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Comrades

Another year has passed and the good ship Taff Bargoed appears to have reached calmer waters. Activity during the year has once again been determined by capacity and predicament, however, with the arrival in calmer waters we are able to see further and wider horizons to brighten our future alongside a degree of control over our journey whereby, with careful management we can avoid the tempestuous turmoil that so very nearly capsized us.

I would like to mention those who have assisted us by means of grant funding. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and The Welsh Church Act Fund financed new roller shutter access to the rear of the South Industrial Unit. We received funding, again through the WCAF, to enable us to update computer equipment and improve communications in the future. We also received Ffos-Y-Fran funding and Community Foundation in Wales funding to renovate the training room and offices in the South Unit which will help to attract new tenants. For their support and continuing recognition of the Trust I would like to extend our grateful thanks.

Funding is very important to all organisations and for us there is no greater contributor within the present modus operandi than our tenants. Rock UK have signed very recently a new lease that will secure their presence here for many years. To compliment this they have also recently won a multi-faceted funding bid to renovate and upgrade the facilities at Taff Bargoed Centre. 18 months from now the centre will become a beacon for adventure activities with further activities planned on site and capacity for up to 130 residents in 5 star bunkhouse style accommodation. In line with MTBC’s strategy for the valley Rock UK, and by default TBDT, will be delivering a huge contribution to attracting visitors and creating local employment. I look forward to these developments and on behalf of the Trust would like to thank Rock UK and their CEO John Heasman for their foresight and no small degree of expertise in winning the funding and enhancing our property and our citizens’ prospects.

Gibbons Coaches are well established at Taff Bargoed Centre and have proven to be very reliable tenants. We intend to further upgrade their East Unit facility with additional parking and hard standing to offer greater space and flexibility for their business. I am grateful to Gibbons for their positive attitude and ongoing relationship that is working so well for both parties.

I must also thank MTCBC who continue to rent a container from the Trust that helps support the park and its ongoing maintenance requirements. Two other containers will now be available in order to attract further use by local businesses.

D.J. Autos were a tenant until June 2016 within the South Unit and I must thank them for their presence. However the change of use concerning the South Unit can now facilitate full workshop facilities which will provide a more attractive business opportunity for someone in the near future.

Luke Trollope, who ran the gym at the Centre decided to move on having spent three years as a Trust tenant and has found worthwhile employment with Caerphilly County Borough Council. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution. However the Trust has always been keen on retaining a fitness suite at its Centre and a new facility is being incorporated within the redevelopment by Rock UK in the near future.

Jon Rees
Trust Chair
February 2017