The North Wales Growth Deal which is being described as a “once in a generation opportunity” could finally kick-start the development of the Parc Bryn Cegin Business Park on the outskirts of Bangor, which has been empty for nearly twenty years.
A campaign has now been launched to show that the region is united behind the bid for £383m which could generate investment of £1.3bn into the economy of North Wales.
The investment would create up to 5,000 permanent jobs in North Wales with thousands more during the construction of some of the 26 different projects all across North Wales that the deal funding can turn into reality, which includes the development of Parc Bryn Cegin, while boosting the local economy, improving transport and communication links, and focusing on renewable energy and supporting tourism.
Parc Bryn Cegin
In 2015 it was announced that Liberty Properties Developments Ltd had been selected by the Welsh Government to create a 400 job leisure scheme at the site which included a cinema, five restaurants, a family pub and a Welsh produce shop, but the developers have since blamed the economic difficulties of Brexit for delays with the plans.
In December it was reported that an operator has signed up for a giant cinema complex at the Parc Bryn Cegin, but the developer needed to secure more restaurants to make it happen.
The Daily Post has partnered with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) to launch a campaign to support the crucial bid to unlock the multi-million pound boost.
The Back the Bid campaign is calling on people and businesses in North Wales to get behind the North Wales Growth Bid, which already enjoys a united front of support from councils, business groups, universities and colleges across the region.
Cllr Aaron Shotton, chairman of the North Wales Growth Bid, said this has given the region a “once in a generation opportunity”.
He said: “The Deal won’t become a reality unless the Bid is approved, so we really need the people and businesses of North Wales to join us – and Back the Bid – so we can take our economy to the next level.
“The people of North Wales can also play an integral part in the success of the bid, so we are seeking their support
“This is the opportunity of a generation to transform our economy and we must do that together, united as a region.”
People can help support the bid for Growth Deal funding by signing up to the campaign here: bit.ly/2FcScU9 or on Twitter with the #backthebid hashtag.