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Planetarium project proposed for Welsh colliery site

Words: Roger Milne
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Ambitious plans for a major planetarium project capable of seating hundreds of people have been unveiled for a former colliery in South Wales.

The £40 million scheme called Planetariwm Wales is proposed for the Tower Colliery site, the location of the country’s last deep coal mine to close.

The site is alongside the A465 Heads of the Valleys road near Hirwaun and is within a Dark Sky Wales designated area, which protects against light pollution, making it particularly suited to the development.

For those using public transport, access to the site will be available by train from the new Hirwaun Station.

The proposed 26-metre-wide planetarium would be among the largest in the world. The scheme could also include a discovery centre and an education and research facility.

Allan Trow, manager of Dark Sky Wales, the mobile educational company that takes space and planet study to schools across Wales, is involved in the project. He said: “This is going to be a world-leading development.

“Unlike other planetariums in the UK, Planetariwm Wales will seat up to 350 people and be amongst the largest planetariums in the world.”

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