Work worth £15million to transform visitor facilities at a World Heritage Site is due to start later this year.
A total of £13.3million was granted by the UK government’s leveling fund in October to improve the area around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Trevor, with £1.7million coming from other organizations .
It has now been announced that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Wrexham Council and Westminster Government to allow the first phase of the proposals to move forward.
The first step will see the creation of a new reception area to manage the high number of visitors to the aqueduct, which has caused parking and traffic problems at Trevor’s Basin.
A rewilding project is also to be carried out to restore the ecosystems of a former industrial site, which connects the basin to the village of Cefn Mawr.
In the meantime, other work will take place to develop a wooded activity area and a new walking trail.
Cllr Terry Evans, senior local authority member for the economy, said the plans would provide several benefits to visitors and surrounding communities.
In a report, it said: “This is an exciting, cross-county package offering, designed to maximize the potential for the post-Covid-19 visitor economy resulting from the health and wellness offering. wellness found at the World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal. .
“Three cohesive projects will ‘level off’ the current lack of appropriate visitor infrastructure at heritage sites, which inhibits the economic growth, well-being and prosperity otherwise expected from the presence of these unique heritage and cultural assets. in the world.
“The projects address access and connectivity in otherwise limited places, which will help ensure equity of opportunity for local residents and visitors.
“(The first project) focuses on the area within the red line boundary of the Trevor Basin Master Plan and aims to improve the quality of visitor facilities and community connections to match to World Heritage Site status.
“Implementation of the Trevor Basin Technical Master Plan will ensure that the World Heritage Site realizes its full potential nationally and internationally to attract visitors and catalyze economic growth in the nearby communities found in Projects Two and Three. ”
It is expected that work to create the forest activity center will begin in October, while construction of the arrival and parking area will begin in December.
The second stage of the scheme is designed to improve visitor facilities along the wider 11-mile section of the Llangollen Canal, including links to Llangollen town itself.
The final set of proposals will invest in the new Corwen railway station to encourage tourism.
The report will be discussed by members of the council’s Jobs, Business and Investment Oversight Committee at a meeting on Wednesday, March 2.