Project in Wales have announced Denbighshire will receive £11 million to restore the historic monuments in Ruthin.

Major UK Government investment aims to benefit people across Wales by spreading opportunity and breathing new life into historically overlooked areas. 

A total of 11 projects in Wales have been allocated more than £208 million from round two of the Levelling Up Fund.

The projects will create jobs, drive economic growth, help restore people’s pride in the places where they live and spread opportunity more equally.

Clwyd West MP, David Jones, has spoken of his delight that the Denbighshire County Council bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund has been successful.

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The bid is worth almost £11 million and will pay for improvements to the townscape of Ruthin, as well as providing new community facilities in the villages of Bryneglwys and Gwyddelwern and visitor facilities at Moel Famau and Loggerheads.

David Jones said: “The successful Levelling Up Fund bid will be transformational for Ruthin. St Peter’s Square, in particular, will benefit enormously from the removal of the traffic roundabout, which currently spoils the Square’s symmetry. The improvements will create an unimpeded open space that may be used for concerts and other public events.

“There will also be imaginative improvements for St Peter’s Church, Nantclwyd y Dre, and the Gaol, all of which should increase visitor footfall in the town.

“Combined with the improvements at Moel Famau and Loggerheads, the tourism economy of the area will be significantly boosted as a result of the bid.

“I have worked closely with Cllr Hugh Evans, the former leader of Denbighshire County Council, Graham Boase, Chief Executive, and Emlyn Jones and Gareth Roberts, the two officers tasked with delivering the bid. All have worked hard and effectively and I am immensely grateful to them. I am also grateful to Cllr Gavin Harris of Ruthin Town Council for his imaginative ideas.

“I now look forward to helping deliver the successful scheme in early course and will continue to work closely with the councils.”

Grants also include £50 million for Cardiff Crossrail, the joint highest amount awarded to a UK project.

There is also £9 million for a new engineering campus for 600 students in Blaenau Gwent and £18.6 million for a new cycle route between Llandudno Junction and Betws y Coed via the Conwy Valley. 

Nearly £18 million will help renovate the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl, one of the most recognisable buildings in South Wales, which has deteriorated after years of piecemeal refurbishments.  

Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies said:  “This is a hugely significant investment in truly significant projects across Wales. I’m delighted to see so many successful bids from around the country for schemes which will have an impact for generations to come."