Janet Askew RTPI President 2015 took a tour of Colwyn Bay last week to see the results of regeneration work first hand.
The RTPI Cymru Spring conference, attended by senior planning officers and developers from across Wales, was held at Venue Cymru on 12 March. The development of Parc Eirias and the regeneration of Colwyn Bay were case studies at the conference.
Janet Askew took the opportunity to visit the local regeneration schemes in Colwyn Bay accompanied by Rob Dix, Conwy Council’s Baylife Programme Manager. The whistle-stop tour of the facilities at Eirias; town centre streetscape; coastal defences and environmental improvements on the promenade was a showcase of the £71m investment in the town. The visit concluded with a hot drink at Porters, the social enterprise coffee shop and bistro shortlisted in the ‘Regeneration’ Category of the prestigious Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Wales’ Awards 2014.
Janet Askew, RTPI President 2015 said: “I was very impressed by the way the council is regenerating the town centre in what is a very difficult economic climate for all authorities. The conservation area, home to some elegant late Victorian buildings, together with the pedestrianised main street, has resulted in a very attractive environment to shop and meet friends and family. The council and local planners are to be commended for working very hard to produce an imaginative plan and to see it through with great results. I also had the opportunity to see how Parc Eirias is assisting the regeneration of Colwyn Bay, providing great facilities for local people and hosting national sports and events.”
Rob Dix, Baylife Regeneration Programme Manager said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Janet to Colwyn Bay. A lot has been achieved by the Baylife partner organisations in just 6 years, but there are still plenty more projects in the pipeline as we focus our efforts on housing, town centre and waterfront.”
Click here for more information on Colwyn Bay’s Baylife Programme.