A PROJECT led by an organisation based in Porthmadog and Anglesey which uses new technology to help shape town centre regeneration will hit the road this summer.

Smart Towns Cymru will host a series of events across Wales, beginning in Newport on Thursday (May 16).

Having welcomed up to 120 people to its first conference, held at Ty Pawb in Wrexham earlier this year, the programme – delivered by Menter Mon – wants to engage with more businesses and local authorities in Wales.

The aim is to bring together key high street decision-makers with retailers and relevant parties to help breathe life into economies across the country.


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Project manager Kiki Rees-Stavros said: “We are encouraging businesses to attend and engage with their local authorities and town and community councils to look at ways to move forward together, to discuss what issues they are facing and how they can work in partnership to resolve them.

“This is a great platform to bring organisations together under one roof and share best practice in an informal setting, and to learn how other areas have benefited from the incredible technology and innovative practices that have had a positive impact on other towns and villages.

“Together, we will continue to explore and develop sustainable solutions that will benefit businesses, help increase footfall and shine a light on trends in our town centres, which in turn will influence decision making in the future.”

Those making presentations include software development pioneers Kodergarten, from Gwynedd, who trialled innovative seismology technology as part of the wider Patrwm Smart Places project at last summer’s National Eisteddfod.

The roadshow will then move on to the following areas: Brecon (June 4), Newtown (June 5), Anglesey (July 5), and Flintshire (July 10).

Launched in 2021, the Trefi Smart Towns Cymru project, funded by Welsh Government, has promoted the use of technology and data to rejuvenate high streets all over Wales and encourage data driven decision making.