Posted on: Wednesday 19 April 2023
Residents are invited to have their say on a 10-year plan to develop and improve one of Torfaen's most popular attractions.
The draft Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Strategy outlines how the four and a half miles through Torfaen will be managed and includes an action plan that sets out activities to improve the canal environment in the short, medium and long-term.
It was developed following public consultation last autumn, during which more than 1,200 people told us what they loved about the canal and how they would like to see it improved.
You can read the draft strategy and make any comments on our Get Involved Torfaen website. Alternatively, the team will be holding two drop-in sessions on Thursday 4 May. The consultation will close on Tuesday 8 May.
Alice Rees, Torfaen Council's Canal Co-Ordinator, said: "We had a fantastic response to our consultation, with thousands of comments from people who told us they use the canal for exercise and enjoy the tranquility and wildlife.
"They also told us what could be done to improve the experience, like providing more seating and tackling issues with litter.
"We have used this information to shape and develop the draft strategy and action plan. This will help us take a step-by-step approach to making the most of our beautiful canal as it runs through the heart of our borough and the hearts of our residents."
The action plan includes improvements such as:
- Installing at least 10 new or replacement benches and bins.
- Replacing missing bridge numbers.
- Proving opportunities for people to learn more about the history and wildlife.
Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration, said: "The canal belongs to everyone in Torfaen and we are keen to hear what you think about the short, medium and long term plans to develop and improve it."
If you would like to discuss the draft strategy in person, the team will be holding public sessions on Thursday 4 May. They will be at Pontypool Indoor Market, between 10am and 1pm, and Cwmbran Community Centre, Ventnor Road, Cwmbran, between 3pm and 6pm. Please note that the Community Centre is located behind the main Council House. Free parking is available.
If you would like to leave your views and comments in Welsh at any of the drop-in sessions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org three days before the session you are attending.