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Friday, May 22, 2020

Covid delays start on new pocket park at Wenffrwd

* llanblogger's picture of site investigation work going on at
Wenffrwd in March 2019. 

The start date for work on a new “pocket park” on an approach road to Llangollen has been delayed by coronavirus restrictions.

Denbighshire County Council is currently working through details of planning applications for the project on its land at Wenffrwd off the A539 around what was the area’s civic amenity site until its closure in the late 1990s.

In 2017 the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Team on behalf of the Our Picturesque Landscape Partnership applied for permission to create the park.

According to the original application this would see paths, tracks and parking for 36 cars.
The original planning brief said: “The proposed new park would be developed along with community groups and other interested parties over a number of years and as this will take time, the ethos for this initial phase was to create a welcoming site for people to enjoy both in its own right but also as a gateway to the wider area.

“The plan has been developed as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund – Landscape Partnership Scheme bid and as part of this process consultation with stakeholders and communities has been ongoing.

“The site is seen as a key gateway into Llangollen and the wider Dee Valley, it will provide a new access point for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, promoting wider exploration of the area and a longer stay.”

Asked about progress on the scheme, last reported on by llanblogger in March of last year, a spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said:  “Planning permission has been granted for proposals to develop a car park and new access road at Wenffrwd as part of plans to develop a pocket park on the site. 

“We are currently working through re-commencement planning conditions and putting tender documents together.

“However, the anticipated start date for works has been delayed due to the current restrictions.”  

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