£400k regeneration scheme is boosting town’s trade
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.”
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