Work is progressing on three major regeneration projects in Caernarfon.
Later this summer, the new Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway station is set to open on St Helen’s Road as part of a wider £15 million revamp of the town’s Waterfront. A new two-screen cinema will also open its doors at the newly extended Galeri venue at Victoria Dock.
Work is also set to start on building 19 new arts and crafts workshops at Cei Llechi. The £5.6 million scheme is aimed at transforming an area that fell into disuse after the slate industry declined.
Local businesses have also benefited from a loan scheme to renovate and regenerate properties in the town centre. Similar funds have now been launched in Bangor, Bethesda and Penygroes.
Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans, who recently visited Caernarfon to see the projects in progress said the town had benefited from over £2.6 million funding: ”It was great to see how this investment is making a real difference, helping businesses grow and prosper, and attracting more people to visit.”
Gwynedd County Council is leading a ‘Tourism Attractor’ project worth £12 million in EU and Welsh Government grants, aimed at improving Caernarfon ”as a place to live, work and visit.”
Councillor Ioan Thomas, the cabinet member for economic development, said: ”The council and our partners have identified the waterfront area of Caernarfon as a key redevelopment area. Through a range of exciting projects, we firmly believe that this historic area of Caernarfon can look forward to a bright future.”
”Work is progressing well on the Galeri 2 project, the new Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways station along with Cei Llechi. Through these projects, we are looking to deliver a shared vision with a number of key local partners that will provide a major boost for local residents, businesses and visitors.”
The new railway station is set to open around the same time as the new Galeri cinema. It will include specialist disabled facilities, including ‘changing places’ toilets, along with retail and catering space.
Work has already been completed on the Galeri extension with the two cinema screens set to be fitted out to create the only full-time multi-screen cinema in the North West.