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Last Updated: Monday, 14 April, 2003, 07:35 GMT 08:35 UK
Town set for 1.6m revamp
Bridge Street, Wrexham
Bridge Street will be regenerated by the 1.6m grant
A derelict area of Wrexham town centre struggling to attract visitors and new businesses will benefit from a 1.6m revamp.

The money from the Welsh Assembly will be spent on the Bridge Street area of the town.

It is one of the main routes into the town but in recent years it has suffered from a lack of investment.

The funding will be used to create stronger links back into the shopping centre with the introduction of footpaths and park benches.


Wrexham council's chief economic development officer Steve Bayley said local people will benefit from the improvements.

"This is a further sign of the regeneration of Wrexham," he said.

"The success of the bid means that we can further enhance the work already being carried out in one of the last areas of dereliction in the town."

Wrexham resident May Hughes said the Bridge Street area of the town lets the area down.

"We have a lovely little town now but Bridge Street is an eyesore," she said.

Wrexham town centre
Many areas of Wrexham have been revamped

"I never venture up there, it's dirty."

The face of the town began to change in 1994 with the formation of The Wrexham Partnership.

The Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and Wrexham council are part of the group, and the opinions of local people are also represented by the Town Centre Forum.

Since the Wrexham Partnership was formed, more than 14m of public money and 170m from the private sector has been ploughed into improving the town.

The revenue has been spent on numerous projects including multi-million pound retail developments at Island Green and Henblas Square, new residential schemes, and a new football stand at Wrexham Football Club.

It is not yet known when the development work will begin.

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