North West Wales

Funding boost for Anglesey and Gwynedd heritage and homes projects

The building to be transformed in Menai Bridge
Image caption The history of the two bridges which cross from the mainland to Anglesey will be put on show at Menai Bridge

Plans to turn an empty warehouse in a "fantastic" location on the banks of the Menai Strait into a heritage centre have received a funding boost.

The Prince's Pier building in Menai Bridge will also host office space as part of the £195,000 scheme.

It is one of four projects in Gwynedd and Anglesey to receive grants from the Welsh government.

An environmental scheme in Caernarfon, a heritage centre in Amlwch and several town centres will also benefit.

"The building at Menai Bridge is basically an empty 19th Century warehouse which Menter Mon bought from Anglesey Council years ago, but there's been no budget to do it up until now," said Neil Johnstone, the heritage manager with regeneration body Menter Mon.

"It'll be a joint enterprise between us and the Menai Bridge Heritage Trust which will use part of the space to display the history of the two bridges.

Shops and businesses

"The location really is fantastic as you can see the Telford bridge from the building."

To enable the centre to generate an income two office units will also be developed.

In Amlwch, a £160,000 grant will be used to refurbish the Sail Loft heritage centre in the town's port, improving access and moving the cafe and exhibition space around.

It is a joint venture with the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust.

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd plan to use £120,000 to improve the area around the Bro Seiont housing estate in Caernarfon, including upgrading street lighting.

Across Gwynedd and Anglesey £500,000 will go towards the continuation of town centre improvements.

Councillor John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council cabinet member for the economy, said: "We are delighted to be able to secure additional funding to support Gwynedd's town improvement grant.

"The scheme that has been in place for a number of years is open to town centre shops and businesses to improve the front exterior of their properties.

"Grants of 50% up to £70,000 are available for eligible businesses."

The housing and regeneration minister Carl Sargeant said the grants demonstrated the "commitment" of the Welsh government to local projects and local communities.

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