De­tails of new hub for town

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - THOMAS DEA­CON thomas.dea­con@me­di­

THE de­tails of a new com­mu­nity hub for Moun­tain Ash have been re­leased, with a com­mu­nity cafe, li­brary and 10 pub­lic ac­cess com­put­ers all in­cluded.

DE­TAILS of a planned com­mu­nity hub in Moun­tain Ash have been re­leased.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil plans to in­tro­duce a hub in the town cen­tre as part of a wider de­vel­op­ment across the county bor­ough.

The hub would be open for longer hours than the cur­rent li­brary and day cen­tre, mean­ing the coun­cil could pro­vide more ac­tiv­i­ties. Housed in the cur­rent day cen­tre building, the hub would ac­com­mo­date the ma­jor­ity of ac­tiv­i­ties cur­rently hosted at the li­brary and day cen­tre, bring­ing a num­ber of ser­vices to­gether un­der one roof. The hub would in­clude: An ed­u­ca­tion room with 10 pub­lic ac­cess com­put­ers;

A com­mu­nity cafe with three ad­di­tional pub­lic ac­cess com­put­ers; and

A li­brary with a sim­i­lar space to the cur­rent site with a re­freshed book stock and an “en­hanced” pro­gramme of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Coun­cil­lor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil’s deputy cabi­net mem­ber for pros­per­ity and well­be­ing, said: “The pro­posal for the Moun­tain Ash Com­mu­nity Hub rep­re­sents an op­por­tu­nity for the coun­cil to im­prove upon the cur­rent ser­vice pro­vi­sion in Moun­tain Ash through tar­geted in­vest­ment, al­low­ing ser­vices to be brought to­gether un­der one roof.

“The hub would give res­i­dents greater ease of ac­cess to these vi­tal ser­vices, al­low staff to more eas­ily sign­post peo­ple be­tween ser­vices, and en­sure each ser­vice takes a more vis­i­ble po­si­tion within the town cen­tre.

“The plans are also aimed at re­duc­ing so­cial iso­la­tion, im­prov­ing well­be­ing and mak­ing ac­cess to lit­er­acy, learn­ing and em­ploy­ment sup­port more easy.

“The plans will in­clude an ex­ten­sion of the cur­rent day cen­tre building to ac­com­mo­date as many pub­lic ser­vices as pos­si­ble, and en­hance the cur­rent pro­vi­sion avail­able in the day cen­tre and li­brary.”

In Oc­to­ber 2017 the coun­cil cabi­net agreed a £500,000 in­vest­ment to de­velop com­mu­nity hubs across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the plans ended on Mon­day.

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