£15m water­front plans ‘ma­jor boost’ for re­gion

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A £15 MIL­LION re­gen­er­a­tion of Caernar­fon’s water­front will make it a “must-see” des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors.

The Her­itage Lottery has ear­marked £3.5m for the Cei Llechi (Slate Quay) project, which will tran­sform the area into a hub for crafts­men. This, cou­pled with the build­ing of a sec­ond cin­ema screen at The Ga­leri at £3.5m, and the cre­ation of a new Ffes­tin­iog and Welsh High­land Rail­way sta­tion, ex­pected to cost £2.3m, will pull in thou­sands more tourists and lo­cals to what is a rel­a­tively un­de­vel­oped part of Caernar­fon.

As part of a sec­ond phase, Cadw, the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s his­toric mon­u­ment ser­vice, is con­sid­er­ing car­ry­ing out im­prove­ments to the cas­tle and up­grad­ing road links, which will push the to­tal cost of the project to around £15m.

The town’s mayor and Gwynedd Cab­i­net mem­ber for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Ioan Thomas said: “Caernar­fon’s water­front is steeped in his­tory and we want to en­sure that it can look for­ward to a vi­brant and sus­tain­able fu­ture. The ini­tia● tive in­cludes lo­cal part­ners work­ing to­gether to­wards a shared vi­sion that’ll pro­vide a ma­jor boost for lo­cal res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors.

“The Cei Llechi area will be a hub for crafts mak­ers and ar­ti­sans; Ga­leri will also be adding to its al­ready di­verse pro­gram­ming, en­sur­ing that lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors willill beb ablebl to en­joy the lat­est film re­leases in a cin­ema sit­u­ated in a unique lo­ca­tion at Doc Fic­to­ria.

“The new Ffes­tin­iog and High­land Rail­way Sta­tion ter­mi­nus will cre­ate a nat­u­ral link from the rail­way to the town and cre­ate a con­ve­nient route to the Maes. “The fact that we have been able to put in place a sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing pack­age is a huge vote of con­fi­dence in Caernar­fon and a fur­ther boost to our ef­forts to re­gen­er­ate the town and sur­round­ing area.”

The new cin­ema in Ga­leri will be­come An­gle­sey and Gwynedd’s only multi-screen full time cin­ema. Ga­leri chief Gwyn Roberts said: “It’s sat­is­fy­ing to see work now pro­gress­ing on the site. The es­ti­mated con­struc­tion pe­riod is around 12 PICS: AR­WYN ROBERTS months,h so theh new cin­ema spa­ces willll b be open dur­ing sum­mer 2018.”

Ffes­tin­iog & Welsh High­land Rail­ways chief Paul Lewin said: “We are proud to be in­vest­ing in Caernar­fon. The new sta­tion will of­fer much-im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and is bring­ing £2m work to the lo­cal area in the next 12 months. With the open­ing due in sum­mer 2018, the sta­tion will cre­ate a good im­pres­sion for ar­riv­ing vis­i­tors and en­cour­age them to take time to ex­plore Caernar­fon and its many at­trac­tions.”

Cei Llechi Project Board chair­man Bob Lowe said: “The re­gen­er­a­tion of this part of the his­toric water­front will pro­vide space for lo­cal ar­ti­sans to de­velop ex­ist­ing and new busi­nesses, cre­at­ing up to 30 new jobs. With a fair wind we hope to make a start on-site soon after Christ­mas 2017 and be open for busi­ness by the sum­mer of 2019.”

● Caernar­fon water­front re­gen­er­a­tion in­cludes work on the Slate Quay and a new rail­way sta­tion (be­low) and CADW are now con­sid­er­ing cas­tle and road im­prove­ments as part of a sec­ond phase of works

Mayor Ioan Thomas

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