£6m Bridgend town centre plans receive Welsh Government approval
A multi-million-pound project that aims to support local business and revitalise Bridgend town centre by increasing the number of people living in the heart of the town and providing shoppers with improved facilities has been formally approved by the Welsh Government.
The announcement means that the town centre is set to benefit from £6m of ‘Vibrant and Viable Places’ regeneration funding.
The council has developed a number of projects that will use the funding to help make the town centre more modern, vibrant and appealing to shoppers and visitors.
Vacant premises above shops will be turned into housing, while the ageing Rhiw car park will be replaced with a new multi-storey in addition to riverside housing and a small-scale development for potential commercial or community use.
Other car parks in the town centre are also set to be improved. New parking will be created to serve offices and businesses, and Bridgend Market will benefit from improvements including a new roof. If enough resources are available, plans are also in place for replacing the former McDonald’s building on Nolton Street with new retail space on the ground floor and housing above.
Deputy Leader David Sage said: “This is excellent news and the £6m funding will be put to good use in an effort to boost local trade by creating a thriving community within the town centre itself.
“The Vibrant and Viable Places funding represents a big step forward in the evolution of Bridgend town centre and will help us to create new opportunities for fresh investment and business as well as providing the town with modern parking facilities.