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28/08/2014

Welsh town centres get cash for regeneration

Tredegar

Tredegar in Blaenau Gwent and Grangetown in Cardiff will get £1 million from the Welsh government for town and district centre improvements.

In Grangetown, work will include making the area more pedestrian-friendly, improving public spaces, landscaping, making safe crossing points and enhanced signage. There will also be a community hub, offering support to local unemployed people to find a job.

In Tredegar, part of the fund will be matched by Heritage Lottery funding to renovate a number of historic buildings in the area. Other work will include improvements to roofs, windows and boilers for selected homes.
Grangetown and Tredegar are two of seven areas across Wales to benefit from the £7 million Vibrant and Viable Places Tackling Poverty fund. It focuses on investing in and improving town and district centres for the local community.

Announcing the funding details for the two areas, Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, said: “Town centres play a vital role in community life and this Welsh government funding will help bring about improvements in the areas that need it the most.”

Other areas earmarked for cash from the fund include Rhymney in Caerphilly, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Rhyl in Denbighshire, Caernafon in Gwynedd, and Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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