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Welsh Government invests £950,000 to develop Newtown’s Riverside Venue

Tuesday February 4th, 2020

The Welsh Government has awarded £950,000 to develop a new riverside venue in Newtown, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn has announced.Government Opportunities

The £1.5 million project – to build an iconic, two-story building on the site of the former Radio Hafren studio in Newtown’s main car park – will be funded through the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Fund and the National Lottery’s Community Fund in Wales.
Groundwork for the new building is expected to start in early summer and is due for completion in a year.
The development is being delivered by Open Newtown, a community enterprise that aims to maximise the potential of the town’s green and blue spaces, in partnership with Powys County Council, Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council and National Lottery’s Community Fund in Wales.
In addition to securing employment through its construction phase, the Riverside Venue will create and secure additional jobs and support new and existing enterprises through its ongoing operations.
The new building will sit between a new destination play park and a BMX Pump Track and Mountain Bike Trail on Trehafren Hill, both Open Newtown projects that have received funding from the town council and The National Lottery Community Fund and Sport Wales.
The Riverside Venue will open up the River Severn and surrounding parkland to visitors and local residents, with canoe access points, nature/heritage trails and a forest/river school opportunity.
The Welsh Government’s investment follows a revised planning application and business plan submitted by Open Newtown, which took account of local feedback and consultations.
Newtown’s Mayor Councillor David Selby welcomed the large investment in the town.

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