Strategic Regeneration of Blaenau Ffestiniog
Total cost: £4.1 miliwn
European Funding: £1.9 miliwn
Further Information: www.gwynedd.gov.uk/blaenauymlaen
25p. That’s how much each tourist spends on average in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a town that boasts 150,000 visitors each year thanks to the Ffestiniog Railway.
This startling statistic was one of factors that sparked the Strategic Regeneration of Blaenau Ffestiniog project. It was identified that the vast majority of visitors did not venture further than the town’s train station so a plan was created to develop and regenerate the first thing that visitors encounter when they step off the train, the town centre.
The scheme, which was set up in 2007, includes extensive improvements and features that compliments and celebrates the history of Blaenau and the surrounding area. It has already resulted in over 12 of the town’s shops investing into shop-front improvements, as well as attracting substantial new private sector investments.
One of these is the Gwesty Ty Gorsaf, a new business that employs 20 local residents, with 12 of these jobs being newly created. “The future is very bright for Blaenau. With it being home to two of Wales’ top ten tourist attractions as well as its central location in Snowdonia, the town has the potential to be a major tourist destination. That, as well as the town regeneration project, were my reasons for investing in the area.” Andrew Lewis, Gwesty Ty Gorsaf.