Risca boost could bring investment

NEW STATUS: A council plan naming Risca as a “principal town” aims to bring more investment to the community. Pictured is the Palace Cinema, which has already benefitted from redevelopment.

NEW STATUS: A council plan naming Risca as a “principal town” aims to bring more investment to the community. Pictured is the Palace Cinema, which has already benefitted from redevelopment.

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PEOPLE in Risca and Pontymister are welcoming being named as a “principal town” in a new council action plan - hoping it will bring needed investment.

The council has adopted a plan which will be considered as guidance to future building and regeneration in Risca town centre and surrounding areas.

The plan states that “Risca/Pontymister is a main centre for services in this district.

“The possibility exists to restructure the town centre, attract inward investment and improve the attractiveness of the area”.

Caerphilly County Borough Council already had a Local Development Plan setting out where building should happen over the coming years.

The new document looks at how Risca and Pontymister can benefit from natural assets nearby, such as the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and Cwmcarn Forest, as well as looking at how to attract funding.

Graham Read, 67, from Pontymister, said: “Risca could be a cracking place, it really could. The canal is a great asset, the new library is fantastic and the mountain walks are good. The town centre isn’t bad although a few shops have gone and the parks are quite nice.

“But I would like to see the council invest in the children here if they’re going to do anything. Where are the community centres? There used to be a couple of youth centres in Risca.”

Councillor Ken James, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and sustainable development, said: “With its key strategic location on the A467 and railway links to Cardiff, Newport and beyond, Risca and Pontymister has the potential to be a destination of choice for future investment. This plan will go towards providing a framework for future regeneration, as well as supporting bids for aid.”

Members adopted the Risca and Pontymister Town Centre Action Plan during a council meeting on June 10.

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9:19am Tue 24 Jun 14

john.hall1000 says...

It's about time Caerphilly council rembered where Pontymister/Risca was!.
It's about time Caerphilly council rembered where Pontymister/Risca was!. john.hall1000
  • Score: 11

10:39am Tue 24 Jun 14

exrisca says...

Railway links to Newport???
Railway links to Newport??? exrisca
  • Score: 8

11:01am Tue 24 Jun 14

Goat Man says...

How many other 'Principal Towns' are there going to be in the County? Is Risca now the Capital of Islwyn ? It's all C**P from the council. It's still the forgotten town of Caerphilly County even if it's the second largest. Any investment will still go to the Rhymney Valley, they've bleed the Western Valley dry.
How many other 'Principal Towns' are there going to be in the County? Is Risca now the Capital of Islwyn ? It's all C**P from the council. It's still the forgotten town of Caerphilly County even if it's the second largest. Any investment will still go to the Rhymney Valley, they've bleed the Western Valley dry. Goat Man
  • Score: 14

12:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

bobmech1 says...

Caerphilly investing in the Risca area!
That will be the day, were the forgotten area of the council borough
Since they took over the western valley part has been neglected badly
Really don't believe them
Caerphilly investing in the Risca area! That will be the day, were the forgotten area of the council borough Since they took over the western valley part has been neglected badly Really don't believe them bobmech1
  • Score: 8

3:04pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gingertom says...

When did the railway go to newport?
From blackwood to risca there is nothing for the children provided by caerphilly cbc because they spent 90 million in bargoed and it is only places like ystrad mynach who get facilities. Is cllr james saying get on the train and go to cardiff if you want to do something?
When did the railway go to newport? From blackwood to risca there is nothing for the children provided by caerphilly cbc because they spent 90 million in bargoed and it is only places like ystrad mynach who get facilities. Is cllr james saying get on the train and go to cardiff if you want to do something? gingertom
  • Score: 2

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