South West Wales

First phase of £900,000 Saundersfoot harbour project opens

Saundersfoot harbour Image copyright Welsh government
Image caption It is hoped the redevelopment of Saundersfoot will attract tourists from around the world

The first phase of a £927,000 project to transform a Pembrokeshire harbour into an international marine tourism destination has opened.

The project to revamp Saundersfoot has already been awarded £463,500 in European regional funds, as well as £200,000 in tourism development cash.

The rest of the funding is being met by the Harbour Commission.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Ken Skates, opens phase one - the new harbour decking area - on Wednesday.

The project also includes a new slipway, sea wall, visitor pontoon and dry boat racking facilities.

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Image caption The harbour dates to the 1800s when it was built to ship coal and iron ore from Wales

The harbour project is the first part of a £4m scheme to boost tourism and jobs in the town.

Mr Skates said: "Saundersfoot harbour has long been recognised as one of the jewels in the crown of Pembrokeshire.

"This development will help establish a reputation for the harbour as a high-quality international marine destination and make it an iconic tourism destination for Wales."

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