Caernarfon Waterfront improvements help to revitalise town

Thursday 10 April 2014

The improvements which are taking place on Caernarfon’s historically important waterfront are making it a more vibrant, prosperous and viable place according to Housing and Regeneration Minister Carl Sargeant.

Caernarfon Waterfront

The Minister visited the promenade and ‘Island Site’ area on the Slate Quay to see the improvements which are taking place; including important repairs to the sea wall, installing innovative lighting, improvements to surfaces, and installing bespoke street furniture to complement its unique location. £675,000 was provided by the Welsh Government for the improvements to the promenade, including £135,000 from Cadw.

The work being carried out will enhance the key heritage assets of the town creating a clean, comfortable and safe public space whilst helping to improve the links across the watrerfront and town. The works will also provide improved cycling and walking areas along the promenade linking up the Lon Eifion and Lon Las Menai traffic free routes, which also form part of the all Wales coastal path.

Investment for future development is also taking place on the ‘Island site’ with crucial repairs and improvements being made to preserve the important historical characteristics of this key area which played such an important role in shaping Caernarfon and the Waterfront.

The Minister said: "Caernarfon has so many assets. It has the iconic castle which is renowned across the world, and it is located on the banks of the beautiful Menai Straits. The waterfront needs to take advantage of these assets, encouraging more visitors to stay longer in the town and appreciating the setting and making local people proud of their amazing heritage."

"The changes already taking place on the promenade will help do this, by providing an improved environment for walkers and cyclists."

"Caernarfon has so many assets. It has the iconic castle which is renowned across the world, and it is located on the banks of the beautiful Menai Straits. The waterfront needs to take advantage of these assets, encouraging more visitors to stay longer in the town and appreciating the setting and making local people proud of their amazing heritage. The changes already taking place on the promenade will help do this, by providing an improved environment for walkers and cyclists.

"The work is also good for the local economy by providing opportunities for local contractors and workers."

The Minister’s visit to Caernarfon is the first in a series over the next couple of days to projects across North Wales which have benefited from support from the Welsh Government.