RHONDDA CYON TAF: £6.5m highways spend
More than £6m of spend on highways schemes in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been approved by councillors
Recommendations to cabinet on Tuesday, September 21 were approved, meaning the council will spend £6.5m on highways and roads, highway structures, parks structures, the A4119 dualling project and the Llanharan bypass scheme
After agreement by cabinet, £2m will go towards the A4119 dualling scheme which will allow the continuation of the scheme through to the next
The cabinet report said detailed design is ongoing, Welsh Water sewer diversion works are progressing well and due for completion in September 2021, tender documents are at final review stage and due for issue in September 2021 and a public inquiry is scheduled for November 2021.
Another £2m to go towards the Llanharan bypass project and this will allow the continuation of the scheme through to the next stages.
The report said ecology surveys, ground investigations and preliminary designs are complete.
Pre-planning application consultation is due to be launched late
September 2021 with the full planning application anticipated for early 2022.
The investment would also see £1.5m go towards highways and roads, £500,000 go towards the repairs and maintenance of more than 1,500 highways structures including, bridges, culverts, retaining walls, reinforced earth embankments and rock anchors and £500,000 would go towards parks structures such as footbridges and retaining walls among other things.
The council’s audited accounts as of March 31, 2021 show the authority has a revenue stream earmarked reserves of £73.79m which are set aside for a
variety of purposes.
There are also specific reserves relating to capital funding, insurance and treasury management.
The investment and Infrastructure reserve is a specific reserve to fund the cost of maintaining and enhancing infrastructure across the county borough.
At March 31, 2021 this reserve stood at £9.49m, so the proposed investment priorities can be fully funded from this reserve, the cabinet report said.
Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter
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