Welcome to the Plas Kynaston Canal Group Website
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. Please send us your input, so we can build a better site and future for us, our children and grand children. 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 Latest News Stories affecting our area can be found on our News Pages ranging from the BBC and National News Papers to the Local News.
Why are we doing this? The Plas Kynaston Canal once served the industries of Cefn Mawr that provided employment for local people but sadly those days have gone and so to have all the jobs. Flexsys / Solutia (formerly Monsanto) closed 90% of the Chemical Works and this was followed by the complete closure of the Air Products as production was moved elsewhere in the world. This has left high unemployment in our community.
However the closure of the former Monsanto Chemical Plant gives the opportunity to reopen the half mile of the Plas Kynaston Canal and 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. Therefore the canal could once again bring employment & prosperity to the area by encouraging tourism into our villages and community, exploring the industrial heritage of our area. The Plas Kynaston Canal can simply breathe new life back in to Cefn Mawr and surrounding villages. If we are successful in achieving this goal, our next target on the restoration list would be the Plas Kynaston Hall.
Watch this space, this is where the action is. Here is a story of people joining together to overcome economic depression and promote a better future. This is the kind of story that can put great back in to Britain and help to unite the Kingdom, as the old saying goes together we stand, divided we fall. So join in. (2011)
Update 2012: Since the Plas Kynaston Canal Group was formed in 2010 to promote tourism in the central section of the World Heritage Site corridor 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.
To this end we have established a new Tourist Information Service at Lure-it Fishing Tackle, 5a Crane Street, Cefn Mawr, LL14 3AB, Tel 01978 822 823 or 07907 004 182. This is to provide a tourist information service for our local area see: www.plaskynastoncanalgroup.org/tis
Mark Isherwood AM, Shadow Minister for Communities and Housing visiting Cefn Mawr and the PKC Group TIS on the 3rd of April 2012. Mark met a number of high street traders during his visit and also visited the Tourist Information Service that PKC Group Vice Chairman, Steve Hughes is running from his shop Lure-It Fishing Tackle, 5a Crane Street, Cefn Mawr, LL14 3AB, opposite the Vale of Llangollen View Point Car Park Tel 01978 822 823 or 07907 004 182
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 proposals to bridge the gap between the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct WHS, Cefn Mawr and Surrounding Villages for the betterment of all. Llyr Gruffydd, visited the site in February 2012 in preparation for a question he had planned for the Heritage Minister in the WAG Welsh Assembly Government.