Council has granted Community Ownership to groups and organisations in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is fulfilling its promise to residents by encouraging ‘Community Ownership’ of premises that have been forced to close due to the UK Government’s austerity measures.
Public consultation has formed a major part of the Cabinet’s tough decision-making process, having been faced with finding ways to bridge a £70m budget gap.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “Clearly we do not want to be making any decisions to reduce our service provision, but the UK Government’s austerity measures have left us with no choice.
“In taking the tough but necessary decisions, the Cabinet has always maintained that where possible, it is keen to secure the future of local facilities by encouraging and supporting residents and community groups to work together and form their own Business Plan in a bid to operate replacement services and facilities.
“Community Ownership is one way of channelling the resourcefulness of local groups to take over and transform properties for the benefit of the whole community.
“I would encourage community groups to seriously look into doing this if the opportunity presents itself as we look to mitigate the impact on our communities of the decisions we are being forced to take.
Business Plans that have been submitted to the Council have been given serious consideration and today the Cabinet approved the following proposals:
Lease granted to Cylch Meithrin Tynewydd (CMT) for the former Treherbert Community Education Centre. This will see CMT and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Training Agency relocate their businesses and charitable activities into the centre as well as employing a Centre Manager to facilitate community use of the centre.
Lease granted to a Community Group to transform the former Maerdy Library into a neighbourhood learning and prosperity hub.
Lease granted to Beddau and Tynant Library Community Support Group to maintain use of Beddau and Tynant Library as well as providing additional education and training opportunities for the local community.
Lease granted on commercial terms for the former Beddau Day Centre for use by Once Upon a Time Nursery which will relocate from Bryn Celynnog School
Lease granted on a commercial terms the former Ynyshir Library for the expansion of the attached Art Gallery which will also incorporate community art projects