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Masterplan for world heritage site

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | North Shropshire entertainment | Published:

Plans for a state-of-the-art visitor centre at a World Heritage Site could help bring thousands more visitors to the area.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Members of the public are being consulted about future development around the canal World Heritage Site at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal.

A masterplan has been drawn up with a scheme for a new visitor centre and visitor experience area around the structure, built by Thomas Telford.

Suggestions include transforming old industrial land into green space and tree management to enhance views of the spectacular aqueduct.

The plan also includes more infrastructure for private boaters and boating businesses and there will also be new footpaths, cycleways and the recreation of historic transport routes.

There are also plans for extra car parking with the trust saying that a new, temporary car park will be constructed while the masterplan is being developed.

The Trevor Basin Area Masterplan, the trust says, will identify opportunities for tourism and economic regeneration.

Everyone is invited to give their views and offer ideas for the future of the historically important site at Trevor Community Centre on December 6, 2pm–8pm, and December 11 at Cefn Mawr, George Edwards Hall, from 10.30am–3.30pm.

Also involved is Solutia UK Limited which owns 147 acres)of land within the masterplan study area. This includes former manufacturing, warehousing and water treatment sites, plus 61 acres of fields and woodlands next to the World Heritage Site and along the River Dee.

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Stuart Mills, chief investment officer with the Canal & River 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 250,000-300,000 visitors a year and has potential to bring more jobs and economic prosperity to the area," he said.

"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."

Anyone unable to attend the consultation events is invited to register their views online at www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk before January 19. All the feedback will be reviewed and an appraisal carried out before a preferred option is produced for further consultation in spring 2018.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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