A Mid Wales tourism leader has described the announcement of £33.1 million investment in the region from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund as “fantastic news” for the region.
Mid Wales has three of the 10 schemes across Wales that were granted £121 million funding in last week’s Budget.
Powys County Council, supported by the Canal & River Trust, received £15.4m for the restoration the Montgomery Canal. The council was also awarded £6.9m for three projects – two in Brecon, including refurbishing Theatre Brycheiniog and establishing a multi-agency hub, and one in Llandrindod Wells, where a brown-field site will be redeveloped for housing.
Ceredigion Council successfully bid for £10.8m to revitalise and regenerate Aberystwyth’s sea front area. The funding will contribute to creating a Living Harbour and revitalised promenade and help to realise Aberystwyth University’s plans to bring new life to the Old College building.
The funding for the Montgomery Canal will be invested in restoring navigation to most of a 4.4-mile section from the English border at Llanymynech to Arddleen, near Welshpool.
Val Hawkins, chief executive of MWT Cymru, which represents more than 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Southern Snowdonia, is delighted with the funding secured for the region.
“This Levelling Up Fund investment in Mid Wales is fantastic news for the region,” she said. “Congratulations to Powys and Ceredigion County Councils and all the other partners involved in the successful bids.
“This funding will be a huge help in the long term for tourism in the region and also contribute to the health and wellbeing agenda which is so important.
“We are delighted with the investment to restore the Montgomery Canal which is a big step towards connecting to the national canal network and it’s great news that Aberystwyth sea front and harbour are going to be regenerated and revitalised.”
January 2022 December 2021 November 2021 October 2021 September 2021 August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 April 2020 March 2020 November 2019 September 2019 August 2019 July 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 January 2018 December 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017