08 October 2010>
Cllr Ron Davies, CCBC cabinet member for regeneration, has welcomed the start of the latest phase of improvement works in Bargoed that are helping to transform the fortunes of the town centre.
"The regeneration of Bargoed is our number one priority and the millions of pounds of public investment now underway will transform the face of the town," said Cllr Davies. "We are also determined to bring the current negotiations for a major supermarket to a successful conclusion and that will give the final, major boost the town centre has been waiting for for many years."
Bargoed's regeneration took two significant steps forward recently as work commenced on an £8.3 million town centre improvement programme and work also started on the prestigious transformation of the Hanbury Road Baptist Chapel into the town's new library.
Contractors Allan Griffith have started Phase 1 of the improvement works which are centred on the creation of a new bus station at the northern end of the town centre. This first phase includes a spectacular flight of steps from the bus station up to High Street, where two shop units are being demolished and a small public square formed in their place. The works also include new public toilets, bus shelters and a pedestrian link to the Hanbury Road car park to the south. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in April 2011 and will be followed by further phases to enhance High Street and Hanbury Road.
The Hanbury Road Baptist Chapel, which is a grade II* listed building, is being converted to a library by contractors Carter Lauren under the supervision of United Welsh Housing Association. The scheme, which will also include a worship space for the chapel congregation in the lower floor, is scheduled for completion in September 2011.
Meanwhile negotiations on the all-important Bargoed Retail Development Plateau continue to take place between developers Simons and Morrisons, the main tenant for the scheme and also between Simons and Caerphilly county borough council and between the council and the Welsh Assembly Government.
For all the latest news about Bargoed town centre visit the Bargoed's Big Idea website.
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