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The familiar benches and litter bins in Queens Square are set for a refurbishment thanks to funding from the Welsh Government’s Town Centre Recovery Fund.

The benches have been in place since the late 1990’s and have been well used throughout that time meaning the time has come to give them some careful attention.

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The benches will be removed beginning 14 February and the works should take three to four weeks when they will be re-installed and ready for the next two decades.

Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economic Development, said, “The benches have been in place for over two decades now and they’re looking tired and in need of some TLC. We plan to refurbish or replace the benches and replace all the bins which will make this important part of the town centre attractive to visitors.”

Any benches that have to be replaced will be identical to the original ones keeping the character of the town centre consistent.

The Welsh Government Town Centre Recovery Fund was announced in July 2020 during the gradual easing of Covid-19 restrictions. At that time outside dining could only be catered for by businesses and the fund aimed to help them purchase tables and chairs to allow them to adapt to this.

Although this funding initiative was successful in supporting businesses , with a significant take up, a surplus was identified which has now been redistributed to invest in town centre public improvements including street furniture and equipment.

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