Barry regeneration area scrapped
9:20am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
BARRY is set to be wound up as a regeneration area after the Welsh Government announced it would make improvements by targeting fewer areas.
The Welsh Government this week announced £30m would be available to turn around rundown coastal communities, town centres and Communities First areas.
Barry has two Communities First areas – Gibbonsdown and Court and Castleland.
The new policy – Vibrant and Viable Places – will see partnerships of councils, public services, voluntary groups and businesses bid for funding.
Vale Council cabinet member for regeneration, innovation, planning and transportation, Cllr Lis Burnett, said that positive work undertaken by the Barry Regeneration Area Board recently put Barry in an extremely positive position when it comes to the next round of regeneration funding.
She said: “The board has only last month committed funding to further regenerate Barry Island and the next 12 months promises to be an exciting time.
“The council is looking to work with the board and all with an interest in the town to submit a strong bid by October of this year.
“I am confident that the work undertaken in Barry, and continued private sector interest, means that we have a very realistic prospect of success.”