Posted: Wed 1st Feb 2017

Work Begins On Green Link Between Park And Town Centre

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 1st, 2017

Work to revitalise a green link between car parks in Pontypool and the town centre will begin in February. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Pontypool Leisure and Culture Corridors project will create an easily accessible and highly attractive route through the woodland along the Afon Llwyd in Pontypool Park. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Running from the car park at Pontypool Active Living Centre and emerging in the Italian Gardens, the corridor will provide an alternative route for visitors to the park, and residents of Trosnant Street, to access the town centre on foot. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As part of the project the council will also be engaging with the community to create a number of sculptures that tell the story of the town, carry out environmental improvements in the Italian Gardens, create new habitats for native bats, and improve sign posting between the park, the town’s car parks and the shopping area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Work will begin in early February and is expected to last until April, and the route will be closed to the public for the duration of the work. The project has been funded by the Welsh Government under the Vibrant and Viable Places Programme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Lewis Jones, executive member for regeneration, said: “Revitalising this route will create a strong physical connection between the town and its sports and leisure facilities, encouraging people to leave their cars and access the town centre on foot. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It will also allow people to view the tramway tunnel and glimpse a piece of Pontypool’s industrial heritage that they may never have seen before.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor John Cunningham, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “The link between the car park at Pontypool Active Living Centre and the Italian Gardens is a bit of a hidden gem and offers walkers a completely different view of the park and the river. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This project will make this underused route safe and accessible, and create a clean, green link between the car parks and the town.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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