Town Centres

The Vale of Glamorgan has a diverse range of shopping centres, each with their own character and offering a wide variety of shopping choices.


A town centre is the 'Heartbeat of the Community', and they must remain vibrant & viable places to meet and shop!


Working with partners, the Council is helping to create the right environment for our town centres to flourish. This approach recognises that the private and community sectors play an important role in securing the investment and usage of town centres, and that the Council has a key enabling role to play in helping create successful town centres.



Barry has two shopping areas, Holton Road and High Street. 



Llantwit Major

Llantwit Major town centre has a variety of shops, restaurants plus a selection of things to do and local amenities.




Cowbridge is full of sophisticated shops and plays host to a fantastic food festival.




Just across the water from Cardiff Bay, Penarth is a seaside town full of charm and character. The Vale of Glamorgan Farmers’ Market hold monthly markets in Penarth.



Town Centre Framework

The Council recently commissioned consultants to produce a framework to guide the future of the five principal town centres in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The framework report considered the role of Holton Road and High Street/Broad Street in Barry, and the town centres of Penarth, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge. Detailed site visits were undertaken and the commission considered the strengths and weaknesses of each centre as well as the challenges facing each centre. 



Welsh Governments Vibrant and Viable Places Programme of Investment 2014 - 2017

Welsh Government announced in July 2014 that Barry would receive an investment of £1m over a 3 year period. Funding from the Tackling Poverty Fund would assist the Vale of Glamorgan Council and partners to deliver regeneration projects in Barry. 


The following projects are being supported by public, private and third sector investment:

  • Glamorgan Voluntary Services, Third Sector Hub
  • George Street Play Area Improvements
  • Holton Road Grant Programme
  • Main Street Grant Programme
  • Victoria Gardens Improvements
  • Fuel Poverty Reduction Measures
  • Dryden Terrace and Meggitt Road Play Area Improvements
  • Hatch Quarry Play Area Improvements
  • YMCA Barry, Third Sector Youth Partnership and Community Internet Café


Further details regarding the projects can be found on the Welsh Government website.


Christopher Edwards is the Town Centre Development Manager for the Vale of Glamorgan Council. You can contact Chris about town centre issues, or you can also contact your local  Councillor about issues affecting you in the Vale of Glamorgan town centres.