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Major tourism plans for Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site

By Sue Austin | Llangollen | Attractions | Published:

A former chemical works next to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site is part of a plans to develop tourism in the area.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

It could see a new visitor centre could be built around the aqueduct, in a bid to attract more visitors.

A public consultation is now being held for the plans for the aqueduct in Trevor, on the North Wales border, which could also see new glamping and leisure activies brought in, including a treetop walkway

It could also see much needed extra car parking created around the site.

The Canal & River Trust charity in Wales, Wrexham County Borough Council and landowner, Solutia UK Ltd want to find more opportunities for tourism and economic regeneration at the Trevor Basin, next to the aqueduct, and for the nearby communities.

Solutia UK Limited owns almost 150 acres of land, the former Flexys site, as well as 60 acres of fields and woodlands next to the World Heritage Site and along the River Dee.

Stuart Mills from the trust said: "The study area boasts a challenging mix of land uses from brownfield sites left vacant after the closure of chemical and brick manufacturing industries to an internationally-important canal tourist destination.

"The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site, inscribed in 2009, currently attracts 250,000 to 300,000 visitors a year and has potential to bring more jobs and economic prosperity to the area."

Suggestions for the site were put forward at a meeting earlier this year.

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Mr Mills said there were plans to address the parking issue immediately, with a proposal to create an extra temporary car park while the master plan is developed.

The draft plans are currently subject to an extensive consultation process and are due to be completed by November.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and a 11 mile stretch of the Llangollen Canal became a World Heritage Site in 2009, recognised alongside just 1,000 sites around the globe that are deemed to be of outstanding universal value, such as the Grand Canyon, the Pyramids and Stonehenge and Telford's Ironbridge Gorge.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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