Pontypool awarded £7.6 million from Levelling Up Fund

Published: 23 January 2023

Pontypool awarded £7.6 million from Levelling Up Fund
Pontypool is one of only 11 projects in Wales to receive grants from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund which aims to create jobs and grow the local economy.
The £7.6 million grant will help fund the council’s £9.3 million Pontypool Cultural Hub project to boost the night-time economy and attractiveness of the town.
The investment will:
• transform St James’ Church, a derelict Grade II listed building into a thriving cultural-hub with a pop-up cinema, pop-up food and exhibition space, a bar-servery with indoor and outdoor seating and space for community events
• convert public toilets into a landmark café/restaurant providing a high-quality lunchtime café offer, transforming into a “small plates” style restaurant in the evening
• renovate an existing car park into safe and secure parking for users of these facilities and the town.
The Cultural Hub project is expected to be completed before the end of 2024.
Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies visited Pontypool today to look at the plans and the buildings that will transformed.