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 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!
Why are we doing this? 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.
Therefore 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. In short the Plas Kynaston Canal (PKC) can simply breathe new life back in to Cefn Mawr and surrounding villages. Also we are told that the Georgian Society is now planning on restoring the Plas Kynaston Hall and former home of the Knyaston family from when they lived in the area before the Industrial Revolution, let’s hope so.
Since the Plas Kynaston Canal, PKC 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.
The Plas Kynaston Canal, PKC Group moved their headquarters to the Holly Bush Inn in 2013 to help promote the oldest pub in Cefn Mawr and keep it open providing a focal point for all at the centre of our community. The Holly Bush Inn, Well Street, Cefn Mawr, LL14 3AE, Tel 01978 253 477
The PKC Group put on a display at the Glydrw University in Wrexham to highlight the potential for reinstating the Plas Kynaston Canal back into Cefn Mawr. The group also likes to join in with other local events around our community to try and 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.
Mark Isherwood AM, Shadow Minister for Communities and Housing visiting Cefn Mawr and the PKC Group TIS. Mark met a number of high street traders during his visit and also visited the Tourist Information Service that PKC Group is running from Lure-It Fishing Tackle, 5a Crane Street, Cefn Mawr, LL14 3AB.
Tel 01978 822 823 or 07907 004 18 www.plaskynastoncanalgroup.org/tis
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 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.
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.
But rest assured, despite the setbacks we have endured, we continue to work towards this goal as you can see from this website, our facebook page, the Cefn Community News Letter and work within the village.
See the story in the press so far: News Paper Cuttings
Want to see progress on this that we are making, please just click on the picture and you will be taken to the Holly Bush Inn Restoration Project page and you can have a look at what we are doing here right now. Please remember we are an action group and if you would like to join in with us you are most welcome. Please call at the The Holly Bush Inn, Well Street, Cefn Mawr, LL14 3AE, Tel 01978 253 477 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2014.pdf
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