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£1.5million grant for Holyhead restoration project

From Left: Mark Blackwell of DU Construction, Anglesey MP Albert Owen & Nathan Blanchard, Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative Photo: Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative

A major project to restore Holyhead, known as Wales' oldest port town, is to receive a grant of £1.55 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It takes the total amount to spent in the town over the next four years to £2.5 million.

The money will be spent on a significant makeover of the town centre, which has already seen the conservation of the listed Cenotaph, the installation of a memorial to Dutch sailors who served there during WW2, and the regeneration of important historic buildings in the town.

The lottery money will be added to £900,000 already committed by the Welsh Government and other funders.

The grant is one of only two successful applications in Wales.

A grant of over £1m has also been secured for Dolgellau and the money will be used to restore shop fronts, balconies and help bring floor spaces back into use.

With over 180 listed buildings in the town, ensuring the future of the town has been a priority for Snowdonia National Park for many years, as part of long term regeneration plans.

This will enable us to build on the excellent work already done in the town and which is hugely significant not just for Holyhead but for Anglesey and for North Wales.

Holyhead has a rich culture and history and it continues to be an important port and this project can bring more homes and jobs to the town and make the centre a vibrant place once more.

– Cllr J Arwel Roberts, Deputy Leader, Isle of Anglesey Council