£9m to transform Bridgend town centre

A £9 million scheme is to give Bridgend town centre in Wales a new lease of life.

Over £7.7m from the Convergence European Regional Development Fund and the Targeted Match Fund has been approved, together with funding from Bridgend County Borough Council, who will deliver the scheme, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The scheme will boost commercial confidence and create employment opportunities in the area.

Court Road, Nolton Street South, Merthyr Mawr Road North, Cheapside, Derwen Road and Cross Street will all benefit from improvements such as new street furniture, commercial property upgrades and heritage works and measures to improve pedestrian safety, accessibility and traffic management will also get underway.

As part of the scheme, links between developments and the heart of the town centre will also be improved to ensure easier access to local facilities and services.

Councillor David Sage, Deputy Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council said: "We want to create an attractive, thriving town centre environment which preserves the historic past while building a modern future."

"Much of the work will be spent on the physical look of the town centre, preserving and enhancing historic and key buildings and upgrading properties to provide positive and attractive floorspace. But we will also be working alongside local businesses to make Bridgend a destination of choice."

Further information:
Welsh Assembly Government