£400k re­gen­er­a­tion scheme is boost­ing town’s trade

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - BY GARETH WYN WIL­LIAMS

A £400,000 re­gen­er­a­tion scheme is al­ready boost­ing trade in Holy­head town cen­tre, ac­cord­ing to a na­tional re­tail chain.

An­gle­sey Coun­cil has used Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to im­prove ac­cess and park­ing for ve­hi­cles on Mar­ket Street – a move which has helped the lo­cal Co-op­er­a­tive Food store be­come one of the chain’s best per­form­ing stores in Wales.

The Mar­ket Street scheme is part of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment funded Vi­brant and Vi­able Places (VVP) re­gen­er­a­tion pro­gramme for Holy­head.

Holy­head town cen­tre’s Co-op­er­a­tive Food store man­ager Dan Hunt re­cently told mem­bers of Holy­head Vi­brant and Vi­able Places re­gen­er­a­tion fo­rum how the pro­ject had led to a sig­nif­i­cant growth in sales.

Mr Hunt said: “The re­gen­er­a­tion of Mar­ket Street has al­lowed more cus­tomers to ac­cess what The Co-Op­er­a­tive has to of­fer Holy­head. Not only that, our ex­ist­ing, loyal cus­tomers are mak­ing use of the park­ing spa­ces in the street to buy more as they don’t have to carry it home. As a re­sult, we’ve seen our sales grow at a rate that out­strips most other Co-Ops in Wales over the sum­mer. We’re de­lighted with the im­pact the work has had.”

The news has also been wel­comed by the County Coun­cil’s Deputy Leader and Highways port­fo­lio holder Cllr J Ar­wel Roberts.

He added: “De­liv­er­ing the scheme was cer­tainly very chal­leng­ing, but it al­ready seems to be mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.

“I’d like to thank the of­fi­cers from An­gle­sey’s Highways Ser­vice who helped make it hap­pen, to­gether with the Town Cen­tre Fo­rum and Welsh Gov­ern­ment for their sup­port”.

The Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Re­gen­er­a­tion in Wales, Lesley Grif­fiths, said: “I am very pleased to hear our £389,000 in­vest­ment in Mar­ket Street is en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple than ever be­fore to visit the town cen­tre and use their lo­cal stores.

“Town cen­tres are the heart the lo­cal com­mu­nity - of­fer­ing ac­cess to vi­tal ser­vices, sup­port­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to come to­gether to so­cialise.”

Holy­head High Street

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