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Further vote of confidence from UK Government in Council’s regeneration work

Credit: Pembrokeshire Council

Pembrokeshire County Council is delighted to have received confirmation that a major regeneration project for Pembroke is to receive multi-million pound funding from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The UK Government has provisionally confirmed funding of up to £10.54m for the Westgate to Eastgate: Levelling Up Pembroke Town project which aims to support economic and social activity across the town, famous for its imposing medieval castle, birthplace of Henry Tudor.

The project includes enhancement to the public realm and green infrastructure to improve the experience of people who visit and encourage longer visits.

Upgraded pedestrian connections will link Main Street, Common Road via the Parade and Westgate Hill to bring visitors directly into the main town centre.

Improved lighting and street art, plus updated signage will invite visitors to explore Main Street and the historic Mill Pond views.

The long-term vacant Eastgate Centre will be reviewed and assessed to determine its potential for redevelopment for alternative usage.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader Cllr David Simpson, said: “I’m delighted that the UK Government has again shown backing for the key regeneration work that Pembrokeshire County Council is carrying out.

“I thank our Council officers who have worked hard to secure this Levelling Up funding in what the UK Government recognised as a high quality bid.

“I look forward to the project progressing and playing a major role in a bright future for Pembroke town centre.”

Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place, The Region and Climate Change, Cllr Paul Miller, added: “This is extremely good news and this award is another vote of confidence from the UK Government on Pembrokeshire County Council’s work to regenerate our town centres.

“We have a long way to go but real progress is being made and this award will ensure this good work continues.

“We’re determined our towns won’t be left behind and that they play a key part in ensuring Pembrokeshire is the very best place to live, work and visit it can be.”

The Westgate to Eastgate: Levelling Up Pembroke Town project is in addition to and will work alongside an ambitious scheme underway to redevelop the historic and prominent South Quay site next to Pembroke Castle.

The work involves restoring three Grade II listed buildings, enhancing the surrounding environment, and improving the town centre, castle and waterfront access.

The first phase is funded by the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme and will celebrate the town’s legacy as the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty creating a visitor centre, library and café.

The second phase, funded by the UK Government’s Levelling Up programme, will provide a new community hub and associated infrastructure.

Together, the developments will provide a diverse and sustainable mix of new uses in the town.