New pedestrianised streets and a square in Abergavenny’s town centre have officially opened following a ceremony in the centre in August.
The pedestrian areas, which have been three years in the making, now feature a new layout spanning from Abergavenny High Street into St Johns Square and through to the bottom of Frogmore Street where the Cenotaph proudly sits.
The new layout provides safe and attractive access to Abergavenny’s main shopping areas whilst offering a fresh look to the town centre. The phased work has been carried out by local contractor Alun Griffiths and is estimated to have cost over £3million. The funding has come from the Welsh Government and the Morrisons development and was aimed at linking the various commercial streets in the town into a pedestrian friendly environment.
The design of the scheme was truly a joint effort between Monmouthshire County Council officers and members, Abergavenny Town council members plus various others from the town volunteering their time to work together to deliver the scheme.
Local retailers and shop owners have praised the contractors in particular for making all efforts during the course of the works to ensure disruption to their businesses was kept to a minimum.
Monmouthshire County Council Chair Shelia Woodhouse and key members of the project attended the opening ceremony. They were joined by contractors who were treated to a celebratory barbecue and drinks courtesy of local restaurant Casa Bianca.
Following the opening ceremony, Council Chairwoman Shelia Woodhouse said:
“The new pedestrian areas in Abergavenny’s town centre have not only provided a safe route for the public through one of Monmouthshire’s most attractive towns but it has also provided a new and modern look to the centre. I want to thank the public and retailers for their patience while the work was carried out and I would also like to thank all staff and contractors who have carried out the work to the very best standards with the least disruption as possible. Thanks to Abergavenny Town Council, Team Abergavenny and MCC Officers for working so closely together making this a great example of teamwork and cooperation.”
Lucy Hywel representing Y-Fenni Business Community said:
“The pedestrianisation works are a cause for great celebration bringing a new lease of life to the heart of Abergavenny’s retail offering.”