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New levelling up bid for Bridgend

Bridgend County Borough Council are set to submit a bid for a share of the government’s Levelling Up Fund, as they look to embark on two major local projects

The redevelopment of Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion as well as the reconstruction of the Penprysg railway bridge in Pencoed are set to go ahead, should the bid be successful.

The project to develop the Porthcawl Grand Pavilion have been in the works since 2016 and would look to address the issues with the condition of the concrete, as well as aiming to meet the ambitions of the local community through improved arts and library services.

Bridgend County Borough Council have been planning to rebuild the Penprysg railway bridge for some time, and the aid of the government’s fund will allow them to build a new bridge and shut down Pencoed’s level crossing. The proposal also includes a new active travel bridge to assist cyclists and pedestrians.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Neelo Farr, said:

“These projects can offer many benefits to residents all over the county borough. The Grand Pavilion is part of the fabric of Porthcawl and the levelling up program presents a fantastic opportunity to preserve its status for generations to come, whilst improving facilities even further.

The Penprysg railway bridge also has many positives and would help to improve traffic in the area as well as creating better routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The community will also benefit from fresh investment on the land unlocked by the work.”

The unlocking of potential development land to the west of Pencoed’s current level crossing which could enable all new investment and facilities.

The current phase of levelling up funding is aimed at redeveloping or supporting cultural and heritage investment to help with the regeneration or creation of places that can be of importance in towns in cities across the United Kingdom, especially those struggling with depravation.

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