£11.5m revamp for Valleys town centre unveiled

£11.5m revamp for Valleys town centre unveiled

The sculpture in Bank Square, called The Heart of the Furnace', which was officially opened by finance minister Jane Hutt, as part of the regeneration of Ebbw Vale. Pictured giving a performance are Ebbw Vale male voice choir infront of VIPs (8338464)

The sculpture in Bank Square, called The Heart of the Furnace', which was officially opened by finance minister Jane Hutt, as part of the regeneration of Ebbw Vale. Pictured giving a performance are Ebbw Vale male voice choir infront of VIPs (8338510)

The sculpture in Bank Square, called The Heart of the Furnace', which was officially opened by finance minister Jane Hutt, as part of the regeneration of Ebbw Vale. Pictured giving a performance are Ebbw Vale male voice choir infront of VIPs (8338382)

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A DILAPIDATED area of Ebbw Vale has been given a facelift with a new open space for people to enjoy their town centre.

Bank Square’s new layout was made possible after an £11.5 million injection of cash from the Welsh Government and the EU.

The square, at the end of Bethcar Street, officially opened yesterday morning, with a four metre-high stainless-steel dragon unveiled to tower over pedestrians.

South Wales blacksmiths Sam Pask and William Holland created the beast which forms part of the Heart of the Furnace, including a new stone screening wall with artwork and specially-designed railings.

Children from Ebbw Vale Scouts, All Saints Primary and Blaen-y-Cwm schools, who contributed to the artwork, were given certificates during the unveiling ceremony hosted by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

Welsh Government finance minister Jane Hutt, who attended the event, said: “I’m delighted to see yet another positive example of how Welsh Government and EU Funds are benefitting the region. The square will play an important role, acting as a key focal point for the community and complements the wider regeneration of the town, supporting businesses and boosting the local economy.”

In future the square will be used for public events and performance art, the council said.

Next steps will include improved links between the town centre, residential areas and The Works regeneration project on the former steelworks site.

As well as children from local schools, Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir and the Mayor of Blaenau Gwent, Councillor Bernard Willis attended the opening.

Councillor Hedley McCarthy, leader of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, said: “This is another important step in the transformation and regeneration of the town.”

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11:09am Fri 18 Jul 14

kez1968 says...

All very good for the people of Ebbw Vale, shame the rest of the borough is completely neglected, oh I could go on about the amenities being shut, rubbish strewn all across the place, towns left to rot by this rabble we call councillors, but I won't, just drive through bleanau gwent and see the neglect yourselves.
All very good for the people of Ebbw Vale, shame the rest of the borough is completely neglected, oh I could go on about the amenities being shut, rubbish strewn all across the place, towns left to rot by this rabble we call councillors, but I won't, just drive through bleanau gwent and see the neglect yourselves. kez1968
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

...but BG does have one of the highest levels of Superfast Broadband as funded by the WAG/European funding....in the world!
...but BG does have one of the highest levels of Superfast Broadband as funded by the WAG/European funding....in the world! Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 5

4:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

taffygwent says...

I hope no one wanted to go to the toilet, they are closed!!!
I hope no one wanted to go to the toilet, they are closed!!! taffygwent
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Julesblaina1 says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
...but BG does have one of the highest levels of Superfast Broadband as funded by the WAG/European funding....in the world!
but no one can afford to pay for it,
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: ...but BG does have one of the highest levels of Superfast Broadband as funded by the WAG/European funding....in the world![/p][/quote]but no one can afford to pay for it, Julesblaina1
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