Improvements taking shape at canal

Posted on: Wednesday 3 November 2021

Work to create a new area for wildlife enthusiasts will start soon along the canal in Cwmbran.

The plans include a new pond dipping platform and seating alongside the canal by Pontnewydd Park, as well as improved footpaths and a new footbridge to the park.

A new landscaped entranceway into the park will also be built to open the canal up to visitors.

Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Economy and Skills, said: “These enhancements will really make a difference to the area, and I hope local residents and visitors will enjoy them.

“None of these enhancements would be possible without funding, which is why I would like to thank the Welsh Government for their continued support.”

The project forms part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Adventure Triangle Programme. It aims to develop outdoor recreation, tourism and leisure activity along the canal in Torfaen and Caerphilly and connecting upland areas of Mynydd Maen.

Torfaen County Borough Council, in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Canal and River Trust, were successful in securing funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government as part of Visit Wales’ Tourism Attractor Destination programme as well as Targeted Match Funding.

The Tourism Attractor Destination Programme contains 13 regionally prioritised projects, which aims to create must visit destinations to drive interest in Wales as a holiday destination for new and repeat visitors.

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