Business Success in Pontypool

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A former pub in Torfaen  has been fully restored and transformed into a bar and four bedroom B&B. The White Hart Hotel has been brought back to its former glory as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project in Pontypool town centre.

The £2.5 million THI project is funded by the EU’s European regional development fund, the Welsh Government’s targeted match fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Pontypool Regeneration Partnership and Torfaen County Borough Council.

A grant of £265,000 from the THI project,  coupled with £250,000 of the property’s new owner -  local businessman,  Sean O’Connor’s own money, has resulted in the establishment of a  quality venue and a regeneration success story that Torfaen council is proud to be an integral part of.

Venue Manager, Susi Ball, 33, says that since it opened,  the hotel has been well supported by the community. She said: “ “Everyone has praised the work as it’s an absolute transformation from the derelict building that it once was.”

She said many of the period features on the outside of the iconic building had been kept, adding: “It’s part of the charm of the inn, as a modern look would not sit well in this historic town.”

The B&B has also proved to be a hit, with the rooms being fully booked since August.

She added: “Our position in the town means we are easily accessible to other areas, and are in an ideal location for people wanting to sightsee or for contractors here for business.”

As well as injecting new life into the historic building, the business resulted in four permanent positions being created and two temporary ones.

Mr O’Connor said: “I would like to thank everyone from Torfaen council for their support in helping me reopen this historic building.”

David Evans, Group Leader,  Economy, Renewal and Culture, Torfaen County Borough Councilsays: ‘Through  the THI project scheme, we are looking to support and help facilitate  the repair of  a number of Pontypool’s fine historic buildings so they can be given a new lease of life.

We want the THI programme  to contribute  positively to Pontypool’s urban regeneration  which in turn will  augment the town’s attractiveness to business, residents, inward investment and visitors, and enhance its long term sustainability.”

He concluded:  “The refurbishment of the White Hart Hotel is a great example of how the THI programme works in action and how private sector investment combined with public sector funding can make a difference to historic towns, such as  Pontypool  that need regeneration.  Jobs and business growth, an iconic  building  rejuvenated and a community that’s proud of its heritage – a fantastic result!’

Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Gwener 27th Mehefin 2014