Building Resilience in Rhondda Cynon Taff Towns

Project categories: 
Town centre
Economic development
Community development
Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

To develop a plan to make the eight principle towns in the county more resilient in the face of current and future crises.

August – October 2020
Project Description: 

In August 2020, The means were commissioned by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council to develop an ambitious recovery plan, providing evidence-based guidance for a renewal strategy that will be transformational for the County. The eight principal towns that were the focus of the study were Aberdare, Mountain Ash, Ferndale, Treorchy, Tonypandy, Porth, Pontypridd, Llantrisant.

From our perspective, resilience means more than the ability to cope with adversity. Our plan therefore sets out to go beyond what local authorities are already doing as part of the current ‘rescue’ phase, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and flooding in the region and provides a vision that will support communities to reach their potential and long-term aspirations.

The plan’s recommendations include methods for mobilising all actors who have the interest and capacity to make a difference and provides a framework that supports the sustainability of those efforts. Our intelligence-led framework is based on The means’ 8C’s, which recognises the importance of balance between the Commercial, Public (Civic) and third sectors (Culture, College and Community) and also offers a ‘resilience alert’ tool that can be used to measure the strengths and weaknesses that each offers.

Online and telephone interviews carried out with 70 businesses from across the eight study towns including a handful of ‘deep dive’ interviews also offered valuable feedback to inform our recommendations. The results provided additional insight on the impact on businesses and gaps in provision that offer opportunities for improvement.