Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, in partnership with the Welsh Government, will be implementing improvements to Treharris Town Centre from January 2013.
The programme is funded through the ERDF Convergence programme, the Welsh Government Heads of the Valley’s programme and Targeted Match Fund. MTCBC has contributed £175k to the programme and all funding has been approved.
This follows the Treharris Town Centre Enhancement Study which was completed in 2009 by Capita, following consultation with local stakeholders, including residents and business owners in the area, which confirmed support of the aims and recommendations of this Study.
The works, which will be carried out by Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd, will take approximately 8 months to complete and will include public realm improvements to the central area of Treharris Town Centre, together with the reconfiguration of the vacant cinema plot to create an events square and ampitheatre which will provide the opportunity to radically improve the area.
The benefits that the above changes will bring will include:
• Providing greater confidence for existing retailers and businesses
• Improving the physical environment
• Assisting in attracting more people to spend time and money in the village
• Improving the attractiveness of the village for potential investors
A pedestrian friendly square situated on the Palace Cinema site will serve as a unique centrepiece by providing a generous open space in the centre of the village that can accommodate special events, provide an environment for a civilised interaction between drivers and pedestrians and will put the centre of Treharris back onto people's agenda as a place to socialise and a place where things happen in the village. It retains the key feature of the amphitheatre and open space which can be used for events and additional parking.
In the past, the centre of Treharris has always been a very lively and important place that gave people a great sense of pride and identity. Its great atmosphere, good amenities and varied offer attracted people into the centre and made it a lively place that people enjoyed visiting. The future of Treharris will build on this idea and the Programme aims to invigorate the middle of Treharris, building on its existing strengths by developing them further and bringing them together into a coherent townscape.
Treharris Town Centre is not an easy place to do works of this nature due to the constrained narrow streets and access issues. Please bear with us during the works and disruption which we appreciate will be difficult for residents and businesses.
Regular bulletins and newsletters will be produced to provide updates on the works. To view the first and second Bulletin, please select the link at the the bottom of this page.