Local politicians have responded to the news that three projects by Rhondda Cynon Taf have received money for Leveling Up.
The Muni Arts Center in Pontypridd, the Porth Transport Hub, and the A4119 duality programs have all been successful in securing program funding from the UK government.
Funding of £ 121million will be earmarked for 10 specific projects in Wales, meaning the Muni will receive £ 5.3million, the Porth transport hub will receive £ 3.5million and the dualling A4119 will receive £ 11.4million.
The funding was announced by British Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the 2021 budget announcement on Wednesday, October 27.
The objective of the Muni project is to put the building back into service, to secure the building’s heritage and to celebrate its Gothic architecture while establishing it as a place of sustainable and unique regional art and music.
The Porth transport hub is part of the council’s broader plans to regenerate the city and would create a connected bus and train system as well as the creation of charging points for electric vehicles and the improvement of the local walking and transport network. bike.
The A4119 doubling project aims to transform a section of the road between the Llantrisant business park in Ynysmaerdy and the Coed Ely roundabout into two lanes with the aim of improving travel times in the region .
Muni Arts Center
Councilor Heledd Fychan of Plaid Cymru, Senedd member for central South Wales and representing the town of Pontypridd on the board of Rhondda Cynon Taf, said: “I am delighted to hear that the Muni will receive this much needed investment. .
“The Muni is very much loved and Pontypridd has become poorer since it closed its doors.
“I can’t wait to see the Muni reopen, with people of all ages able to enjoy and use the building.”
Councilor Jayne Brencher of Labor, who represents the Graig district, said: “Pontypridd is experiencing a real renaissance with the new library, the YMCA, etc., but the Muni has always been the heart of our city with so many special memories.
“The extraordinary success of our app will be transformational and our dream of an arts district will become a reality to compete with similar fields across the region.
“Back to the original features but with its fantastic mezzanine, our dreams have come true.
“We are ambitious as a city and so proud of our heritage. Ponty is really the place to be.
Joel James, member of Senedd for South Wales Central and RCT advisor to Llantwit Fardre, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see the Muni Arts Center included in the UK Government’s Leveling Up Fund.
“It is a fantastic cultural asset for the city, and I look forward to seeing what will be developed. It is further proof, if needed, of the benefits of not only leaving the EU, but also of leaving the EU. maintain our union. “
Porth Transport Center
Speaking about the money for the Porth Transport Hub, union adviser Gareth Caple, who represents Cymmer on the RCT Council, said it was good news for the city.
He said: “This is fantastic news. For me, this is the start of Porth’s regeneration and rejuvenation.
He mentioned other developments such as the train station area, Porth Plaza, the new supplementary care facility, potential housing on the old school site and the relay park as part of larger improvements that are taking place in the city as part of the downtown strategy.
Cllr Caple said: “It’s great to see that there is now a future for Porth.”
He said the valleys are full of booming towns like Pontypridd and he said he would like that to happen in Porth as well.
He said he hoped for a “wave of investment for new businesses, attracting new businesses.”
Cllr Caple said there was also money coming from the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and the public welcomed the money.
“People want to see Porth come back. We are starting to bring businesses and jobs back to town.
” There is a lot to do. It is the gateway to the Rhondda. This type of money is welcome in the Valleys.
Alex Davies-Jones, Labor MP for Pontypridd and City Councilor for Tonyrefail West welcomed the funding for the A4119 doubling project.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted that funding has been given to a number of important projects through RCT.
“The call for tenders for the financing of the transformation of the A4119 at Coedely will have an extremely positive impact on the region, both in terms of improving travel times and connectivity, but also to encourage investments in the wider area – from Tonyrefail to Llantrisant Business Park – too.
“We have a number of fantastic investment opportunities in the surrounding area, and I’m excited to see how this duality project will both transform and regenerate, while encouraging safe and active travel options by enhancing opportunities to wake up and ride a bike.
“For too long the UK government seems to have forgotten about our region, so this is a testament to the hard work of all of the RCT Council members and beyond who have worked and supported this funding offer. It’s a fantastic effort and I can’t wait to see the work begin.
Councilor Danny Grehan of Plaid Cymru, who represents Tonyrefail East on the council, said: “While I obviously think the security of funding this two-lane road project is a good thing, I deplore the fact that Westminster deliberately bypasses Senedd.
“It’s politics. It’s horrible. Conservatives could get their photoshoot even if they passed through the Senedd. It is for Senedd to determine the priorities of our nation. They shouldn’t knock directly on council doors.
The British Government’s Perspective
Wales Secretary of State Simon Hart said: “This is a fantastic budget for Wales, delivering significant investments directly to people, businesses and communities across the country.
‘Wales’ Decentralized Administration will receive its largest settlement on record to be able to deliver vital services such as health, education and flood protection, while Wales will fully benefit from many of our UK-wide measures, including freezing fuel and alcohol taxes, raising minimum wages for thousands of workers, and investing in parks and sports facilities.
“Upgrading communities across the UK is at the top of our agenda. Investing over £ 120million in 10 projects, including the regeneration of Aberystwyth seafront and improving transport links to Rhondda, shows how we will achieve this ambition across Wales.
“In addition to funding for a Welsh Veterans Commissioner, these and other measures in the spending review make a great package for Wales and its economy. “
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