11 January 2012>
Newbridge can look forward to a bright new look in 2012, as the £11.9 million regeneration programme begins its next phase later this month.
Work is due to begin in late January on the EU-backed improvement scheme, which is aimed at making Newbridge more attractive for residents, shoppers and investors alike.
The regeneration works will help breathe new life into the town with the introduction of wider, safer pavements, better road surfaces and new public spaces - all created with natural paving materials, high quality street furniture and distinctive community-led artwork.
Key public spaces throughout the town will be developed and enhanced as areas of focus. Road junctions will be re-aligned, allowing pavements to be widened and with the introduction of traffic calming measures, will contribute to a safer pedestrian environment.
Cllr Ron Davies, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning said, "The council is working hard to regenerate communities across the county borough with a particular emphasis on town centre improvements. It's great to see Newbridge is benefitting from this commitment".
The council is also working with the Trustees of the Celynen Collieries Institute and Memorial Hall as work to restore these historic and beloved buildings finally begins after an inspiring eight-year campaign to secure funding. The works will see the buildings restored to their former glory at the heart of the local community.
Howard Stone, chair of the Trustees said: "This is the final step in what has been an eight year marathon. Huge thanks must be given to all those who have kept the belief that what was once a dream will now become a reality. It will be lovely to see a modern facility brought into use for the benefit of the whole community in the centre of town."
The town centre and Institute Memo works are the next stage in the regeneration of Newbridge and will be delivered by two separate, highly experienced contractors.
Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd will carry out the improvements to the town centre. The company has previously worked in Newbridge on the landmark Calzaghe Bridge and has successfully delivered the first two phases of the Bargoed Regeneration Programme.
Seddon Construction Ltd will deliver the refurbishment of the Institute Building.
The Regeneration Programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, Welsh Government's Targeted Match Fund, Heritage Lottery, Arts Council for Wales together with significant contributions from the council and community organisations, among others.
For more information on the plans for Newbridge please contact 01495 235362.
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