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Merthyr Tydfil: Old bus station

Merthyr Tydfil: Old bus station

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The council has given an update on plans for the former Merthyr Tydfil bus station site as demolition begins.

Work is set to start this week on the demolition of the old bus station off Castle Street.

Aberdare Demolition has been appointed to carry out the programme, which will take about five weeks.

Workers will be on site between 8am and 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday.

The Glebeland site was closed last June when the council opened the new bus station in Swan Street.

Redevelopment of the area has been identified as a signature project in the Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre 15-year “master plan”.

The council recently held a consultation asking residents and businesses their views on ideas for it, including a park, street market, permanent food and drink stalls, children’s play areas and a multi-use community space.

When announcing the consultation back in August, the council said the site could have a mixture of hard and soft landscaping, designed to look good and  be used all year round.

It said this could include open, grassed areas, encouraging small scale gatherings – for exercising, studying or picnicking and there could also be quieter, planted spaces for people to relax in and enjoy the river.

All main pedestrian routes would have level access and be suitable for use by wheelchairs and buggies.

The play areas would be designed to be for children ‘of all ages and abilities, with a focus on playing within nature and encouraging activity and co-ordination skills, with apparatus including timber activity trails and sculpted mounds with climbing and balancing structures.

The council also said there could be play areas focussing on ‘sensory experiences’, including maze-like paths, planting, outdoor musical instruments and an accessible sand pit.

The semi-enclosed multi-use community space would resemble a traditional amphitheatre with a raised tier serving as a stage or performance platform.

The council said the area could support a range of community activities, including outdoor theatre or music productions, informal class group learning and maybe summer cinema screenings.

The space could also be large enough to provide potential overspill support for larger events such as the Merthyr Rising festival.

The responses will be taken into account when plans are refined in the coming months, the council said.

Cabinet member for regeneration, housing and commercialisation Councillor Geraint Thomas said: “The old bus station includes a substantial building in a high profile location, which needs to be carefully demolished, with the site made safe.”

Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter


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