ELEANOR Burnham, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, attended the Senedd launch of the multi-million pound heritage refurbishment by British Waterways of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
The aqueduct, among the world’s most renowned and spectacular achievements in canal engineering, has been put forward by Culture Secretary James Purnell as the UK’s latest nomination for World Heritage Site status.
The nomination, backed by Lib Dem-led Wrexham council, was delivered to UNESCO in January 2008 and will be assessed during 2008-9, with a final decision announced during the summer of 2009.
Ms Burnham said: “I’m delighted British Waterways is committed to this refurbishment of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and am confident its beauty will be recognised by UNESCO when they assess its suitability for World Heritage Status.
“This is a very exciting project that would deliver a tremendous boost for the local economy and tourism, as I know from personal experience after I took two of my cousins who were visiting from New Zealand to see the site last month.”