Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has welcomed news that a Colwyn Bay heritage project is one of five across Wales set to receive a slice of 1.5m National Lottery funding to help boost local economies.
Entitled IMAGINE Colwyn Bay, the project has been awarded 400,000 through ‘the Great Place scheme’, a UK-wide pilot scheme being run by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to promote an area's history, increase tourism and provide education opportunities.
The money will be spent supporting the creative industries, including developing an academy for engineers, historians, architects, artists, poets and film makers, among others.
Welcoming news of the funding, Darren said:
“I am absolutely delighted that this project, which has the support and financial commitment of the Bay of Colwyn Town Council and the Colwyn Business Improvement District, has received this substantial amount from the National Lottery which will be used to connect heritage and culture and will consequently help build on the fantastic regeneration work already taking place in the town.
“As the UK Government Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis, has said ‘Heritage is what makes our towns and cities unique. It attracts millions of international visitors every year, supports thousands of jobs, and inspires local residents and businesses and this 1.5m investment, funded by National Lottery players, will help protect and preserve magnificent examples of Welsh heritage for future generations’.
“I look forward to witnessing the benefits this additional funding will bring to Colwyn Bay.”
UK Chairwoman of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, Baroness Kay Andrews said:
"Our Great Place programme will demonstrate how building on those strong roots can have a hugely positive impact on local economies in terms of health, employment and education, as well as instilling community cohesion and pride.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, we are enabling a step-change in thinking, encouraging local leaders to come together and recognise that heritage can and should be a driving force for change.”