Vision of Llandegfedd Reservoir unveiled

South Wales Argus: ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: The proposed visitor centre at Llandegfedd Reservoir ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: The proposed visitor centre at Llandegfedd Reservoir

THESE images show what new visitor and watersports centres at Llandegfedd Reservoir may look like, following a “significant” investment from Welsh Water.

The company is ploughing ahead with its plans at the site, after permission was granted by Monmouthshire council.

Both hope to improve the facilities watersports, fishing and walking for more than 150,000 people who visit each year.

Contractors for the project are currently being appointed as Welsh Water plans to get the centres built this year to open in 2014.

There is also hope that two miles of footpaths around the reservoir can be opened up at the 434 acre site, for bird and bat watching walks, along with star gazing. The visitor centre, designed by award winning architects, will be a base for Welsh Water’s site rangers.

It will have a shop, meeting room, staff kitchen and public toilets to replace the old portacabin. The ground floor will provide a hub for anglers and a venue for training and competition.

On the first floor a stylish cafe and display area accessible by a new footpath from the car park are planned.

The watersports centre will comprise showers and changing rooms for people involved in wind-surfing, and sailing, along with a hire shop. Schools and colleges will be able to attend for canoeing and sailing, while it is also set to benefit Llandegfedd Sailing Club and Gwent Adventures.

Provision of wheelchair compatible sailing facilities are being investigated, while some seasonal jobs will be created.

Richard Poole, Welsh Water’s spokesman for the project, said: “There are already some facilities on site, but they are in temporary, prefabricated buildings and desperately need replacing.

“Llandegfedd Reservoir has long been a very important leisure amenity and we wish to ensure that it has top quality facilities for visitors to enjoy a wide range of sporting and educational activities.”

The reservoir is due to close between November and March each year to let visiting wildfowl overwinter in peace, as part of the management plan.

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3:13pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Mr Bump. says...

Great news, it's a lovely place up there.
Great news, it's a lovely place up there. Mr Bump.
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3:37pm Sun 13 Jan 13

robkinnear says...

Overnight facilities for motorhome users who would bring cash into the surrounding area when they buy food etc. This is common practice in France and other European counties to bring in more tourists !
Overnight facilities for motorhome users who would bring cash into the surrounding area when they buy food etc. This is common practice in France and other European counties to bring in more tourists ! robkinnear
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6:05pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Dai the Milk says...

Great news for the Carpenter's Arms.
Great news for the Carpenter's Arms. Dai the Milk
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7:18am Mon 14 Jan 13

rellim says...

Tourists!!!!!!!!!!!!
!! I am afraid that Gwent, Newport and surrounding area are not very tourist friendly. I am no longer a resident of Gwent. But I was back for a holiday last year so I was a tourist. I was dismayed with the dirt and litter the general un kept look of most of the towns including Caerleon Cwmbran Pontypool I wont mention Newport what a dump. Then every shop I went into as I used my overseas visa card looked at me as if I was credit card scamming. If I used cash that was worse as the checked it and then double checked it. Then to top it off the wheel trims were taken off the hire car whist parked in Caerleon and while parked in Maindee the door mirror on the passenger door was broken off.

So as for tourists for their sake they should stay away. I will never again consider going back to Gwent or the UK

So overseas persons reading this beware avoid the place like the plague.
Tourists!!!!!!!!!!!! !! I am afraid that Gwent, Newport and surrounding area are not very tourist friendly. I am no longer a resident of Gwent. But I was back for a holiday last year so I was a tourist. I was dismayed with the dirt and litter the general un kept look of most of the towns including Caerleon Cwmbran Pontypool I wont mention Newport what a dump. Then every shop I went into as I used my overseas visa card looked at me as if I was credit card scamming. If I used cash that was worse as the checked it and then double checked it. Then to top it off the wheel trims were taken off the hire car whist parked in Caerleon and while parked in Maindee the door mirror on the passenger door was broken off. So as for tourists for their sake they should stay away. I will never again consider going back to Gwent or the UK So overseas persons reading this beware avoid the place like the plague. rellim
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9:13am Mon 14 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

It's certainly true that South East Wales has all the tourist allure of Dungeness'B' Power Station
It's certainly true that South East Wales has all the tourist allure of Dungeness'B' Power Station Llanmartinangel
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12:46pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Anne teak says...

Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture.

Why does it look so cheap?
Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture. Why does it look so cheap? Anne teak
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12:46pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Anne teak says...

Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture.

Why does it look so cheap?
Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture. Why does it look so cheap? Anne teak
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Anne teak says...

Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture.

Why does it look so cheap?
Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture. Why does it look so cheap? Anne teak
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Anne teak says...

Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture.

Why does it look so cheap?
Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture. Why does it look so cheap? Anne teak
  • Score: 0

9:11am Tue 15 Jan 13

whatintheworld says...

Anne teak wrote:
Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture. Why does it look so cheap?
it's probably meant to be a low-impact building. wouldn't get through planning if it were decked in bells and whistles
[quote][p][bold]Anne teak[/bold] wrote: Oh dear.. I thought the proposed centre picture above was the 'before' picture. Why does it look so cheap?[/p][/quote]it's probably meant to be a low-impact building. wouldn't get through planning if it were decked in bells and whistles whatintheworld
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