The total package of regeneration works, which amounts to £692,000, also include design work to bring forward a number of schemes that will focus on improving Barry Island as a visitor destination for tourists and residents.The total package of regeneration works, which amounts to £692,000, also include design work to bring forward a number of schemes that will focus on improving Barry Island as a visitor destination for tourists and residents.
The works at Nell’s Point, which is due to start immediately, will create an events space to allow the Vale of Glamorgan Council and local community to host events and act as a focal point. A much needed temporary car-parking for local residents and visitors will also be constructed as part of the scheme.
The Minister said,
“This first phase of works marks the start of redeveloping the former Butlin’s site on Barry island which is integral to the overall regeneration of Barry.”
“It will have far-reaching benefits for the whole of Barry and the surrounding area by providing additional facilities for residents and day visitors .
“The work on Nell’s Point is the first phase response to bringing the site back into use but the real ambition here it to attract private sector investment for a multi use all weather attraction to the site.
“Barry has a great deal to offer in terms of 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 and the Welsh Government is helping to ensure both residents and visitors get the most out of the area’s resources.”
The schemes that the Minister has asked the Barry Regeneration Board to explore further include:
- improvements to Eastern Promenade and Eastern Pavillion;
- improvements to the Harbour Road Causeway gateway entrance into the Island;
- a scheme for Maslin Park;
- new street furniture proposal and a public arts strategy.
Vale Council Cabinet member for regeneration, innovation, planning and transportation, and chair of the Barry Regeneration Board, Cllr Lis Burnett, said,
“We’re delighted with the support Barry is receiving from the Welsh Government and look forward to seeing work start on the first of the new initiatives to regenerate the Island.”
Since 2010, the Welsh Government has committed £6.5m toward 35 projects in Barry including:
- £1.8m on upgrading indoor and outdoor leisure facilities i.e community centres and play areas;
- £1m of public realm improvements to Thompson street in Barry town centre to better connect the town and stimulate investment;
- £1.5m invested on the Innovation Quarter on Barry Waterfront – helping to secure a £7.5m, 68 job Premier Inn hotel and restaurant;
- £400,000 to improve wellbeing in disadvantaged areas providing safe street lighting in Gibbondown, and providing a resource centre in Holton Road.
Despite having houses developed on part of the site, the Nell’s Point headland has remained largely undeveloped since the holiday camp was demolished in 1997.
Barry Regeneration Board are responsible for overseeing the regeneration programme for the area.