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  Market Times • February 2014
NEWS
Pontypool market in £2.3 million transformation
  WORK is progressing well on the £2.3 million transformation of Pontypool Indoor Market, which includes new stalls, a new floor, new lighting, the installation of wi-fi, new public toilets and repainting.
The major construction work began in April 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in July. It is being carried out in five phases, which has enabled the Monday to Saturday market to remain open, with traders relocating as the work progresses.
The refurbishment is part of the Pontypool Settlement Regeneration Scheme, which aims to regenerate Pontypool town centre and the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is being funded by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government’s Targeted Match Funds, the Heads of the Valley Programme, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Torfaen County Borough Council.
Pontypool town centre manager Richard Morgan said the scheme would deliver a modern shopping environment in a beautiful, Grade II listed building.
“Pontypool indoor market is a lovely building with some excellent traders,” he said. But the building needed improvements, and new facilities such as free wi-fi and new public toilets with baby changing facilities would improve the
customers’ shopping experience and bring increased footfall to the market, he added.
Traders have expressed concerns about the level of rent and the cost of fitting out the stalls once they are handed over.
Richard Morgan said that there was no doubt that trading conditions had been tough while the work was underway. But he said that the improvements would be worth the disruption and the enhanced market and the additional facilities should boost trade.
There will be 42 stalls when the new-look market reopens. Anyone interested in trading there should contact Sharon Hutchinson
Commercial Street
on 01495 752822.
To get an idea of what the
revamped market will look like,
you can take a virtual fly through of the completed market by visiting www.youtube.com/torfaencouncil.
   Historic shopfronts
  Elevated view
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