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Heads of the Valleys

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The aim of this programme was to develop the Heads of the Valleys into a rich, dynamic network of communities helping to drive the success of south east Wales.

The Heads of the Valleys Programme was a £140m regeneration strategy which started in 2006  It was developed in full partnership with five local authorities (Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen), and other local stakeholders. The aim was to tackle the root causes of economic inactivity and other key issues in the area within the context of the Wales Spatial Plan.

The main aims of the Strategy were based around five priority themes:

  • an attractive and well-used natural, historic and built environment
  • a vibrant economic landscape offering new opportunities
  • a well educated, skilled and healthier population
  • an appealing and coherent tourism and leisure experience
  • public confidence in a shared bright future.

Our new regeneration framework Vibrant and Viable Places is now in operation.