£5.4m former court redevelopment restarts after seagulls fledge

An artist's impression of Barry Magistrates Court development
Image caption The former court site is being transformed into affordable homes and retail units

Work is to restart on a £5.4m housing and shopping complex in the centre of Barry which was halted for breeding seagulls.

Demolition of the magistrates court was suspended on 12 July to allow seagull chicks to fledge their nests on the roof.

A Vale of Glamorgan council ecologist's inspection concluded the young birds, while still visible on the building, are now capable of avoiding contractors.

Fifty two houses, flats and shops are being built on the site.

Gulls are a protected species and it is illegal to harm the birds, their nests, chicks or eggs.

'Waiting game'

Security had been stepped up there during the past month while Aberdare Demolition, which began work in May, was prevented from going on to the site.

But the demolition work is to restart on Monday after the ecologist gave the all clear.

Newydd Housing Association chief executive Paul Roberts said: "We would like to to thank Aberdare Demolition for securing the site and monitoring the birds over the last few weeks whilst demolition was at a standstill.

"They have been very helpful during this waiting game."

"We would also like to thank local residents for also monitoring the site for us and informing us of any seagull sightings.

"We look forward to the construction of these new affordable homes and will continue to inform residents of progress on the site."

The magistrates court building closed in November 2011.

The redevelopment is partially funded by the Welsh government as part of its regeneration plans for the town.

The housing association hopes to begin work on the affordable homes and shops at the end of the year.

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