Friday, 25 June 2010

Regeneration?

Posted on This is My Truth on 23 June


The South Wales Argus reports that £500,000 of regeneration funding from WAG is to be spent on a 'new salt storage centre'

The building at Waun-y-Pound in Ebbw Vale will able to store 10,000 tonnes of salt and cost £500,000 to construct.

Councils in the Heads of the Valleys area, which includes Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil, will share the building to store supplies of salt.

The authorities realised they needed additional storage for salt during the winter - when highways departments found themselves short of stock during long periods of ice and snow.

Some councils in Gwent were down to just a couple of hundred tonnes of salt in the bad weather in January and gritting teams worked round the clock to ensure road networks were safe.

Funding for the project has been secured through a £500,000 grant from the Heads of the Valleys Programme.

The programme is a 15-year regeneration project which aims to make the area more attractive, improve the local economy, ensure the residents are well-educated, skilled and healthy and boost tourism.

Exciting news no doubt, but will this really aid the long term regeneration of one of the poorest parts of Europe?

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