Library and Gym Plan for Precinct Site

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Library and Gym Plan for Precinct Site


Byline: tom houghton Reporter tom.houghton@walesonline.co.uk

A NEW fitness centre and library will be created as part of the redevelopment of the old Pontypridd precinct site.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has announced it wants a library/leisure hub to form part of its Taff Vale "office-led" project.

It means the plans will be delivered in three buildings, which will include a "statement" building at the entrance to Pontypridd. That will house a new fitness facility and a "21st century" library for the town, which the council says will be "unrivalled".

Council leader Andrew Morgan said: "The inclusion of a new fitness facility will deliver unrivalled leisure activities in a town centre - especially when you consider how these facilities will complement what is already offered by the lido.

"These two services in such close proximity will offer one of the best leisure and fitness offers in South Wales or, I would argue, any other town centre."

It is the latest announcement in the plan for the old Taff Vale Shopping Centre, after demolition work started in June 2011.

The council became the outright owner in April 2015, and has now invested more than PS3.5m in revitalising the former shopping precinct, following several unsuccessful retail-led projects.

The demolition process is due to finish by the end of this month, with the entire project estimated for completion in 2019.

To help that aim, the council has submitted an application for capital funding of PS300,000 to the Welsh Government's Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.

RCT council has also confirmed it is still in ongoing discussions with "significant" potential occupiers of the new buildings, with news expected soon about the details. …

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