Posted on: Wednesday 29 September 2021
Work is due to start on the first phase of a project to regenerate the former ironworks site in Pontypool, known as The British.
The work will focus on improving the safety of underground mine works and reducing the risk of flooding by creating a new watercourse and pond.
This phase is essential to improve the safety of the site and is the first piece in The British Masterpiece jigsaw, which was approved by Torfaen Councillors in November 2018 and aims to regenerate the area.
Members of the project team will be on the site at the Big Arch, in Talywain, between 2pm and 6.30pm, on Thursday to discuss the first stage of the project and answer any questions.
Torfaen Council's Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration, Councillor Joanne Gauden, said: "It is great news the project has reached this first crucial stage.
"It will reduce the risk posed by dangerous and flooded underground workings and it will bring the long-awaited regeneration of the area one step closer.
"We hope the community will come along on Thursday to learn more about the work, ask questions, and find out about exciting opportunities to get involved in improving biodiversity on the site."
Work is due to begin on the site in the next few weeks and will begin with an investigation of the shafts and adits that may exist along the proposed new, above-ground
The next stage will be to improve the safety of the investigated shafts and adits, and then create the new pond and watercourse.
This first phase, which is due to be completed in March 2023, has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.