Sunday, 1 November 2009

Public get to see Amlwch Port plans

Regeneration plans to boost the historic harbour area of Amlwch Port will be unveiled to the public next week.

Anglesey County Council has initially earmarked £200,000 for improvements to existing facilities in a bid to attract more visitors to an area rich in maritime and industrial heritage.

Members of the public will have their first chance to see the plans during an exhibition at Amlwch Memorial Hall on Wednesday, November 11th 2009, between 2pm and 6pm.

Economic Development and Tourism portfolio holder, Councillor Bryan Owen, explained, "The harbour, together with the Parys Mountain copper mine, played an integral part in the industrial revolution during the 18th century. These new plans form part of a long-term vision to improve the area and attract more visitors to North Anglesey, under the 'Copper Kingdom' banner."

Council officers will be showing proposals for improving maritime infrastructure, the Port Square and Quayside, as well as ideas for making better use of some key buildings close to the harbour.

The first phase of works, which involve enhancing the existing slipway and repairs to the historic harbour walls, is due to start in early November.

The scheme to improve maritime infrastructure at Amlwch Port forms an important part of the County Council's £5.6m Coastal Environment Project. Funding has been provided by the European Union's Convergence Programme - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); Welsh Assembly Government's Môn a Menai Programme and Targeted Match Fund and Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Amlwch Port's county councillor, Dylan Jones, welcomed the forthcoming exhibition, adding, "I'm glad to see the potential of the harbour area being realised and keen for local residents, businesses and others who use the harbour to see the plans for themselves. The exhibition will help keep people informed about the project and its plans to help regenerate the area."

Other significant environmental and physical improvements will also be carried out as part of the North Wales Physical Regeneration Scheme, also funded by the EU Convergence Programme and Welsh Assembly's Government's Môn a Menai Programme.

For further details please contact Anglesey County Council's Economic Development Unit on (01248) 752480/ 2435.


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