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£2.7m worth of investments to be given to key community areas in Rhondda Cynon Taf

PARKS, a sports pitch, multi-use games areas, flooding alleviation and road works are among the areas that could get a share of an extra £2.7m this year in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A cabinet report for Tuesday, September 6, lists several schemes which could benefit from an extra £2.72m which the council has set aside to invest in infrastructure.

This would see an extra £1m spent on highways and roads, £1m on flood alleviation works, £200,000 on parks and £200,000 on multi use games areas (MUGAs).

It would also see £175,000 spent on Darran Park Sports Pitch, £100,000 on unadopted roads and £50,000 on environmental improvements including bins and benches.

The spend on highways and roads would “continue to support the enhanced investment in the council’s largest asset, building on sustained increases in annual funding for highways capital maintenance over recent years” the report said.

It added that the unadopted roads funding would build on money previously allocated “to enable more streets to be made up to adoptable standards
and formally adopted as a council maintained asset.”

On the flood alleviation works investment, the report said: “Funding will continue to support works on land drainage and flood alleviation schemes and will enable the council to progress with project business cases targeted at attracting external Welsh Government funding with this additional £1m being available for match funding.”

Turning to the environmental improvements spend, the report said it “will support improvements to include new bins and benches within parks and other open spaces.”

The parks investment would include refurbishment of sports pavilions, upgrading of sports pitches and repairs to parks infrastructure while the funding for MUGAs will go towards the provision of football and basketball and general community use.

The Darran Park Sports Pitch investment includes a funding application to turn it from a sand-filled astroturf into a 3G pitch.

This will be funded from the investment/infrastructure reserve which is a specific reserve to fund the cost of maintaining and enhancing infrastructure across RCT.

The cabinet report said there was £19.8m in this reserve as at March 31, 2022 so this spend can be fully funded from this reserve.

If approved by cabinet, the proposed investment will go before full council for approval on September 28.

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