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Fishguard: Work starts on ‘Chimneys Link’ development

Pictured in Fishguard are (left to right): Rob Hamer, Senior Engineer at Pembrokeshire County Council; Craig Kearney, Atkins Senior Assistant Engineer; Cllr Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation; and Cllr Pat Davies, County Councillor for Fishguard North West

WORK has commenced on Phase 1 of the ‘Chimneys Link’ development in Fishguard.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s scheme aims to alleviate traffic congestion and improve public transport capabilities and safety in Fishguard town centre.

Phase 1, which is expected to take ten weeks to complete, comprises the following works:

  • demolition of the rear function room of the Ship and Anchor pub
  • demolition of parts of the former library building attached to the Ship and Anchor
  • landscaping and construction of a car park.

Atkins has been commissioned by the County Council as consultants with Alun Griffiths Ltd as contractors.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2017, further ecological surveys will be undertaken. Subject to getting the necessary approvals, the next phase of the work – which will include a one-way circulatory system, footways, shared use paths and a public transport hub – will start in late 2017.

Cllr Pat Davies, Councillor for Fishguard North West, said the plans had been well received by the community and she was delighted to see work starting on the first phase.

“I’m hopeful that this scheme will prove to be catalyst for the regeneration of our town and give confidence to potential investors,” she said.

“I’m also very pleased that our streets will become more pedestrian-friendly. They are not really suitable for the traffic that we have now.”