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Caerphilly granted £20m as part of Government’s levelling-up fund

CAERPHILLY County Borough Council has been granted £20 million for a new leisure centre as part of the UK Government’s levelling-up fund.

The new leisure centre, which is to be built near Caerphilly Business Park, is estimated to cost £33.6 million and will replace Caerphilly Leisure Centre.

According to the council leader, Cllr Sean Morgan, the project will need to be delivered by March 2025, in-line with the UK Government’s expectations.

At a cabinet meeting on June 29, 2022, Rhian Kyte, Head of Regeneration and Planning, said the chosen location was at the centre of the plans for the leisure centre.

Ms Kyte added that the leisure centre would be close to Lansbury Park and close to the train station – making it easier for those in the Rhymney valley to reach.

The council made a total of three bids including one for an Alpine Coaster in Cwmcarn Forest and another for the redevelopment of Caerphilly railway station and the bus interchange – but only the leisure centre bid was approved in this round.

The council had the opportunity to submit one bid for each parliamentary constituency – Caerphilly and Islwyn – and one further transport bid.

The UK Government has confirmed plans for a further round, which could see other bids approved.