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Come to Barry Riviera; Proposal to regenerate the resort.

Byline: Peter Collins

THE prospect of turning Barry Island into the "Welsh Riviera" has moved a step forward with the release of a package of proposals to breathe new life into the resort.

The Come to the Barry Riviera campaign by the Pride in Barry group was launched last May to promote the resort as a "place offering sun, sand, sea, surfing and sailing".

Now, a programme drawn up by Vale of repairs to the Grade II-listed Eastern Shelter.

Improvement work has also been recommended on the Causeway, the only access onto the Island for vehicles.

The regeneration proposals come as detailed work continues on plans to build the only aquarium in Wales at Nell's Point.

Depending on the progress of the Nell's Point scheme, the Eastern Promenade and Causeway project would be financed by the remaining PS3.3m left in the Wales Government-backed Barry Regeneration Area Project Development Fund.

Consultants are now to be brought in to look at designs and costings for developments which could include boutique shops, cafes and other attractions.

Rob Thomas, the council's director of development services, said: "Barry Island exhibits significant landscape and townscape features that give it a distinctive sense of place and contribute materially to the broader character and identity of the town.

"This legacy deserves to be preserved and enhanced through conservation and adaptation of period buildings, surviving structures and improvements to public spaces."

He continued: "The condition of the Eastern Promenade has increasingly deteriorated and, viewed from the west, appears derelict and uninviting.

"The aim is to reconnect the promenade with the land above and extend the seafront character of the resort along the full length of the beach to exploit its unique setting."


| It is hoped regenerating Barry Island resort will help to boost tourism in the seaside town

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 11, 2012
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