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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

County backs 10-year World Heritage Site plan

A plan outlining how the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site will be managed over the next 10 years has been supported by Denbighshire’s Cabinet.

Five miles of the Llangollen Canal, which is part of the World Heritage Site, is situated in Denbighshire and the council is one of four partners that have responsibility for managing the site. 

The others are the Canal and River Trust; Shropshire Council and Wrexham County Borough Council.

The sited is an outstanding example of the advances in canal building and the Industrial Revolution and includes the Llangollen and Ellesmere Canals.

The plan sets out how the partners will work together to create a community which is proud of its heritage and culture, making sure that the site is sustainable and preserved and that the site management results in greater economic, social and environmental benefits for this part of North East Wales and North Shropshire.

All partners will need to support the plan. Subject to approval from all partners, it will then be submitted to Welsh Government Ministers, the UK Government’s Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “The site has great historic significance and is one of the region’s key tourism attractions. 

“Denbighshire is proud to be a key partner on the management board and values having such a major landscape attraction in our corner of North East Wales.

“There is a clear vision in place for managing the site.  We want people to continue to enjoy, value and appreciate the site and its historic and industrial past. There is also a lot of emphasis in the Action Plan on how all partners will work together to safeguard this important site for future generations."

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