A VISITOR centre has been praised for its safety measures which allowed them to reopen to the public following lockdown.

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, Clwyd South MP, Simon Baynes, made a socially distanced visit, along with Canal & River Trust Wales / Glandŵr Cymru representatives, to the Trevor Basin in August.

The Visitor Centre is moving from part-time to full-time daily opening (10am – 4pm) from Wednesday, September 9.

The Trevor Basin is a key destination in the UNESCO World Heritage site as the gateway to the famous Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. Glandŵr Cymru staff and volunteers have implemented a signposted one-way route to ensure suitable social distancing as well as hand sanitiser stations throughout the visit and welcomed visitors once again in August after restrictions eased in Wales.

On the visit Mr Baynes was accompanied by local County Councillor, Rondo Roberts, to meet Director of Glandŵr Cymru, Mark Evans, and Destination Supervisor, Lynda Slater. Both Mark and Lynda were pleased to welcome the extra visitors and discuss the work done to re-open the visitor centre following lockdown. Lynda, a Llangollen resident, also shared the benefit that the Llangollen Canal and nearby waterways had provided for the wellbeing of local communities during the Coronavirus restrictions.

Simon Baynes MP, who is also a Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Waterways, praised the staff for implementing social distancing guidelines and thanked them for their contribution to the local economy.

Simon Baynes MP said: "I was very impressed to learn about the measures that the staff at the Trevor Basin Visitor Centre have put in place so that they were able to re-open safely to the public on a part-time basis in August which will become full-time on a daily basis (10am – 4pm) from Wednesday 9th September.

"The Trevor Basin and Llangollen Canal support many tourism businesses and are key to our economy not only in Clwyd South but also more widely in North Wales. I wish the Trevor Basin Visitor Centre every continued success in the future."