15/11/2018 - Permalink

Key tourism attraction Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site on the agenda for Gobowen, St Martins, Weston Rhyn and Selattyn area residents meeting

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Gobowen, Selattyn, St Martins and Weston Rhyn Local Joint Committee (LJC) area (including Hengoed, Brogynton and Pant Glas) are encouraging residents to attend the residents meeting to be held on Thursday 22 November at All Saints Church Hall, Old Chirk Road, Gobowen starting at 7pm. 

This meeting will see key updates on future management plans for the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site ahead of its 10-year inscription anniversary next year. For those residents who simply walk, boat or cycle along the canal network, live locally or have tourism businesses in the area with an interest, you are encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting will receive update from Allan Forrest, Regeneration Project Manager – Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site, Wrexham County Council and Dave Shiel, Senior AONB officer, from Denbighshire Council, along with Nicola Lewis Smith from Canal and River Trust on developing work. The meeting would also like to encourage those groups who host activities locally that feel they could play a part in the centenary events next year to attend.

As well as key agenda items, this local area meeting offers an opportunity for residents to raise issues that matter most to them and their area and to hear more from local stakeholders on projects developing in the area. This will include the latest from those providers commissioned to deliver youth activities ahead of the new year, any safety issues you wish to raise with your West Mercia Police officer, an update from Three Parishes Big Local, and Clare Fildes from Shropshire Council will update on Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy.

The meeting has a regular item on the agenda allowing all members of the community opportunity to raise any questions or concerns that they may have for the area in which they live. This can be a very local item, an item relating to a local group, organisation, school, or may relate to specific questions around safety or crime, for example.

The meetings are overseen by a panel of councillors from Shropshire Council and local parish councils.

Councillor Robert Macey, Chairman of the Gobowen, Selattyn, St Martins and Weston Rhyn LJC, said:

“The area recognizes the value of Pontcysyllte, a special World Heritage Site, to this cross-border area, particularly with Chirk Bank being one the gateways to this unique site. It is important to encourage residents to this meeting to hear how they engage with this area and to hear the latest work and projects coming forward around the site, which offer opportunities to residents, local community groups and businesses. We hope residents of all ages, young and older, along with key stakeholders interested in this tourism asset and the great outdoors will attend to hear more. This promises to be a real chance for the community to feed their comments to us as councillors and representatives. If the local visitor economy is important to you, we hope that you will attend.”

All local residents, community groups, partners and providers from the area are welcome and encouraged to attend this open public meeting. This is your chance to meet your local Shropshire Councillors and parish councillors and raise your questions.

The meeting starts at 7pm and further information can be obtained from Corrie Davies, of Shropshire Council’s community enablement team on 01743 250307 or click here.