Green light for £36 million regeneration in North Wales
Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Housing and Regeneration has given the green light to £36 million of regeneration projects in North Wales.
Anglesey (£7.49m), Conwy (£12.02m), Flintshire (£6.02m) and Wrexham (£10.59m) were all successful in bidding for funding through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration scheme. The Minister has now outlined the projects proposed by the local authorities which he has now offered to fund.
The Minister said:
“I’m delighted with the range of excellent projects which we will be supporting through this scheme. This Welsh Government funding will see a number of exciting developments and improvements made across North Wales, whilst at the same time creating hundreds of jobs and helping to provide for the community.
“I’ve made no secret of my priority of providing more good quality homes across Wales and so it will come as no surprise that many of the proposed regeneration projects have this at their heart.
“There are projects targeted at renovating empty properties and bringing them back into use, attracting more people to live in town centres and improving the quality and energy efficiency of homes and businesses, for example.
“But I’ve also approved significant funding for a wide range of different projects, including further development at Colwyn Bay Waterfront, a Creative Industries and Arts Centre Development in Wrexham, improvements to the appearance of Deeside town centre and the regeneration of the Market Hall in Anglesey.”
The Minister was speaking during visits to Colwyn Bay and Deeside, where he saw some of the areas that will benefit from the funding and discussed the potential community benefits with the local authorities concerned.
“I’m delighted to see such a community focus to so many of the projects that have been put forward by local authorities.
“In North Colwyn Bay, for example over 500 homes are set to benefit from targeted investment to improve the property exterior and energy efficiency performance. This project will see community benefits alongside neighbourhood management, including a landlord’s loan scheme and the creation of a social lettings project.
“Amongst the plans for Deeside is improving the appearance of shop units in the town centre and encouraging business investment through a grant scheme. The proposed project will also purchase vacant properties and sites for future business use and for redevelopment.
“These are just two of the many worthwhile projects proposed and communities in Wales can look forward to seeing quality regeneration projects which will make a real difference to many.”
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