(Strategy and Funding)
Pontllanfraith Council Offices
Tel: 01495 235110
Changing and challenging economic times from the global to local perspective require a new approach to regenerating the area.
These challenges, coupled with a new European, national and local policy context, and changes to funding arrangements, all make 2010 a good time to refresh the SMART Alternative approach and launch a new Regeneration Strategy.
Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Regeneration Strategic Partnership (RSP), commissioned the Regeneration Strategy Review.
The Council adopted the SMART Alternative Regeneration Strategy back in 2003 and considerable progress and achievements have been made - particularly in business growth, reducing unemployment and increasing economic activity (a stubborn indicator), and increasing school performance. Some of our highlights include:
Bargoed: redevelopment including the Angel Way highway, improved northern gateway, plans for a new retail and leisure district, and a new ‘business quarter’.
Oakdale Business Park: reclaimed ex-colliery site transformed into a modern business park.
Communities First Programme: a model of best practice across the country.
Housing: growth that is second only to Cardiff.
Education improvements: leading authority in the implementation of Learning Pathways 14 – 19, development of school/college partnerships, increases in work-based training and improved Key Stage 4 outcomes.
Community: projects such as New Tredegar, demonstrating an integrated approach to regeneration.
Key worklessness indicators: economically active and employed residents rising from 65% (2003) to 66.2% (2008 prior to the recession), and incapacity benefit claimants reducing from 16.7% (2003) to 13.7% (2009).
While much of the previous Strategy remains relevant, a step-change in delivery requires a more holistic approach to regeneration, with renewed emphasis on corporate and partnership working and a reinvigorated Regeneration Strategic Partnership (RSP).
Our regeneration vision and regeneration activities are summarised under three themes: