ABERTILLERY TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION
£13million revamp for Abertillery Town Centre
Abertillery Town Centre is undergoing major Regeneration through a £13 million European funding package over 5 years.
The Welsh Government has confirmed that Blaenau Gwent Council has been successful in a bid for funding to help boost the economic development of the town centre and provide a better environment for the local community and businesses as well as attracting visitors and potential investors to the town.
Welsh Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt AM, and Deputy Minister for Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies AM, announced a £10m Welsh Government funding package, which includes support from the European Regional Development Fund, Targeted Match Fund and Heads of the Valleys programme. The remainder of the funding will come from the Council and private sector resources.
Key town centre sites are receiving a makeover including Church Street, High Street, Somerset Street and a new gateway feature will be constrructed on Foundry Square.
Tillery Street will undergo a transformation and works to improve derelict and prominent buildings in the town will get underway. The town centre car park will also be refurbished and CCTV equipment installed. A new traffic scheme will improve the flow of vehicles around the town.
Funding will also be available for existing and new businesses to create or safeguard jobs, as well as for improvements to the appearance of commercial properties.
ABERTILLERY MULTI - STOREY CAR PARK LATEST UPDATE
The Multi Storey Car Park continues to progress at speed, and on the 17th and 18th of September concrete was poured over supporting steelwork to form the upper deck. The contractors have also started laying block-work to the Western elevation, and the formation of the concrete steps to the Northern elevation is nearing completion. The overall scheme remains on schedule to be opened in November.
Jubilee Square was a collaborative project between The Church in Wales and Blaenau Gwent County Borough to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2012. The civic square was opened to the public in February 2013 and is also intended as an outdoor events facility.
FORMER TRINITY CHAPEL, ABERTILLERY –
Works on Trinity Chapel recommenced in early August following delays in diverting an under ground sewer main. Repairs to the stonework are ongoing and a specialist subcontractor will shortly start internal structural support work to the building. The Council continue discussions with an interested tenant and anticipate completion of the scheme by early March 2015.
TILLERY/DIVISION STREET ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT SCHEME
The Council are currently awaiting Planning consent before progressing the proposed environmental enhancement scheme on the vacant corner plot at the junction of Tillery/Division Street. It is anticipated that works will commence in early December. The scheme will enhance the visual impact at the northern gateway to the town centre, with the use of quality paving,heathers and subtle up lighting.
ABERTILLERY PUBLIC REALM ENHANCEMENTS - HIGH STREET/SOMERSET STREET
Regeneration works to the public realm on Somerset Street are now complete with works now focusing on the bus terminal area on High Street. Enhancements include new paving, bus shelters, lighting and street furniture. The scheme is scheduled for completion towards the end of October 2014.
CARMEL STREET CAR PARK
The Council are currently finalising details for the acquisition of the Arena Club on Carmel Street, which will enable the Council to demolish the property to create additional off-street car parking provision. It is anticipated that works will commence January 2015 with a planned completion date for the end of March 2015.
PHYSICAL REGENERATION GRANTS
The Physical Regeneration Grants (PRG’s) Programme has attracted a considerable amount of interest and private sector investment.
Recent schemes along Somerset Street have seen the refurbishment of the old FADS property into three separate units, and the ongoing refurbishment of properties 2,4,6,8 and 10 are having a significant positive impact on the streetscape. If businesses within the Town Centre are interested in applying for a PRG, please contact Matthew John (Projects Officer) on 01495 355533.
For regular updates regarding the Abertillery Town Centre Regeneration Programme, please go online and visit the Council’s Regeneration web page www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/regeneration.asp