19/03/2010

£10.3m for Aberystwyth Regeneration

The National Assembly yesterday announced funding of £10.3 million over three years to help the regeneration of Aberystwyth.

Last October, the Assembly Government announced that Aberystwyth had been designated a Strategic Regeneration Area (SRA), which involves creating a specific regeneration plan for the town and surrounding area.

Yesterday, Plaid Cymru’s Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies (pictured), visited Aberystwyth to announce £10.3 million in capital funding for the project over the next three financial years. Earlier in the day she had helped launch the Tai Ceredigion housing association at an event in Felinfach which was well attended by tenants.

The SRA action plan will encompass five key themes –
* the town,
* seafront and promenade
* housing,
* employment
* travel

A consultation will be held with key stakeholders on the plan.

Ceredigion’s Assembly Member Elin Jones said:
“I’m very pleased that the Minister took time to visit Aberystwyth today to announce this significant funding, which will give a welcome boost to businesses in the town. These regeneration plans will also help establish Aberystwyth as the capital for Mid Wales and I look forward to see the action plan once it’s complete”.

Plaid’s General Election candidate Penri James added:
“Many other areas in Wales have already benefited from being designated as a Strategic Regeneration Area. I hope that the benefits can be replicated once again in the Aberystwyth area and that every effort will be made to take the views of local residents and businesses into account while the plan is being developed”.

This last point is particularly important and people will be watching with interest. In the first instance the funding looks to be a real boost for the planned development at Mill Street car park.

2 comments:

  1. Alan ChamberlainMarch 19, 2010

    That's fantastic news. In the past I've been down to Cardigan and Haverford West and they have/are really transforming the towns. I imagine that the regeneration that they have done will, and is having a massive impact upon the tourist industry there. It looks like a lot of thought has gone into what they have done - no UPVC windows anywhere!:).

    The seafront in Aber is in real need of regeneration, sympathetic to the architecture of the town. This could have a real impact upon tourism and the local economy. It would be great to see some of this money spent on greening some of the housing stock, especially in Penparcau. Also would be great to see some free Wi-Fi points in town, where people could access the net etc, would cost very little and could provide a valuable service. Could this money also provide the cycle tracks etc to the north of Aber that were once talked about.

    It'd be great to see some community involvement with whatever happens. Excellent news again!

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  2. Glad to see the SRA action plan is working for the promenade with the new regulations for hire of the Bandstand it will mean less events for the tourists and locals alike
    Well Done

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