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Ruthin 'masterplan': Residents vote on ideas
scale model of Ruthin
Future mapped out... a scale model of plans for developing Ruthin town centre

Ruthin residents are voting on the best ideas drawn up to develop the town over the next few years.

The design plans, put forward by architecture students following a three day visit in April, range from planted deck views to Ruthin Castle, to making the main square, St Peter's, pedestrian friendly, removing its roundabout.

Town mayor and local hotelier Gavin Harris said: "The students quickly understood the special character of Ruthin, but have also spotted many things that can be improved."

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St Peter's Square, Ruthin, courtesy Historyanorak via Flickr
The heart of town - a lovely mess of architectural styles with great views to the surrounding countryside.
- Simon

The ideas have been tabled as part of a project called Ruthin Market Town of the Future project - known locally as the "masterplan" - backed by Denbighshire Council, Bro Rhuthun Tourism, as well as residents, community groups and businesses.

The exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre runs from Friday (6.30pm) until 14 June.

It includes a scale model of the town centre, plans and visuals of ideas, as well as a projected slideshow, "Fresh Eyes", giving the students' view of the town.

Matthew Jones, architect at the Design Research Unit Wales and the students' tutor, said: "They have been really impressed by the quality of the old buildings in Ruthin and the beauty that surrounds the town."

As part of the wider project, a website has been set up inviting people to share their most loved and loathed spots in Ruthin.

St Peter's Square is among the most loved, with the "boring" roundabout on the Mold approach into town listed as among the "loathed" locations along with the town centre public toilets.

One contributor, Simon, nominated the town centre square, describing its as "a lovely mess of architectural styles with great views to the surrounding countryside".




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