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£1.5 million investment for Caerphilly tourism destinations

Posted on : 11 Sep 2019

£1.5 million investment for Caerphilly tourism destinations
Nantcarn Lake, Cwmcarn Forest

Three tourism destinations in the Caerphilly county borough are set to benefit from a £1.5m investment.

First Minister Mark Drakeford and Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, with responsibility for the Valleys Taskforce, Lee Waters, made the announcement today.

Cwmcarn Forest will receive £450,000, Parc Penallta £900,000, and Caerphilly Castle £150,000 as part of Welsh Government’s Valleys Regional Park Discovery Gateway grant programme, using Valleys Taskforce funding. 

Caerphilly County Borough Council will use the investment, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, to deliver a number of improvements at Cwmcarn Forest including the installation of Wi-Fi and enhancements to the Visitor Centre.  The outdoor space around the Visitor Centre will also be improved, with additional pieces of equipment added to the children’s play area. 

New family walking trails will also be developed, along with the opportunity for families to hire ‘discovery’ backpacks containing items such as binoculars, bug-pots, maps and wildlife guides.  Compost toilets will also be installed in a number of locations, providing facilities for those exploring the wider site.

Parc Penallta will use the funding for a new visitor centre, which will provide a much needed base for a programme of community-focused activities supporting economic and social well-being. 

In partnership with Cadw, the investment for Caerphilly will see hi-tech interactive information totems installed in the town centre. The totems will provide visitors with information on Caerphilly Castle, the local area and other Discovery Gateways. 

The grant funding will also help enhance the outdoor spaces around the attraction along with nature corridors linking it to nearby parks. The work ties in with Cadw’s ambitious £5.3m investment programme for the castle which aims to transform visitors experience through improved catering offer and new innovative interpretation.  Critical conservation work will also present the monument in a different light, improving visitor’s understanding and enjoyment of Wales most important historic sites.

Cllr Sean Morgan, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for tourism said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Welsh Government which will enable us to deliver a number of developments at three of the county borough’s flagship destinations.

The improvements, being delivered in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and CADW, will enhance the visitor experience at these sites and help to further develop the Caerphilly county borough into a key tourism destination in Wales.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “I am very pleased Welsh Government support will help to bring Caerphilly’s history, culture and natural assets to life and I look forward to seeing these important projects progress for the benefit of the region.”

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