The Council has successfully secured £218,000 external funding to provide the next phase of interim Property Flood Resistance (PFR) measures to more than 230 further residential properties across Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

The first phase of the Local Sources PFR Project was successfully delivered in partnership with Vision Products, which is a supported business as part of the Council. Vision Products delivers a range of products and services while supporting adults with disabilities to overcome the barriers to employment, while providing them with the opportunities to attain skills and qualifications.

Phase one of project included the installation of interim PFR measures on 222 properties, and the new funding will allow the Council to work in collaboration with Natural Resources Wales, and again in partnership with Vision Products, to deliver the next phase – in relation to a further 233 residential properties.

The new funding has been secured through a combination of Phase 2 of Welsh Government’s Local Sources PFR Project (£85,000) and the NRW Main River PFR Project (£133,000) – and will permit the installation of expandable flood barriers and other interim measures to properties.

In February 2020, Storm Dennis caused unprecedented damage to County Borough communities, with 1,476 properties internally flooded. This was one of four storms which took place in quick succession up to March 1, 2020, as Rhondda Cynon Taf saw its most significant flooding since the 1970s.

The Council remains committed to securing funding for longer-term repairs to damaged infrastructure, with more than £17m committed to date to deliver or progress more than 100 flood-related schemes. The most recent landmarks in this effort have enabled the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, and M&S Bridge at Ynysangharad Park, to reopen following repair projects – while work has resumed to rebuild the river wall at Blaen-y-Cwm Road.

Posted on Wednesday 5th May 2021