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Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration areas - Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council received £12.8m under the Vibrant and Viable Places fund (2014-2017) to support regeneration projects in Merthyr Tydfil.

The programme incorporates a range of projects split into three themes; Delivering Housing Need, Delivering Economic Vitality and Encouraging Enterprise, Delivering Sustainable and Vibrant Communities.

Delivering Housing Need

Northern Merthyr Housing

As part of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s disposal strategy, VVP funding has enabled selected sites in North Merthyr to reach a standard to encourage the private sector to invest and take forward the housing developments. St. John’s Church, a long term derelict Grade II Listed Building, has being re-developed through this scheme into 20 new flats.

Vacant Property Grants

Funding for this project has allowed for the local authority to work with the private sector to identify solutions that bring vacant floor space back into residential use. This grant has been targeted at long-term vacant properties to address key problem sites within the settlement area.

Delivering Economic Vitality and Encouraging Enterprise

Merthyr Tydfil Enterprise Centre

VVP funding was utilised to create an Enterprise Centre (external link) which has become a first point of contact for new and existing businesses. The project has helped people access job opportunities and earn an income. Its aim has been to develop skills and work with existing and new businesses to expand and progress new ideas. Retail finance for new and existing businesses was also inclided within the programme to assist with capital purchases and a Meanwhile scheme, available for new or existing businesses to test trade new products in vacant properties across the town centre. This has provided a low risk trading opportunity and enhanced the products and services on offer in the town centre.

115 High Street

VVP funding has enabled a local Housing Association to acquire this Grade II listed property in Merthyr Tydfil High Street which was in a severely poor state of disrepair. The funding has enabled the development of the building into 2 new homes and provides an opportunity for business enterprise on the ground floor.

Delivering Sustainable and Vibrant Communities

Penydarren Park

Penydarren Park is home to Merthyr Tydfil Football Club. A modern sports engagement social enterprise and a high-quality community leisure facility has been enabled by VVP funding. This has included the development of a new multipurpose function hall, the extension of the club’s present offices and buildings including the entrance and new turnstiles, improved the stands, created hospitality boxes and created a larger car-park for the facility.

Gellideg Wellbeing Centre

The funding has assisted with the development of a new community facility for the Gellideg Foundation Group. When complete the Centre will be a low energy building with surrounding landscaped gardens and multi use play area. The Wellbeing Centre will provide a range of facilities and services, which includes facilities for social enterprises, internet café, an early years development centre, technology suite, community garden and office accommodation. Completion is scheduled for Spring 2018.

Cyfarthfa Heritage Area

The project is the first phase of a comprehensive restoration and re-development of Cyfarthfa Castle. The VVP funding has been utilised for the capital repair works for parts of the Castle roof to ensure that it is watertight.