At a meeting of the Regeneration Area Partnership Board, which was attended by Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis, the Vale of Glamorgan council was asked to develop proposals for a portfolio of strategic investment projects to develop the Barry Island resort, which includes proposals for developing the Nell’s Point area. This portfolio of projects will be the focus for the investment of the 2013/14 Barry RA budget of £3.3m.
Speaking after the meeting, the Minister said:
"Barry Island has the potential to be the jewel, not just of Barry's crown, but of the whole of South Wales in terms of attracting visitors from the local area and further afield. Its natural assets such as the Blue Flag beach at Whitmore Bay, Jackson's Bay and the stunning views from Nell's Point and Friar's Point are what attracted tourists to the area in the first place.
"The tourists of today however have different needs and this is why I am pleased that the Vale of Glamorgan Council has ambitious plans to redevelop the area into an all-year destination with indoor activities and that the Regeneration Board has agreed to make Barry Island a priority for 2013-14. Redeveloping the Island will have far-reaching benefits for the whole of Barry and the surrounding area by attracting both day visitors and those from further afield who will stay longer."
The Partnership Board is also encouraging people in Barry to think about how they could get involved in delivering a brighter future for the town. There will be opportunities to share ideas over the coming months.
The Chair of the Board, Cllr Lis Burnett, added:
"These are exciting times for Barry. People who live or work here know what a brilliant place it is. We want to share Barry Island with the rest of the UK and the world to create jobs and opportunities for local people. We look forward to discussing our ideas but more importantly, to hearing what local people, organisations and businesses would also like to do to help make Barry even better."