alarm upgrades, equality compliance works, 3G pitch maintenance and IT installations.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “Cabinet has agreed to continue with the delivery of the second phase of this year’s £25.02m Highways Capital Programme, which focuses on a number of priority areas – including maintaining our roads and footways, repair schemes to highway structures and strategic projects to improve areas of the highway network.

“The Programme also commits the Council to progressing a number of major schemes such as the Llanharan Bypass, A4119 dualling from Coed Ely to Ynysmaerdy, and the Cynon Valley Gateway North which will extend the Aberdare Bypass – all for delivery in future financial years. The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link is also very nearly complete, and will fulfil a long-term aspiration for the community and the Council when it is delivered shortly.”

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, added: “The Capital Programme enables important improvements to our school buildings and sites, to ensure they are safe, fit-for-purpose environments for young people and school staff. Typical work carried out each year ranges from essential work to improving and maintaining our schools’ boilers, toilets, roofs, IT and fire alarms.

“Cabinet’s agreement to progress the second phase of the Programme will now allow the remaining £3m improvements to commence. This annual investment is in addition to the funding the Council provides, in partnership with Welsh Government, to provide exciting 21st Century facilities for our schools – with the £10.2m Hirwaun Primary School project the next to be completed very soon.”

Posted on Thursday 24th September 2020

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