A multi-million pound funding bid for community-based projects in Denbighshire will be submitted to the UK Government.
On November 23, Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet discussed the submission of a £10million bid, under the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund programme, which will be carried out in partnership with Conwy County Borough Council, for the constituency of Clwyd West.
The proposed projects in Denbighshire focus on Ruthin and the surrounding areas as well as Moel Famau and Loggerheads country parks and will target cultural and heritage investment and aim to protect historical places and enhance green spaces bringing benefits to local communities including enhancing wellbeing while further enticing tourism and strengthening related economic activity.
Cabinet supported the theme of the bid and the proposed projects to be included in the Clwyd West submission.
A separate bid for funding for projects in the Vale of Clwyd constituency will also be considered by Cabinet in the near future.
A £15 million bid for the Clwyd South constituency which covers areas of Denbighshire and Wrexham has already been approved and includes the implementation of the Trevor Basin Technical Masterplan, a project to support cross-border visitor connectivity in the Dee Valley and work to improve visitor connectivity and infrastructure in the Corwen area.
Each constituency area bid can be up to a maximum of £20 million of capital funding under the Levelling Up Fund programme.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of the Council and Lead Member for the Economy, said: “The Levelling Up Fund is an important source of funding to help further regeneration in Denbighshire. We have engaged with the Levelling Up agenda to bring forward the benefits of investing in our communities.
“We worked closely with Wrexham Council on the Clwyd South bid and we are now working with Conwy Council on the Clwyd West bid.
“This particular bid for Clwyd West shows our commitment to securing funding for our rural communities and forms part of our ambition to work closely with communities to bring about a wide range of benefits for residents.
“We hope these projects will further entice tourism and strengthen the economy, creating jobs here in Denbighshire.
“The combined bids submitted for Denbighshire under the Levelling Up Fund will total in the region of £35million and regeneration is at the forefront of this work, allowing the Council to work in partnership with, and in the heart of, our communities.”
Once finalised the bid will be submitted to the UK Government with a decision on the outcome of funding expected next year.
David Jones, MP for Clwyd West, said: “I have worked closely with Council members and officers over the last few months, as well as with members of Ruthin Town Council and interested members of the public, to help produce a proposal that has real merit and will, I trust, meet with Government approval.
“I believe the proposal will be transformational for Ruthin, the villages of Gwyddelwern and Bryneglwys, and Loggerheads and Moel Famau country parks.”