Welcome to the Plas Kynaston Canal Group Website
The Holly Bush Inn, Established 1800, the oldest pub in Cefn Mawr and home of the Plas Kynaston Canal Group, Cefn Square, Cefn Mawr, Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site, Wrexham, LL14 3AE, Tel 01978 253 477
The PKC Group organised a Public Consultation for the planned Local Development Plan 2, (LDP2) by Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) at the Holy Bush Inn in March 2016. WCBC had not organised one for the local community and so the group helped out and it allowed the group to explain both the LDP2 as being proposed for the Cefn by WCBC and their proposals for incorporation into the LDP2 for the community of Cefn.
The PKC Group had held a number of meetings in 2014 and 2015 leading to the proposals submitted to the WCBC for inclusion into the LDP2 during its term until 2028.
This website is for Cefn, covering Cefn Mawr and Surrounding Villages that are central to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site along the Llangollen Canal. The villages of Cefn and Cefn Mawr are immediately adjacent to both the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Cefn Viaduct that span the River Dee Valley.
Please send us your input, so we can build a better site and future for us, our children and grandchildren. Have a look and find out about the History, Present, and Plans for the future. Everybody is welcome to the information here on what has happened, is going on or is going to happen and to help out if you want to!
The Plas Kynaston Canal once served the industries of Cefn Mawr that provided employment for local people, but eventually became buried beneath the mighty Monsanto Works in the 1900’s. However those works have now closed and the site is vacant providing the opportunity to reinstate the Plas Kynaston Canal back to Cefn Mawr. This would reconnect Cefn Mawr & Surrounding Villages to the Inland Waterway Network. The Llangollen Canal is the UK’s busiest canal and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct draws over 250,000 tourists annually.
The canal could again bring employment opportunities & prosperity to the area by encouraging tourism into our villages and community, exploring the local industrial heritage of our area.
Plas Kynaston Hall is a Grade II listed building located within the Cefn Mawr conservation area is being renovated by the Welsh Georgian Trust.
Since the Plas Kynaston Canal, PKC Group was formed in 2010 to promote tourism in the central section of the World Heritage Site on the Llangollen Canal adjacent to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct the PKC Group has received wide and popular support from the general public both locally, nationally and internationally. The PKC Group are putting the villages that lie between the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Cefn Viaduct along the River Dee and Llangollen Canal on the tourist map.
The PKC Group at the Glydrw University in Wrexham to highlight the potential for reinstating the Plas Kynaston Canal back into Cefn Mawr. The group likes to join in with local events around our community to encourage positive outcomes for Cefn. Although PKC Group is based in Cefn Mawr, it also looks at the wider community such as surrounding Villages of the Cefn, the Pontcysyllte WHS and County of Wrexham. Please check out this website for proof.
The PKC Group continues to be active in the role of seeking the reinstatement of the Plas Kynaston Canal to link Cefn Mawr and the Cefn into the inland waterway network at the centre of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. This news article from 2010 shows a petition of 2000 signatories being handed into the Wrexham County Borough Council. The petition was raised locally in in the Cefn and remains valid. As does all the other work we have done (all of us) since then and we (PKC Group) keep in regular contact with Eastman’s, now the current site owner of the former Monsanto Chemical Works site.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for the North Wales Region discussing matters with David Taylor and Steven Hughes about bringing tourism to Cefn Mawr and the PKC Group proposals to bridge the gap between the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct WHS and Cefn Mawr for the betterment of all. Llyr Gruffydd, visited the site in February 2012 for a meeting with the Heritage Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Please note that these forms were in response to the second round of the WCBC Local Development Plan (LDP) Consultation in 2011.They were additional to the 2000 strong petition handed to the WCBC in 2010 by the PKC Group, which had been presented on behalf of our community at the centre of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. The PKC received more support in the LDP than any other nomination for incorporation into the WCBC Local Development Plan.
The PKC Group thanks every one for their support and backing on this. Please remember this is a long term project with significant technical difficulties to overcome in order to achieve the full restoration of the PKC.
Want to see progress, come for a beer in the Holly Bush Inn or check out the Holly Bush Inn Renovation Story, restored in partnership with the THI & WCBC.
Another project is signage for local traders to tell people that Cefn Mawr village shops are still open for business. Here you can see the new sign for our village at the Tesco roundabout. The PKC Group works with Tesco, but since the arrival of their new store in 2012 local trade has seen a sharp down turn. The new road layout for Tesco acts as a bypass for the village centre and so something has to be done and we are doing it.
We are also proud to work alongside other voluntary groups such as the St Christophers School party clearing Crane Lane in the Cefn and all other local groups we promote on this website. On our website we link these to the national relevant bodies for the preservation and promotion of our local heritage, such as CADW, IWA, National Library of Wales, CRT, National Archives and Visit Wales.
If you want a copy of this home page please just down load this PDF which will print out easily on any home printer, and all the best from the PKC Group.
PKC Home Page 2016.pdf
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