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Ponty precinct development ‘may’ be back on track.

July 1, 2012 11:54 PM

The BBC reports that

"A new shopping centre for Pontypridd, which has been delayed by funding difficulties, may soon be back on track……Developer Taff Vale Limited said it is considering a new offer of investment"

Just how much longer is this going to go on? And if it ever does get back on track will it be too late? The report mentions the owner of Pepworth's Delicatessen which moved out of the high street into the market because she could not afford the rates. This is not an isolated case, other businesses are simply folding.

The Labour Minister says she will look to review business rates, but many small firms will have already gone out of business by then leaving gaps in our town centres.

RCT's Labour run Council has a dismal record with regard to economic development and regeneration. Their Townscape Enhancement Programme is failing miserably and the Cabinet Member responsible has stated clearly that he is not going to address the issue. He is now the Deputy Leader of the Council.

It seems that the future of the precinct and indeed Pontypridd town remains uncertain. The works to renovate the town centre are still carrying on at a painstakingly slow rate. The plans for the Park and Lido have still not progressed. And the people responsible for running the Council can't even be bothered to get together.