RCT Council Buy Precinct

RCT Council has bought the former site of Pontypridd’s famous precinct.

precinct_200It is hoped cabinet members will be “in a position to begin considering potential ideas” for the site by the end of the summer.

Now the council will begin talks with other public sector organisations over its future.

Council leader Andrew Morgan said: “As outright owners of the land, the council is now in a far stronger position to drive forward its redevelopment.

“We should be ambitious about the potential opportunities.”

In 2011, the building was demolished as developers Taff Vale Ltd sought to build a 21st-century shopping facility there, with a new 70,000 sq ft Riverside Shopping Centre mooted.

But those plans fell through in September 2012 as the company went into receivership.

“As part of any proposals, I am keen to engage other public sector bodies who deliver services in Pontypridd and also the Welsh Government.

“By thinking outside the box, I believe we can make the most of the opportunity of having outright control of the site.”

Well, a good place to start would be here.

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