A historic Pontypridd building is undergoing a major renovation thanks to the support of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
As part of the Pontypridd Town Centre Regeneration scheme financial support has been granted for improvements to the Llanover Arms and the significant enhancement and refurbishment works are now underway.
The financial contribution reflects the importance of such a prominent building on a major gateway into the town from the A470 and opposite YnysangharadWarMemorial Park.
Built around 1780 on land owned by the wealthy Lady Llanover from which the name of the pub derives, it flourished next to the former GlamorganshireCanal during the nineteenth century and is now one of the oldest buildings in Pontypridd.
The funding is made available through the Townscape Enhancement Programme, made possible when the Council secured a £10.5 million funding package from the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund and Targeted Match Funding, plus private sector contributions to regenerate Pontypridd town centre.
Although the transformation of the Pontypridd street scene has been completed, work continues to enhance commercial properties throughout the town. The Pontypridd business community is continuing to benefit from large-scale funding opportunities to enhance their buildings.
Landlord and owner of the Llanover Arms, John Jones, explained, “The Llanover has been in my family for over 100 years. The renovation of the first floor is an exiting opportunity to bring new life to the premises without changing the character of the pub itself”.
The project will enhance the exterior of the property including a brand new roof, plus significantly improving the interior of the building making the business more attractive and appealing to visitors.
Internal improvements to both the ground and first floor will include new floors, walls and ceilings. The extension to the rear will incorporate a stair-lift to ensure that the newly created space on the upper floor is fully accessible.
The currently vacant upper floor is undergoing major changes so that it can become a useable space for a new business to locate there, creating more jobs within the town. This will not only support the wider regeneration of Pontypridd but will also strengthen the existing business and assist in the long term sustainability of the Llanover Arms itself.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, Cllr Robert Bevan, said: “You cannot but fail to be impressed by the widespread work that has been undertaken to regenerate Pontypridd town centre.
“The evidence is there for all to see as we have transformed the town through the largest investment programme Pontypridd has ever seen. As work continues on regenerating the Lido in YnysangharadWarMemorial Park, we are creating an attractive visitors’ destination in the south Wales area.
”Although our work on improving the streetscene has been completed, commercial property owners are still taking the opportunity to enhance their own buildings, as is the case with the Llanover Arms.
“This is a significant building at the gateway to the town and I’m pleased that we can support the refurbishment of it, which will hopefully attract further businesses and job opportunities to Pontypridd.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is committed to doing what it can to ensure our businesses and town centre’s secure the investment and support they need to continue to thrive, especially in this tough economic climate.
“Creating a visually attractive town centre is increasing confidence in Pontypridd and encouraging private sector investment. This in turn will generate local employment opportunities, increase the amount of visitors, create stronger and more diverse businesses, and foster a vibrant and sustainable economic centre.”
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