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Published on : Saturday, August 5, 2017
Major plans for increasing tourism at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct have come under the spotlight with the launching of a new public consultation. Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust charity in Wales, Wrexham County Borough Council and Solutia UK Ltd. are collaborating with a range of stakeholders to identify potential opportunities for tourism and economic regeneration at the Trevor Basin and neighbouring communities of Acrefair, Cefn Mawr, Trevor and Froncysyllte.
Among the key components of the plan is the future development around the World Heritage Site and a former industrial site at Trevor owned by Solutia UK Ltd. The study area boasts a challenging mix of land uses from brownfield sites left vacant after the shutting down of chemical and brick manufacturing industries to an internationally-important canal tourist destination.
Currently Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site currently attract 250,000-300,000 visitors. The site is expected to bring more jobs and economic prosperity to the area.
In the first stakeholder meeting, there were suggestions for a new visitor centre and canal basin next to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct put forward. Other proposals also included a treetop pathway, improved cycling and walking routes; nature walks, leisure activities such as glamping and additional car and coach parking.
Stuart Mills, property director with the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our World Heritage Site is on an equal international footing with the Pyramids and Stonehenge. People travel from all over the world to see the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal, and we want to ensure that they have a world class experience when they get here. We are delighted to be working with our partners from Solutia UK Ltd and Wrexham County Borough Council, and our consultants Arcadis to develop a strategic masterplan for this area and we are interested to hear the views of local people.”
The draft masterplan is currently subject to an extensive consultation process and is due to be completed in November 2017.