The Barry Island Eastern Promenade project has completed with the works making a much welcomed improvement to the seafront.
Handed over to the Vale of Glamorgan Council last week, the scheme provides new beach huts, toilet facilities and a traversing wall as well as renovation of the eastern shelter and new viewing platforms and footpaths. The former changing rooms, which have been vacant for many years have been converted into new toilet facilities and a new water mist feature in the shape of ammonite fossils sits on the promenade below a covered events area.
The 12 colourful beach huts run along the promenade commanding excellent views across Whitmore Bay. They are hoped to boost Barry Island's reputation as a traditional family seaside resort. Councillor Lis Burnett, the Vale of Glamorgan Council's cabinet member for regeneration, innovation, planning and transportation said: "The beach huts have been built in an effort to increase the attractiveness of the Eastern Promenade. Rental income will be put into the future regeneration of the Island, increasing its vitality. The huts will also provide an opportunity for some people to hire them for commercial use."
A stretch of the seafront hosts a 40-foot long traversing wall made out of thousands of recycled plastic shapes. The wall features the name of the island in both English and Welsh and can be read from the beach and promenade as well as from planes landing at Cardiff Airport. The wall has been configured for all ages and abilities; children can scale individual letters whilst advanced climbers can traverse the entire length. The wall was designed by Artist Gordon Young and is one of several large-scale public artworks he has created. Its design is inspired by the area's heritage and hidden in each letter is a word or phrase with local significance. Local school children helped to determine some of the shapes used for climbing holds and the colourful design is in part inspired by a toy shop that once stood on the site.
With the new Eastern Shelter now open to the public, the project team are extremely pleased with the outcome of what has been quite a challenging project, particularly with the difficult weather conditions experienced last winter.