The town hall in Maesteg, Wales, is scheduled to receive £3.5M in funding from the Welsh Government and the European Union for aesthetic revitalisation and to make the building a cultural and community hub.
Funding will be spent on the creation of a new library service, improved meeting and conference space, a studio theatre, a children’s play area, superfast Wi-Fi, a new glass atrium, improved bar and catering facilities, an enhanced dressing room, and backstage facilities.
It is hoped that the new town hall will reflect the culture and history of the local area while also teaching children and adults new skills that will be useful to developing a sociable and integrated community.
The Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister, Hannah Blythyn stated: “This beautiful architecturally important building which has served the community for so long is getting a new lease of life, and I look forward to seeing it flourish and grow.
“It will enable local people to come together and act as the social heart of the Maesteg community. In addition to a range of innovative resources, it will provide spaces for increased learning and skill opportunities in conjunction with a variety of partners.”
The revitalisation project for the Maesteg Town Hall falls under the Building for the Future programme which aims to obtain and regenerate abandoned buildings and urban land across West Wales and the Valleys.
The funds for the project have come, in part, from the Building for the Future programme fund with the specific amounts of investment equalling £858,000 from the programme, a little over £2M in EU funding, and £650,000 from the Valleys Task Force.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, Councillor Charles Smith concluded: “This is excellent news and I would like to thank Welsh Government and congratulate everyone who has helped deliver the successful bid for funding.
“It marks a major step forward in our plans to safeguard the future of this historic old building even as we look towards ensuring that it is fully equipped to meet the modern needs of the community here in Bridgend County Borough.”
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