Riverside venue to be named Hafan yr Afon

By newtown.wales

6 months ago


New Open Newtown community and visitor centre to be named Hafan yr Afon

The brand new community and visitor centre known as the Riverside Venue is to be named Hafan yr Afon, which translates to River Haven or Haven on the River.

The new centre, located on the banks of the River Severn alongside Back Lane car park, forms an attractive gateway to Newtown’s green and blue spaces.

Owen Durbridge, chairman of community focused development trust Open Newtown, said:

“This exciting and environmentally sustainable building will continue to deliver Open Newtown’s ongoing ethos of well-being, kindness, sanctuary, inclusiveness and biodiversity, whilst promoting outdoor activities.

“A welcome break, an attraction, a new experience, encouraging people to explore our river walks and areas of natural beauty, along with our wonderful town centre"

“This new facility will enable Open Newtown to further develop our Forest and River School experience, which will be accessible to all.

“As an organisation, Open Newtown is passionate about involving young people, supporting the beginnings of a community Youth Cafe and we will continue to deliver and support local events.”

The Hafan Yr Afon project has been supported by the Welsh Government, National Lottery Community Fund Wales, Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council and Powys County Council.

It has been built by local contractor Pave Aways, after a public competitive tender process.

Councillor David Selby, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys, said:

“I am delighted that the aptly named Hafan Yr Afon building is to open to the public soon.

“This iconic building is a major development for Newtown and surrounding area to serve both residents and visitors alike. It will be a gateway to the open spaces and to the town, providing advice, activities, community spaces and refreshment. Well done to all those involved and a warm welcome to Hafan Yr Afon.”

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