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The establishment of a vast regional park that will protect and develop natural, cultural and heritage assets throughout much of the South Wales valleys has moved a step closer.

Stretching from Carmarthenshire all the way to Monmouthshire, Bridgend County Borough lies at the centre of the Valleys Regional Park (VRP) - a Welsh Government initiative which aims to promote tourism, create new employment and maximise social, economic and environmental advantages.

The initiative is seeking to develop a highly visible network of uplands, woodlands, nature reserves, country parks, lakes, reservoirs, canals and more throughout the region.

Both Bryngarw Country Park and Parc Slip Nature Reserve have been selected as 'valley gateway' sites within this network, and have been invited to submit bids to fund enhancements and improvements.

Now Bridgend County Borough Council has accepted an invitation to act as a host authority for the VRP's 'revenue resource' team, which will link in with colleagues in Cardiff as they cover the region to provide strategic and operational leadership across the initiative.

Cllr Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity and I am really pleased that Bridgend County Borough Council has been selected to host a core part of the team that will be developing and delivering the Valleys Regional Park.

"With high hopes that funding bids for improvements at Bryngarw and Parc Slip will be successful, this places Bridgend County Borough at the centre of this exciting initiative, and we will be working closely alongside fellow councils and partner organisations to maximise its benefits."

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