Anglesey Showground plans to showcase a new look
22 Aug 2016
Exciting plans to boost visitor numbers to the Anglesey Showground.
Following agreement with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Magnox and the Anglesey Charitable Trust the Society is delighted to confirm it has secured funding for a £160,000 enhancement to its facilities at the Showground site which will enable it to attract new prestigious events and substantially more visitors throughout the year.
Welcoming the announcement John Chamberlain for the Society commented “Without the support provided by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority through the Magnox socio-economic scheme and the Anglesey Charitable Trust Fund the Society would have not been able to bring these exciting plans forward. The support we have received from both organisations has been fantastic and demonstrates a belief in the potential the Showground has for further growth and diversification”. To ensure the new facilities are able to help attract the range of new events and conferences that the Society has identified it is in the process of appointing a new marketing officer with support from the Welsh Government’s Jobs Growth Wales Scheme.
Jonathan Jenkin, NDA Stakeholder Relations and Socio-economic Manager commented: “Support for this project forms part of a £7.4m package of NDA funding invested in the North West Wales region to mitigate the socio-economic impact of decommissioning on Anglesey and Meirionnydd’s communities.”
He continued: “Anglesey Agricultural Society’s development plans support Anglesey Council’s strategic aim of establishing the appropriate infrastructure and resources for events. The project will transform the showground into a multi-purpose regional events arena to attract 50,000 more visitors, contribute an additional £1m to the island’s economy and create 18 new jobs.”
The Magnox socio-economic scheme is providing invaluable support to enable the Society to extend the original hall adjacent to the main pavilion. This will provide new back stage facilities together with new showers, toilets and other visitor facilities that will enable it to attract higher value events and exhibitions. The Society has agreed to work with Magnox and other partners to explore the potential for hosting a number of opportunities linked to the Wylfa Newydd Project, including a possible supply chain event once the improvements are completed in early 2017.
Equally valuable support has been provided by the Anglesey Charitable Trust which has recognised the importance of these improvements to the future of the Society and its contribution to the rural communities of the island. Speaking on behalf of the Anglesey Charitable Trust, its Chairman Victor Hughes commented, “The Trust is delighted to be able to support this project which will bring new visitors to the site and the island of Anglesey. This will in turn benefit other local tourism based businesses as well as the wider rural economy and community”.
The works on the extension to the Old Pavilion will commence in early autumn to be in place for the 2017 season. The remainder of the funding is being utilized to acquire new equipment including chairs, conference tables and contract carpeting. This new equipment will be invaluable in attracting new higher value events, including conferences and exhibitions, to the Showground.