There’s lots to celebrate in Wrexham at the moment as ambitious funding plans begin to become a reality.
Last week the UK Government confirmed its commitment to Levelling Up the UK and awarded over £13 million to Wrexham for much needed visitor improvements to the World Heritage Site.
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The funding will be increased to over £15 million with further contributions from partners and will see the creation of modern visitor amenities to provide facilities such as accessible toilets, mother and baby facilities and prayer rooms. There will also be improvements to access to the site to make it accessible for all and the creation of a high quality outdoor space which will increase wellbeing and the visitor experience.
This news has been quickly followed by confirmation from the UK Government of a successful funding bid of over £219,000 from the Community Renewal Fund for two projects. The first will be used to reduce vacant premises in the town centre.
The second is for a feasibility study for a Smart Local Energy System led by the North Wales Economic Ambition Board which seeks to support the development of innovative energy solutions.”
The Wrexham Gateway project is also moving forward and has already received funding of £25 million from the Welsh Government and we remain committed to securing the outstanding funds to complete this ambitious and important project.
“High aspirations are paying off”
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said, “There’s no doubt that our high aspirations for Wrexham are beginning to pay off and the commitment to Wrexham by both Welsh and UK Governments are testimony to this.
“We are certainly on the map as regional leaders as we continue to work with partners across the N.Wales and the border with both the North Wales Ambition Board and the Mersey Dee Alliance.”
“Our longlisting as City of Culture 2025 is also very encouraging news, the only area in Wales to be shortlisted which has already brought us recognition from across the UK which underlines the commitment we have to our heritage and culture both past and present.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in all these bids and for their hard work and continued commitment to Wrexham and the wider region.”
Ian Bancroft, Chief Executive, said, “There’s no doubt there’s been a lot of good news in Wrexham for us to celebrate and hope this continues into the future.
“We have raised our ambitions in recent years and these are now coming to fruition with Wrexham fast becoming the regional leader in North Wales and further afield in recognition of unique border location.”
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