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Plans for Mountain Ash

The Council will host a public exhibition at Mountain Ash Library on Thursday 29thNovember (2:00pm to 6:30pm) to inform residents of improvement plans for Mountain Ash town centre - including the development of a new Primary Care Centre and the redevelopment of 1-4 Oxford Buildings. 

The Council is committed to investing in town centres to drive forward regeneration, and the plans for Mountain Ash will build on a number of other initiatives already implemented by the Council over recent years, including the removal of car parking charges in April 2016 and the piloting of the Town Centre Maintenance Grant. 

The event will update on a number of developments being planned in the town centre area, which focus on the redevelopment of the derelict land adjacent to the public toilets on Rhos Square (known locally as Guto Square), to create a wider town square to improve parking, host the weekly open-air market and to allow for events to be held. The land is widely considered an eyesore within the town and is key to the wider redevelopment of the square and the town centre area. 

The ambitious proposals include:

  • The development of a new Primary Care Centre delivered by Cwm Taf UHB and supported by the Council following the securing of significant Welsh Government funding;
  • The development of an Extra Care Facility in the town.
  • The redevelopment of 1-4 Oxford Buildings, Sold for £74,000 Thursday, 13 September 2018 by Paul Fosh Auctions
  • The redevelopment of the Mountain Ash Day Centre into a Community Hub.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “This event provides an opportunity for residents and businesses in the Mountain Ash community to help shape the proposals for the town centre, and I would encourage all local stakeholders to attend. 

“The Council has made several unsuccessful attempts to acquire the land adjacent to Rhos Square in recent years, and we are now considering additional options to acquire the land in order to progress a number of developments that will significantly benefit the town centre area.

 “The establishment of new care facilities in the town centre and the redevelopment of the vacant 1-4 Oxford Buildings will bring significant improvements to Mountain Ash and allow the town to explore new opportunities.  These projects are complemented by the ongoing work to deliver the Cross Valley Link scheme, which will improve the traffic flow in and around the area once completed by 2019.  

“Our commitment to supporting our town centres is clear for all to see.  We have already introduced a number of initiatives across the County, such as removed or reduced car parking charges in our town centres across the County, the rollout of the Town Centre Maintenance Grant to Mountain Ash, Tonypandy and Treorchy - which is contributing to a more attractive and vibrant street scene, and our annual programme of Christmas events.”

Posted on Wednesday 28th November 2018