21st Century Generation

The Issues

Pontypool was once a hub of industrial and creative activity with a flourishing indoor market, distinctive architecture and a beautiful park. It was industrious and active with a strong community spirit. Since the loss of traditional industries however, Pontypool has reduced in size and prosperity

Pontypool serves a catchment population of around 36,000 in mid and north Torfaen and has an important role in providing services and facilities for these communities, some of which are amongst the most deprived in Wales.

The key issues currently facing communities around Pontypool Town Centre relate to low income, economic inactivity and poor attainment in education and training. The Torfaen Retail and Leisure Study 2007, identified the poor environmental quality of the town centre as being a major factor in having a negative impact on the retail performance of the town. The study highlighted the number of vacant units, the poor condition of buildings and the domination of traffic in non-pedestrianised areas.

Regeneration of Pontypool

The Regeneration Strategy of Pontypool sets out a clear vision and framework, agreed with the local community, for the future of their town centre over the next 15-20 years. This strategy not only identifies physical changes to improve the viability of the town, but also highlights ways in which the potential of people living around and using Pontypool can be maximised, providing an integrated approach to the town’s regeneration.

The Pontypool Regeneration Team is responsible for promoting and supporting the viability, vitality and attractiveness of Pontypool Town Centre. It does this through:

  • Long-term planning to ensure that the town can meet the changing needs of all its users
  • Working with businesses and local communities to address specific issues affecting the town
  • Improving the town through a variety of economic, social and environmental projects.

Protecting and investing in Pontypool’s heritage is a priority for both the Council and its partners with the town centre a designated Conservation Area and home to a number of listed buildings.

A Conservation Area Management Plan has been approved by the Council in order to ensure the important character and significance of the Conservation Area is maintained in the future. In addition, Supplementary Planning Guidance on Design in the Pontypool Town Centre Conservation Area is being produced and this document will be made available online once it has received Council approval. Anyone planning to undertake works in the Conservation Area should consult the Management Plan and Design Guide before submitting a planning application.

Regeneration Projects in Pontypool

The team works closely with other sections of Torfaen County Borough Council’s Economy, Enterprise and Environment Service, as well as a wide range of other partners within the town, to deliver projects including:.

  • The refurbishment of properties in Pontypool Town Centre through the Townscape Heritage Initiative. The Council has been awarded £850,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards this project.
  • The improvement of the public realm (including surfaces, signs, street furniture) in the pedestrianised area of George Street and Commercial Street. Follow this link to see the details on the Torfaen council web site.
  • The refurbishment of Pontypool Indoor Market.
  • Public Art project
  • George Street Public realm improvements, which included new paving/lighting.
  • A new Car Park. (Old Mill Car Park)
  • Clarence Corner Property Improvement scheme. Details on the Broadhall web site >

Transport, Getting to Pontypool

Torfaen is located in South East Wales and is within easy access of the M4 motorway as well as many major roads. Pontypool is in the middle of Torfaen and easily accessible from any direction.

Visit www.transportdirect.info

By Coach:

National Express operates nationwide coach services to and from Pontypool. For further information, visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 08705 808080.

By Rail:

Pontypool is served by the Pontypool/New Inn railway stations. For further information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 484950.

By Air:

Cardiff International and Bristol International Airports both handle flights into the region from the UK, Europe and the USA, and are within a 45 minute driving distance.

For flight information:

Cardiff Airport: Tel: 01446 711111 – www.cwlfly.com

Bristol Airport: Tel:0870 1212 747 – www.bristolairport.co.uk

Getting Around Pontypool

By Car:

Getting around Torfaen is simple, follow the A4042 from Newport via Cwmbran through to Pontypool. There are FREE car parks situated throughout, Pontypool.

By Bus:

Stagecoach operates the X24 service which connect Pontypool with the neighbouring city of Newport. Detailed times of all local bus services in Torfaen are available from Torfaen Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively call Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit the website www.traveline-cymru.info

For information about taxi companies serving Pontypool Train Station log on to www.traintaxi.co.uk

For more information contact the Tourist Information Centre which is based at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Tel: 01495 742333 or email blaenavon.tic@torfaen.gov.uk

Car Parks

Council public car parks are open to the public but may be closed at specified times according to locally advertised operating hours, or such special occasions as we may determine.

Riverside Multi Storey Car Park  (accessed from Riverside Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7:00 am – 9:15 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Spaces: Long stay and short stay (4 hours) spaces – 18 Disabled spaces

Charges: Free

Restrictions: 4 hour parking on specified floors

Civic Centre Multi Storey Car Park

(Level 1, intermediate and level 2) (accessed from Glantorfaen Road, Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday

Spaces: 145 short stay spaces (4 hours)

Charges: Free

Restrictions: 4 hour parking (no return within 4 hours)

Rosemary Lane Car Park

(accessed from Park Road Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday

Spaces: 22 short stay spaces (2 hours) – 1 Disabled space

Charges: Free

Restrictions: 2 hour parking in all marked bays (no return within 2 hours)

Pontypool Active Living Centre

(accessed from Trosnant Street, Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday

Spaces: 136 long stay spaces – 12 Disabled Spaces

Charges: Free

Clarence Corner Car Park (accessed from Trosnant Street, Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday

Spaces: 46 Long stay – 8 short stay (4 hour) spaces – 2 Disabled Spaces

Charges: Free

Trosnant Street Upper Car Park (accessed from Trosnant Street, Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday

Spaces: 17 long stay spaces – 1 Disabled space

Charges: Free

Trosnant Street Lower Car Park (accessed from Trosnant Street, Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday

Spaces: 19 long stay spaces

Charges: Free

Old Mill Car Park (Trosnant Street) (accessed from Trosnant Street, Pontypool)

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday (7am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm Sat)

Spaces: 197 long stay spaces

Charges: Free

Park Terrace Car Park

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (7am-7pm)

Spaces: 30 long stay spaces

Charges: Free

Other shopper car parks

These car parking facilities are privately operated and charging may apply.

Tesco Store Pontypool

Weather

Pontypool is set in South Wales, and has a typical British climate. In summer temperatures can reach the upper 20’s but the average ranges between 18°C – 22°C and in winter it can drop to 0˚C and below. It is worth packing an umbrella any time of the year just in case because a bit of rain is never far away.