The outcome of the Ruthin Market Town of the Future project consisted of a vision and three themes, each with a series of linked projects around the vision:

“Ruthin is a small town with big potential.  The town prides itself on its history, heritage and landscape.  It aims to become a sustainable, creative and connected market town with a high quality built and natural environment.”


To achieve this vision, three themes were highlighted:

Public Spaces for Public Life; Creating a Heart for Ruthin:

Outdoor spaces should be the social heart of the town.  These spaces need to be diverse enough to encourage a wide range of activities and be of high quality to reflect the heritage and aspirations of the town.


Centre, Periphery & Hinterland:

Creating an attractive and safe network of safe walking and cycling routes linking the historic core and the suburbs and linking the key locations in the town.


A Distinctive Ruthin:

Developing Ruthin’s distinctive assets to make it individual and identifiable from other towns and cities.  This is a combination of people, places, ideas, industries, climate, culture, history and a vision for the future. 

An approach of incremental regeneration was proposed- as and when funds become available and not requiring large pots of money to implement.  This offered the town the best chance of pushing forward.  Achieving early wins by incorporating ongoing projects and getting small projects underway was used as a way of gaining momentum for the project and making the community support the vision.



AuthorMatthew Jones

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