Work progressing well on Caernarfon multi-million-pound regeneration projects
The Welsh Government’s Housing and Regeneration Minister recently visited a number of major regeneration projects in Caernarfon which are being led by Gwynedd Council.
The Council, working with a number of local partners, is co-ordinating the £12 million EU-backed Tourism Attractor Destinations (TAD) programme in Caernarfon. This work builds on the wider Vibrant & Viable Places (VVP) redevelopment programme, which began in 2014. The confirmation of TAD funding, following on from the VVP investment, meant that Gwynedd Council had secured £15 million towards key strategic priorities
Rebecca Evans, the Housing and Regeneration Minister recently visited Caernarfon’s multi million pound regeneration projects. She visited the Cei Llechi project, the new Welsh Highland Railway railway terminus, Galeri’s new cinema as well as local buildings that have benefitted from the Town Centre Loan Fund.
She said: “Caernarfon has benefitted from £2.66 million in Vibrant and Viable Places funding to regenerate the town and Waterfront, and over £700,000 in Town Centre Loans.
“It was great to see how this investment is making a real difference, helping businesses grow and prosper, and attracting more people to visit.”
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Economic Development Cabinet Member said:
“The Council and our partners have identified the waterfront area of Caernarfon as a key redevelopment area. Through a range of exciting projects, we firmly believe that this historic area of Caernarfon can look forward to a bright future.
“Work is progressing well on the Galeri 2 project, the new Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways station along with Cei Llechi. Through these projects, we are looking to deliver a shared vision with a number of key local partners that will provide a major boost for local residents, businesses and visitors.”
Two of the three regeneration projects are due to open late this summer. Construction work is progressing on the new railway terminal on St Helen’s Road, with the site expected to be open in September. The train season started in late March, and building work will coincide with day to day running of the railway.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are developing a new station building which will form a key part of the Waterfront Initiative. The new station will include a ‘changing places’ toilets, where people with profound and multiple learning disabilities who often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. This is one of the first such facilities in Gwynedd, and in addition to other innovative schemes, such as Beic’s Menai’s adaptive bikes project, Caernarfon is aiming to become a destination that is accessible to all.
Galeri’s new cinema will open its doors in September. The new extension is now ‘water tight’ and the next phase of work will see the internal fit-out of the two cinema screens. The new cinema in Galeri will become Anglesey and Gwynedd’s only multi-screen full time cinema.
With further support from Heritage Lottery Funding, building work is expected to begin this summer on the £5.6 million Cei Llechi scheme, where 19 workshops will be created to be used by local artisans / craftspeople. This area had fallen into disuse since the decline of the Slate Industry, and Caernarfon Harbour Trust have considered many options to try and revitalise the site. This essential funding will provide a vibrant and exciting resource for the community, businesses and visitors alike, as well as safeguarding the future of this important heritage asset.
The Caernarfon Tourism Attractor Destination project led by Croeso Cymru, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. It aims to improve the town as a place to live, work and visit.
1: Work is progressing well on the Galeri 2 project
2: Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are developing a new station building which will form a key part of the Waterfront Initiative