Island Towns Regeneration Boost

by Jenny
(North Wales)

Major towns on Anglesey are to benefit from part of a £38 million regeneration boost for North Wales communities, as part of the European Union Convergence programme.

Leighton Andrews, Deputy Minister for Regeneration, has said that the scheme aims to drive forward economic regeneration in what are seven of Wales’ most deprived communities.

Running over a four year period, the initiative will fund 14 schemes within the Môn a Menai and North Wales Coastal Strategic Regeneration Areas.

A range of historic and derelict buildings across Anglesey will be renovated and brought back into economic use. Among the projects earmarked are:

  • Amlwch: Investment in port area and tourist potential as part of the "copper kingdom" theme, plus environmental improvements

  • Holyhead: Improving run-down historic properties and enhance heritage tourism; improved signs; bring vacant properties back into use

  • Llangefni: Redeveloping the town hall to provide an upstairs office space; improvements to key buildings and riverside

The renovation of Llangefni Town Hall could help to encourage it to become a hub for local food produce, crafts and offices.

Then there is the town square at Amlwch Port which should get an uplift and benefit from improved links between the town and the harbour.

“This programme of regeneration will create a more attractive climate for investment in the region while bringing about sustainable improvements to the built environment for the benefit communities in North Wales." said Mr Andrews.

As well as European funding, there are match funds from the Welsh Assembly Government's Strategic Regeneration Fund and Targeted Match Fund, Sustrans, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Anglesey County Council.

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