£1.2m fund to build ‘vi­sion’ for res­i­dents

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

A LIST of huge im­prove­ments is set for a Val­leys vil­lage after it won more than £1m lottery fund­ing.

The group, known as Ynysybwl Regeneration Part­ner­ship, has laid out ex­actly where the Na­tional Lottery and Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing of £1,273,099 will be dished out after an ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents of the Cwm Cly­dach vil­lage in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

These are the big im­prove­ments ear­marked by the group for Ynysybwl:

A new cen­tre – “some­where for every­one to come to­gether, es­pe­cially young peo­ple”. Res­i­dents say £300,000 will go to­wards its devel­op­ment;

The group wants to keep the Butcher’s Pool open as well as build­ing a splash pad, for which £100,000 has been al­lo­cated;

Im­proved routes and trails in the vil­lage and forestry with “good sig­nage” – £82,600 has been se­cured for this;

Mak­ing Daer­wynno Out­door Cen­tre a cen­tre for peo­ple to drop in for a cof­fee when walk­ing in St Gwynno for­est, as well as a po­ten­tial in­for­ma­tion point at a cost of £200,000;

An un­spec­i­fied amount is al­lo­cated for “his­tory and bio-diver­sity” to build upon the vil­lage’s “rich her­itage” through bet­ter sig­nage and in­ter­ac­tive ideas in­clud­ing phone apps;

Two mem­bers of staff, in­surances, fi­nan­cial sup­port, of­fice costs, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion, le­gal obli­ga­tions over the seven years and pro­fes­sional fees.

Louisa Ad­dis­cott, pro­gramme man­ager of the part­ner­ship, said: “It’s a seven-year project so we think it’s great to have the money but it’s also about build­ing a vi­sion. This isn’t go­ing to hap­pen overnight.”

The board of trustees is made up of vol­un­teers from the vil­lage, and var­i­ous pub­lic meet­ings were held in 2015 and 2016, en­gag­ing with 400 peo­ple.

Ynysybwl Re­gen­er­a­tion Part­ner­ship has been handed more than £1m in Lottery fund­ing to im­prove the vil­lage

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