Porthcawl marina now officially opened

17 April 2014

The all-new Porthcawl Marina has received its official opening in Bridgend County Borough.

The coastal town's historic harbour has been completely transformed as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project and now features a new harbour gate with pedestrian footbridge, a permanent basin of water, an extension to its eastern breakwater and pontoon moorings for a mix of 70 leisure, commercial and visiting craft.

The EU-backed project has also included the refurbishment of the old harbour master's office and appointment of a permanent team of staff to oversee daily business at the busy marina.

With all berths fully allocated and a waiting list in operation, the marina is already proving to be a big success.

Local tourism is also benefitting from the new marina with news that advance moorings have been booked for visitors who are planning to visit forthcoming Porthcawl events such as the Senior Open golf tournament and this year's Elvis Festival.

Designed by the marine engineering division of Atkins in consultation with a harbour stakeholder group and constructed by BAM Nuttall, the new marina forms an important part of Bridgend County Borough Council's ongoing regeneration plans for the town.

The new marina also plays an important role within an ongoing partnership between the Welsh Government, Visit Wales and Swansea and Bridgend councils which is encouraging the development of on and off-shore facilities that promote the Welsh coast as a location for watersport activities as part of efforts to establish a Water Sports Centre of Excellence in the Porthcawl and Swansea Bay area.

Funding for the marina has been provided by the Coastal Tourism Project led by Visit Wales, the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

Deputy Leader David Sage, the council's spokesperson on regeneration, said: "This marks the completion of a significant landmark project in the regeneration of Porthcawl and the first step in the regeneration of the waterfront area.

"The harbour represents an important part of the town's history, and by upgrading and providing it with modern, refurbished facilities, we can ensure that it continues to fulfil this role in its new incarnation as Porthcawl Marina."

Council Leader Mel Nott added: "It's great to see that Porthcawl Marina is already doing really well. As we continue to regenerate the waterfront area, we'll be seeking to further enhance the marina's facilities and expand on its success.

"For example, we are currently liaising with developers over potential opportunities for bringing the nearby Grade II listed Jennings Building back into public use. This has taken a significant step forward to becoming a reality and we recently learned that our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a townscape heritage initiative in Porthcawl has been successful, with a grant of £524,900 being awarded for the entire programme.

"The delivery of Porthcawl Marina further emphasises our commitment towards the regeneration of the town as well as our ambition to develop Porthcawl as a 21st century seaside resort."

Minister for Finance Jane Hutt AM said: "I am delighted that we have been able to invest EU resources to support one of South Wales' most popular seaside resorts, helping to attract visitors to the town and in turn providing real and lasting economic benefits for area. This is another positive example of the benefits of EU Funds and our membership with the EU."

The opening of Porthcawl Marina was attended by Minister for Finance Jane Hutt AM, Carwyn Jones AM, Derek Vaughan MEP, Madeline Moon MP, Council Leader Mel Nott and Deputy Leader David Sage. Brendan Howlin, Ireland's Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, was also in attendance as a guest of Jane Hutt AM.

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