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Abercynon Leisure Investment

A total of £250,000 is being spent on improvements at Abercynon Sports Centre in the coming months as part of the Council’s on-going #RCTinvest programme.

Works include the relining of the main pool, along with an upgrade of the pool hall ventilation system and improved ceiling and lighting.

This forms part of the Council’s continued commitment to create modern, attractive leisure centres that encourage residents to enjoy a healthier lifestyle through its Leisure for Life initiative.

In order to facilitate the improvement works at Abercynon Sports Centre, the existing swimming pool is temporarily closed to the public from Monday, August 13 until October. However, the swimming pool at the nearby Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare, is a fantastic alternative

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “The swimming pool has been very popular at Abercynon Sports Centre for many years, attracting lots of swimmers of all ages and abilities. The Council is investing in this in order to future-proof the pool to provide a facility for future generations to enjoy.

“The Council has committed to creating a healthy and active Rhondda Cynon Taf and has recognised Leisure as a priority in achieving this. To date, over £3M has been invested into this area as part of our ongoing #RCTinvest programme.

“Abercynon Sports Centre is the latest leisure facility to benefit from this investment.

“We would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as contractors carry out the improvement works at Abercynon Sports Centre, and we hope they will make the most of the new and improved facilities in the months and years ahead.”

All customers who have swimming lessons at the pool will have their places secured and all payments frozen until the swimming pool reopens to the public.

Direct Debit payments for swimming lessons for the month of August will also be reduced by 50 per cent.

There will be limited places available for swimming lessons at pools within the Council’s other leisure venues for the duration of the temporary pool closure at Abercynon. To discuss alternative locations, please call 01443 562202.

Public swimming will also be available at the Council’s neighbouring leisure centres throughout the improvement works at Abercynon Sports Centre. All other facilities and classes at Abercynon will remain unaffected during this period.

The £250,000 being spent on improvements at Abercynon Sports Centre is in addition to the £3m that has already been invested in leisure centre improvements across the County Borough in recent years as part of the Council’s wider ongoing #RCTinvest programme.

Leisure for Life is an easy, affordable leisure membership that was introduced in line with the Council’s investment to encourage more people to get involved in leisure activities across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Leisure for Life members can enjoy unlimited access to Abercynon Sports Centre, as well as, swimming, classes and indoor sport at all other Council Leisure Centres.

Are you a Leisure for Life member? If not, register online today

For more details of all on offer at Abercynon Sports Centre visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 740141

 


Abercynon Leisure Centre Investment Continues

The Council has confirmed that the changing rooms at Abercynon Sports Centre will soon undergo a significant refurbishment, thanks to £140,000 works funded through #RCTinvest.

A recent announcement by the Council detailed a significant £250,000 investment throughout the Sports Centre in the coming months – including relining its main pool, upgrading the pool hall ventilation system and improving ceilings and lighting. This will complement upcoming changing room improvements in Abercynon, agreed by Cabinet in October 2017.

The wider £750,000 changing room scheme – to refurbish leisure centre changing facilities across Rhondda Cynon Taf – began in February 2018. The first schemes were in Bronwydd Pool in Porth and Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad, while Abercynon Sports Centre will soon benefit from the investment.

An initial phase of works in Abercynon will see work carried out on relining of the main pool, along with an upgrade of the pool hall ventilation system and improved ceiling and lighting.

These works will then be followed by a second phase, of around £140,000 investment, which will include new changing room lockers and cubicles, works to shower facilities, repainting of walls and doors, and the replacement of ceilings and lighting. The Council will confirm the arrangements to facilitate the second phase of the works shortly.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “I am pleased with the progress being made with improving changing rooms at leisure centres across Rhondda Cynon Taf, after Cabinet agreed to release the funding last year. The investment forms part of the Council’s continued commitment to create modern leisure facilities in order to support its popular Leisure for Life initiative.

“Building upon the ongoing £3m Leisure investment across the County Borough through the #RCTinvest Programme, the Council recently announced a significant £250,000 improvement scheme at Abercynon Sports Centre – and this is on top of the previously-agreed changing room scheme.

“The changing room upgrades will be split into two phases – an initial £250,000 scheme, which will see the relining of the main pool, along with an upgrade of the pool hall ventilation system and improved ceiling and lighting. This will then be followed by a separate £140,000 scheme, which will see new lockers, cubicles and shower facilities installed, rounding off the significant wider investment at Abercynon Sports Centre for users to enjoy for years to come.”

Are you a Leisure for Life member? If not, register online today.

Leisure for Life is an easy, affordable leisure membership that was introduced in line with the Council’s investment to encourage more people to get involved in leisure activities across Rhondda Cynon Taf. Members can enjoy unlimited access to Abercynon Sports Centre as well as, swimming, classes and indoor sport at all other Leisure Centres across the County Borough.

For more details of all on offer at Abercynon Sports Centre visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 740141. Keep up to date with the latest leisure and fitness news around Rhondda Cynon Taf by searching for and liking your local/preferred Council leisure centre on Facebook.

 

Drinking in Public
The areas where you will be fined £100 for drinking in public in Aberdare and Pontypridd

A ban on street drinking will come into force in Pontypridd and Aberdare town centres from September.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council is trying to crack down on alcohol related anti-social behaviour in its two largest towns through a public space protection order (PSPO) which will see offenders fined £100 if they get caught and do not give up their drink.

Cabinet approved the proposal in April which also applies to other intoxicating substances.

As well as banning drinking in the street in Aberdare and Pontypridd, the PSPO will also make the whole of RCT a Controlled Drinking Zone.

This will mean police and authorised council officers have the power to request that any person stops drinking and surrenders their alcohol if they are causing, or likely to cause, anti-social behaviour.

The council recently launched a campaign called “Calling Time on Street Drinking” to raise awareness of the changes which come into force on September 1.

Why has this been put in place?

The proposal was put forward following the 2016/17 crime perception survey as part of the RCT Community Safety Partnership.

Almost a third of participants labelled alcohol as the single-biggest contributor to crime and disorder in Aberdare and Pontypridd.

So where will street drinking in RCT’s two largest towns be banned?

Aberdare’s no drinking zone will include the town centre, the nearby Ynys development including its playing fields, Aberdare railway station and the Gadlys Pit car park

Pontypridd’s zone includes Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd railway station, Pontypridd bus station and an area of lower Graig.

How will it work?

Police and council officers will carry out patrols in these zones and will ask anyone who they catch drinking to hand it over or throw it away.

If they do not, the officers have the power to hand out a £100 fine.

The council will be holding several public engagement events in both town centres throughout August to give people more information about the PSPO.

The council says that the PSPO could be wavered for authorised public drinking at organised events within Aberdare and Pontypridd, including Christmas markets and the Big Welsh Bite event.

What the cabinet member has had to say

Councillor Rhys Lewis is the cabinet member for stronger communities, well-being and cultural services.

He said: “The council recently launched its Calling Time on Street Drinking campaign to promote the new rules and, with less than a month to go until the PSPO comes into force, it is focusing on a targeted exercise to ensure residents are fully-informed – particularly in Aberdare and Pontypridd where the greatest changes will take place.

“This includes more than 20 engagement events taking place in the two towns throughout August, where people can speak directly with officers about the new rules.

“There are also dedicated pages on the council’s website with important information – including answers to frequently answered questions and maps of where the ‘no alcohol zones’ will be.”

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