Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Y Maes

At long last, the Maes is finally going to get it's makeover.
Work is due to start as I write, and will take around 18 months to complete.
Locals have long maintained that the town needed a face lift and this along with the work at the dock, courthouse, St Helen's Road, repair work to the 'Old Harpers' shop, 'Plas Bowman' and even the old 'Ddraig Goch' finally shows some work being carried out in town.

The Maes
The Maes itself is to have a major face lift and we have already shown the plans here online.
The major concerns will be the access to and from the town and how residents and shop keepers are going to cope while the building work is in progress.

Because of the time scale involved AND the fact that roads will be closed during this time, major disruptions are going to have to be sorted and we can expect quite a bit of noise made by business owners and residents alike.

Victoria Dock
The New complex is growing by the day and last week an official opening of stage one was held. This allows locals and visitors to see the work close up and I urge anyone who hasn't been to the site to take a look around. It feels like you are in a totally new world and hard to imagine that all this is here in Caernarfon and so close to the town centre.

Work at the old Harpers restaurant in Bridge Street is well underway and already the roof has had a total face lift. For years this building has been a real eye sore in town and at long last it is like a breath of fresh air that work is in full swing.
Unfortunately, the traffic disruption here too is going to add to the strains of traffic movement in town.

Ddraig Goch
This shop is situated under the old clock and just outside the town walls. It is in a prime location and again has been in a sorry state for a number of years. The building work is nearing completion and restoring the building to it's former glory is a lengthy task. The same builder will shortly be working on the old House on the grounds of Llanbeblig Church on Llanberis Road.

The New Courthouse
The new courthouse on Llanberis Road (site of the former Segontium School) is also coming along nicely. As far as we are aware, the work is near schedule and already looks like being an impressive building. We will be reporting on this shortly.

Feed My Lambs
Feed My Lambs has also received a large grant and work will shortly be starting in restoring this building too. We would like to tell you more on this, but unfortunately, no one from this organisation has contacted us and that is such a shame as many of you have asked us for more info especially ex pats.

Well there you go, that's how things stand at the moment. I'll fill you in on more as it comes in.

See you all here soooon.
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Thursday, 6 September 2007

Victoria Dock and the message board

Hi Everyone,
I'm so sorry that I've not filled in the Blog more over the last few days, but as you can see we've been very busy here at COL.

The Message Board
The Message board has been very active recently and hot on the debate is the Victoria Dock Hotel issue. Heated but fair and people writing with some passion on the subject. I have kept out of it myself and last night councillors voted yes to Travel Lodge setting up in town. In fairness to councillors, on this occasion, their hands were tied on this issue as there were no planning irregularities in the application and it was passed with no hiccups.

Time will tell how things work out, but I must say the left side of the dock really looks impressive now and although there is quite some work to do, I don't think work is too far behind schedule. Watkin Jones want to work with the business sector and it is really up to them to get involved in talks so that any of their concerns can be addressed and how the dock and other parts of town can work for the good of everyone.

Caernarfon Online have been invited to a unique preview of the first element of the dock on Friday September 14th and we will give you an insight into what the new complex looks like. See it all here first as we will published on the same day as we visit.

Well that's all for now, see you sooooooon!

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