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A big boost for the Welsh coast

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 10:44 UK time, Monday, 12 April 2010

Great news for anyone who loves the coast as much as I do - as a £17.5 million initiative to improve facilities has just been announced by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Political wranglings aside - this is a much needed and well overdue investment in one of our greatest assets in my opinion - our coastline and beaches.

I know the residents of Porthcawl have been awaiting this kind of news for quite some time...

As a fairly new resident myself, 'potential plans' have had people talking for about the last 10-15 years! The most recent came in the form of the Seven Bays Project in 2007.

But it looks as if things are finally set to change, with developments planned for the old harbour and improving facilities at Rest Bay as well as an 'Adrenalin Coast Festival'.

Porthcawl Harbour being battered by large surf. Image by Tim Wood, on Flickr:

The original harbour was around three times the size of the one we see today and was a hive of activity during the golden age of coal export from South Wales.

Sadly, the working harbour lost out to business from the bustling ports of Cardiff and Barry in the early 1900's and was eventually filled in. Nowadays it's used as car park adjacent to Coney Beach.

There are also plans for developing Swansea Bay where a new watersports centre will be built, attracting people interested in kitesurfing, surfing, rowing, kayaking etc.

A new low-carbon centre is planned for Aberdaron which will aim to promote tourism around the Llyn Peninsula - a truly stunning part of North West Wales.

Pembrokeshire will also benefit with a large grant, aimed at linking the county's attractions together.

Developments include new low water landing stages at Tenby, Angle and Dale as well as improved facilities at Solva, Porthgain (one of the most picturesque harbours in Pembs imo) and Coppet Hall near Saundersfoot.

All this comes at a time when Welsh beaches have picked up 50 environmental awards from the Green Coast Awards.

Confused by all the different awards and flags? Click on the links below for a full explanation of what each one actually means:

Green Coast Awards

Blue Flag Awards

Seaside Awards



  • Comment number 1.

    Hi - I live in Pembrokeshire - In Manorbier. It is a beautiful part and we have the coast path going past us. Manorbier Beach is wonderful but we do have a problem. We have two beaches very close to my home - Skrinkle beach and Church Doors beach. Both of these were lovely beaches but although they are still in the guide books - they have been inaccessible for a few years now as the steps down needed re-doing and yet no one has got round to doing it. I get people asking me how to get to these beaches and I have to tell them that they cant. Only the people who can afford a boat can get to these now which is wrong. Fresh signs get put up each year saying that you cannot access these beaches - I wish they woulod spend the money on fixing the steps down to them instead.


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