1:11pm Monday 9th September 2013
PLANS to save the historic Navigation Colliery in Crumlin have been given a £60,000 boost by a Welsh Government scheme, just weeks after its owners pleaded to local businesses and the community to secure its future.
Caerphilly council, working with the South Wales Building Preservation Trust and the colliery's new owners, charitable group Glofa, secured the grant which will fund a project to carry out essential ground investigation work and site improvements.
The colliery, a mixture of Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings which closed in 1967, was the subject of a £25 million proposed development by Bristol-based Edward Ware Homes in 2009, but fell through due to the financial crisis.
It was recently taken over by Glofa Navigation, who are determined to transform the site and provide jobs.
Glofa and the Friends of the Navigation have around 15 dedicated community volunteers, working to prevent further deterioration at the site.
Vera Jenkins, Community Champion for Glofa Navigation Trust, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have secured this significant funding. We would like to thank the council, and in particular the urban renewal team, for their support. Hopefully this will be the start of something really exciting for Crumlin.”
Cllr Ken James, cabinet member for regeneration and sustainable development described the Navigation Colliery as historically significant for the whole of Wales.
"I am delighted that the Welsh Government has chosen to support this ambitious regeneration project," he said.
"I hope this will encourage other funding organisations to come forward and join the inspiring community efforts to save these nationally important buildings.”
For information on getting involved in efforts to save Navigation Colliery, call 01495 243729 or visit www.crumlinpitstop.org. Alternatively follow Friends of the Crumlin Navigation Colliery on Facebook.
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