Owen Meredith, the Conservative candidate for Caerphilly in May’s Assembly elections has welcomed proposals by Caerphilly County Borough Council to create a heritage site in the town centre.
The development is expected to include a library, a council customer service centre, a heritage centre and Gwent Police.
Mr Meredith said: “This is the kind of development Caerphilly needs. In fact, I wrote to the council just last week asking them why the town centre had been allowed to become collection of empty and unsightly premises. I pushed them to take action on the Co-Co Discount and Post Office sites in a way that would maximise the tourism potential of the town centre and capture some of the heritage of Caerphilly on the high street.”
However, Mr Meredith criticised the decision to spend taxpayer’s money on a new building.
He said: “This is the right idea, but I am not sure the current plans make the most of what we have. I would rather see the existing site redeveloped, at a smaller cost and retaining its history, rather than knocked down and rebuilt as seems to be the proposal here.”