Caerphilly County Borough Council are set to launch a bid for a share of the government’s Levelling Up Fund, as they look to develop three projects in the area.
The bid, which will see the council look to receive around £80 million from the fund, will be used on two projects in Caerphilly town, as well as another at Cwmcarn Forest.
The first project will focus on redeveloping the existing station to make it a mixed-use transport hub, at a cost of £35 million. The second will see the development of a new leisure centre that will play host to state-of-the-art health and wellbeing facilities. Situated on land that is currently taken up by Caerphilly Business Park, the town’s existing leisure centre would be replaced by the new project.
The final part of the plan will include new visitor attractions at Cwmcarn Forest, including the development of the longest Alpine Coaster in the UK.
Councillor Sean Morgan, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, said:
“If approved, these bids would provide huge benefits in terms of improved health and well-being, better public transport connectivity and enhanced visitor attractions that will help boost the local economy.
These exciting proposals demonstrate our vision and ambition to deliver major projects that will regenerate our communities and result in positive change for local residents.”
With the deadline for submissions being the 6th July, any new bids need to be finalised soon and if the bid is successful, the projects need to be delivered by March 2025.