Ogmore MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, have welcomed the new funding announced by the Welsh Labour Government to support the redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall.
The project is part of the Building for the Future programme, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund. The financial support made available to Bridgend County Borough Council includes £858,000 from the Building for the Future programme, £2,001,990 of EU funding and £650,000 from the Valleys Task Force. The funding from the Welsh Government’s Valleys Task Force forms the final piece of the funding jigsaw required to help facilitate the redevelopment, which will transform the building into a community space for decades to come.
The plans for the Town Hall include turning the lower ground floor into a new library alongside a heritage and volunteering centre, a café and additional workspaces. Toilets and fully-accessible changing places will also be installed as part of the redevelopment. The first floor will become a multi-functional performing arts centre with dressing rooms, a bar and a brand new studio theatre. The existing balcony will be retained and refurbished and the two floors of the building will be linked via a modern, glazed atrium and foyer off Talbot Street.
This is the latest in a series of funding successes for the project for both Labour-led Bridgend County Borough Council and the Awen Cultural Trust, who have been working together to secure the remaining funds required to get the project off the ground. In July, a national lottery grant of £774,900 was allocated, meaning the latest funding announced by the Valleys Task Force has completed the funding jigsaw required to deliver the project.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“This is truly wonderful news. Huge congratulations to everyone at Bridgend County Borough Council and the Awen Cultural Trust for all of their efforts in helping to secure the vital funding needed to get this crucial redevelopment started.
“I’ve been delighted to support this project since it was first announced and I can’t wait to see it when it’s complete. It’s fantastic that the much-loved Maesteg Town Hall will now remain a local cultural hub for all generations long into the future.”
Huw Irranca-Davies AM said:
“Since this project was first announced, I’ve been really excited to see the finished result. Now, thanks to the Welsh Government’s Valleys Task Force, we’re another important step closer to seeing this become a reality.
“Maesteg has a rich cultural heritage and I’m delighted that this investment means we’re able to protect and extend this to younger generations in the years ahead. I pay huge credit to everyone who has helped raise in excess of £6 million of funding to ensure this project is delivered for local residents.”