Mid Wales

Aberystwyth's storms 'resilience' scoops it an award

Aberystwyth Bath Rock shelter (2013)
Image caption Aberystwyth's prom was badly damaged in the winter storms - wrecking the Bath Rock shelter

The "resilience" shown by a mid Wales town in the aftermath of last winter's storms has won it an award.

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, has been named best town in the UK by a panel of architects, planners and developers.

Its main contenders were Bury, West Sussex, and Beverley, East Yorkshire.

"The town's resilience in recovering from the winter storms exemplifies how its people are passionate about their home," Tim Challans of the Urbanism Awards said.

"We were very impressed with how Aberystwyth defies all the apparent disadvantages of its isolated location to be a successful seaside resort and popular university town.

"It was a revelation to discover how its stunning location is reinforced by fine buildings, the cultural facilities of the university and the wonderful collections of the National Library of Wales."

Image copyright REBECCA NADEN/Reuters
Image caption Tidal surges saw the seafront evacuated at the height of the storms
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Damage to the seafront was put at about £1.5m

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