Economic Recovery Plan for Merthyr Tydfil

Project categories: 
Town centre
Economic development
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

To develop a borough-wide economic recovery plan, including a post-Covid-19 recovery plan, to enable the local authority to deliver core services creatively and to better support local communities.

May 2020 – current
Project Description: 

In early 2020, The means were appointed alongside The Urbanists to develop a borough-wide vision, providing a framework for the local authority to better deliver a number of services that were identified as priorities as part of the local authority’s corporate improvement plan. These services include education, social services, town centres, digital infrastructure and broader Council services. However, during the course of developing the business case and principles for the project, the UK was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thereafter, the assignment evolved to include a post-Covid-19 recovery plan.

The early stages of the commission have involved undertaking a baseline policy review including regional and national policy and a statistical review to determine the starting position for the Council, including any emerging stats on the impact of Covid-19 for the region.

Merthyr Tydfil are already undertaking priority rescue measures to support businesses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are already identifying a marked shift in the business models, demographics and trading habits of certain industries locally impacted by the outbreak. The framework however will seek to provide more long-term measures that go beyond the rescue phase, helping to inform the recovery and reform phases for the region. Engagement with the community will help provide an important contribution to the development of the vision document, with co-authorship also from Council directorates.