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Aberdare the £7.7million regeneration works to the town centre

The £7.7million regeneration works to the town centre have we had value for money or have the Labour controlled council at Rhondda Cynon Taf squandered your money on unnecessary work and where our money should have been used have done nothing to preserve our heritage.

Our Labour council past and present have done little to preserve many old buildings in Cynon Valley the policy is leave to decay until they have to be demolished.

Just take a look around the town and look at the government buildings in decay little point in spending millions on street lighting and paving if the buildings, part of Aberdare Townscape Heritage, are allowed to get in such a state of decay where are Cadw?

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.

Historic Buildings Grant
The focus for Cadw’s grant giving in 2012-13 is on historic building repair schemes which will help stimulate regeneration opportunities and/or which will help save listed building that are at risk.

Applications for funding in 2012-13 must be received no later than 1 December 2012.
Below taken from Labour controlled Rhondda Cynon Taf website but not the photograph links

“The major changes include new street furniture, new pavements, roads and street lighting in and around the town centre. As well as these fantastic improvements there is money available for works to properties, through the Townscape Heritage Initiative.”

“The project also includes town centre property improvements, under the Aberdare Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Townscape Enhancement Programme (TEP). These offer financial support to businesses and property owners to make external and internal building improvements to enhance the quality of the premises and bring disused space back into use.”

“This includes the most recent key works in High St close to Library Square, using high-quality design and materials to link this area to the town centre, incorporating it into the overall new environment.”

The difference between one authority and another when it comes to preserving our heritage how do RCTC get away with it? where is Cadw?

Below link to building in Monmouth not unlike our own in Aberdare

Below rear of our Georgian style building needs a bit of work

It's a shame to see the old buildings being left to rot, but in this economic climate who is going to want to use them, even after a refurbishment. The Black Lion and the Boot Hotel are both listed as well as the old CVBC buildings.

Mountain Ash town hall has been in constant use and has always looked good. In reality it is a far more imposing building that those in Aberdare.

What I really dispaired at was the loss of the great miners' institutes at Aberaman, Mountain Ash and Abercynon. There is little if anything to remember the sacrifices of the mining community in Cynon Valley. Anyone visiting Aberdare would think that it was a major iron working town and had little to do with coal.

I'm afraid that bitter experience has taught me that when you're dealing with RCT council you are dealing with a bunch of cultureless philistines who, to quote Oscar Wilde, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Whatever heritage we have will be bulldozed and destroyed, especially if their developer pals can see a fast buck to be made in the process. And I don't just mean any historical heritage, but our environmental heritage too, whereby trees and green areas will be sacrificed on the altar of their idea of progress.

Now I'm all for regeneration and the renewal of defunct, unsightly areas, but not if it means the destruction of mature trees and wildlife habitats. But as has been pointed out already on other threads, this never made much difference to the planners of RCT, who usually can see no further than their own noses.

It's all about control of course. They like to feel that they can control every aspect of life in RCT, and anything that may go beyond that control they will either ban or refuse permission for. I've seen this happen so many times in the past that it's now become the norm.

Anyway, just to note in passing, I'm quite in favour of the new changes to the town center. I know they're not perfect, and a lot of cockups have been made, but overall the effect is a great improvement on what was there before. I don't believe it's a waste of money, though I'm sure that quite a lot of money has been squandered, but that's to be expected in enterprises like this one.

Sure, businesses suffered as a result of the work, but I've heard that they may be compensated somewhat for their travails. You can't make an omlette without cracking eggs I'm afraid.

Application Ref: 12/1151/08

Development by Rhondda Cynon Taf

Proposal: Proposed refurbishment works to library


Good they doing the library as its an eyesore as it is now

Tomorrow's Western Mail front page: Nearly a third of Wales' shops 'at risk of closure by 2018'.

New pavement in Weatheral Street and a problem with drainage?

But only when it rains

I see they still have contractor’s hoardings in and around Aberdare Town center