The Welsh Labour Government is providing twelve regeneration projects with a £12.8m funding boost, creating more than 400 new jobs, 50 traineeships and over 220 new homes.
Welsh Labour’s Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, announced projects including the creation of 16 two-bedroom flats in Holyhead town centre, a new employment hub on the Kingsway in Swansea and a family entertainment zone on the Rhyl waterfront are set to benefit from the significant Vibrant and Viable Places funding boost.
The additional funding brings the total investment in the Welsh Government’s flagship regeneration scheme to £118 million. A recent report found, between 2014 - 17, the programme will create more than 2,000 jobs, support 3,000 people into work and bring a further £300 million into Wales. It is also expected to provide 1,000 affordable homes and more than 2,300 homes in the private sector.
The local authorities who will receive the additional Vibrant and Viable Places funding are:
Anglesey - £531,000 to help build 16 two-bedroom flats which will provide additional general needs social housing.
Blaenau Gwent - £125,000 to support the creation of the new Sirhowy Tenant and Residents (STAR) centre in Tredegar.
Caerphilly - £191,275 to support the area’s Men’s Shed project, which offers a range of practical activities to encourage social interaction and engagement among men.
Conwy - £680,000 for a project to improve the energy efficiency of 33 properties in Lawson Road, Colwyn Bay.
Denbighshire - £3.5m for a family entertainment zone on the Rhyl waterfront. The funding will enable the demolition of the vacant Sun Centre and construction of a new building.
Flintshire - £500,000 for a project to improve private owner occupied properties – mainly in Garden City - identified by Flintshire County Council in Deeside, extending works already undertaken through the VVP Programme in the area.
Gwynedd - £600,000 for a new fit for purpose railway terminus that will provide world class facilities for visitors and locals alike. A £400,000 funding grant is also being provided for improved access and links between the Waterfront environment and the town centre.
Neath Port Talbot – £2.7 million to create 41 social housing apartments in the town and £356,000 to restore the former art deco Plaza Cinema.
Newport - £40,000 to support a review of the city’s regeneration strategy.
Swansea - £2.45m to buy and refurbish buildings on the Kingsway to create a new employment hub.
Torfaen - £40,000 to support a review of the review of Pontypool’s regeneration strategy.
Wrexham - £500,000 for additional works to the Arts and Creative Industries Hub which is being developed on Chester Street in the town.