Residents of Rhydyfelin came out in force to support the launch of a new Library and sheltered housing scheme in the village.
The Library Court development led by local housing association, Trivallis in partnership with both Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Jehu, launched with a visit from the new Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM and also a Christmas Fayre in a new space earmarked for the local community.
Praise for the striking new building was high, with the Minister commenting that is was “absolutely fantastic” to see such a high quality facility so early on in her new appointment. Feedback from local residents and schools was also glowing about the impact the new library and commercial space would have for the area.
Trivallis’ chief executive, Ian Thomas said “We put the residents and the community at the heart of this development and I am very proud of that fact as I don’t think we can ever realistically put important facilities like this on the ground without having that community involvement. What we have created as a result is a space that will benefit the whole of Rhydyfelin and surrounding areas for many years to come and a space that the whole community can be proud of.
In addition to 32 new apartments, the scheme will also create new jobs with additional Library staff and new posts within the sheltered complex itself. The development also includes a substantial commercial space which is open for bids from local businesses and community groups. It is hoped that this will bring further benefits for residents when occupied in the New Year.
Schemes such as Library Court are part of an ongoing commitment to regeneration from Trivallis which will see two town centre regeneration schemes in Pontypridd and Aberdare in 2018/19, as well as three new build sites across Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Project lead and Trivallis development manager, Rhianydd Jenkins added “Library Court has set the standard we will strive to deliver on all our new projects. We want Trivallis to be about much more than just bricks and mortar, so it is important to us that our new developments not only fit seamlessly into communities but enhance those areas too.”
The new £4.8. million development includes accommodation for over 55s and a community library and commercial space.
Also speaking at the event was Councillor Maureen, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, who added “The Council has worked closely with Trivallis, Rhydyfelin Library Support Group and local Elected Members to ensure the library has all the facilities the local community needs – including new spaces to meet, new IT equipment and a children’s area, on top of the improved library provision.
“It is hoped that Library Court will become a focal point in the community of Rhydyfelin, with the new and improved Library Service at its heart.
Martin Workman, Construction Director at Jehu, said: “We’re really pleased with the project at Library Close, the fantastic team approach and collaborative working ethics have resulted in a development which not only offers residents a very high standard of accommodation, but also contributes positively to the wider build environment and the regeneration of the Rhydyfelin community as a whole.”