Posted 21.08.2020

Llandrindod housing development funds cemetery improvements

Llandrindod Wells Cemetery gates and railings get a revamp thanks to new local housing development.

Newydd Housing Association, alongside their contractor J.G Hale Construction, funded the repainting of the iron gate and railings, and wooden lychgate at the Ithon road cemetery following a report by a local resident that they were looking in disrepair and letting down this otherwise beautifully maintained site.

Cllr Jake Berriman said, “I was approached by one of my constituents drawing this matter to my attention and when I investigated it a little further I discovered that no improvement works were scheduled any time soon. I then decided that something needed to be done and approached the neighbouring housing developer to see if they would support a community effort to make good the gates and railings. Newydd and Hale Construction leapt at the chance to get involved and have been brilliant throughout, offering to do the whole job themselves at no cost to the community. The results are fabulous”

Newydd Housing Association is building 55 brand new affordable homes adjacent to the cemetery on Ithon Road in Llandrindod Wells.

Shannon Maidment, Community Regeneration Coordinator at Newydd said, “The ongoing maintenance of the cemetery is extremely important to the residents of Llandrindod Wells. We were eager to fund these improvements as it’s important to us that we not only provide homes but help make local communities sustainable.”

Town Mayor Councillor Steve Deeks-D’Silva commented, “I would like to thank both Newydd and Hale Construction for the tremendous work they have done, the improvements to the cemetery will be appreciated by its many users visiting loved ones or just spending a quiet moment in this lovely setting.”

Work on the £8.3 million development on Ithon Road began in November 2019 after planning permission was permitted in March of the same year. Newydd employed J.G. Hale Construction to build a mixture of two and three bedroom houses, bungalows, and one bedroom flats for rent as well as properties for sale through the Welsh Government Rent to Own Wales scheme.

Picture: From left to right, Mayor of Llandrindod Wells; Cllr Steve Deeks-D'Silva, Shane Price from J.G. Hale Construction, Cllr Jake Berriman, Sarah Williams from J.G. Hale Construction and the Shannon Maidment from Newydd oustide the cemetery entrance at Llandrindod Wells.

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