Funding available for Barry Island
9:01am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
THE Vale Council said it will consider its position in the ‘context of other funding bids’ – after the Welsh Government confirmed Barry could apply for Coastal Communities funding.
The Welsh Government said the popular seaside resort would be eligible for a share of the recently announced £1.55m pot available to Wales via the UK wide programme the Big Lottery Fund is delivering on behalf of HM Treasury.
Year one saw £1.15 million made available for Wales in 2012/13.
In year two £1.45 million was made available and in year three – 2014/15 - £1.55m will be available to applicants.
The Fund is designed to support the economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, so people are better able to respond to the changing economic needs and opportunities of their area.
Programme priorities for year two have been agreed and applications are now at stage two of the process. Successful bids will be announced at the end of September 2013.
Year three for 14/15 details are being considered and available early in the New Year.
Vale Council operational manager - countryside and economic projects, Bob Guy said: “The recent announcement addressed an extension into a further year and additional funding for such, it did not invite bids or open a bidding round, it only suggested authorities start to think about bids in preparation of when the next round opens.
“The Coastal Communities Fund website clearly states that the fund is closed for 2013, and the next round will open “in 2014”. When it does, and the criteria are known, we will consider our position in the context of other funding bids.
“The project submitted earlier this year for Coastal Communities Funding in Barry is now included in the recent £15m bid to Welsh Government for the new Vibrant & Viable Places grant.”
Barry Island cafe owner and Barry regeneration area board member, Marco Zeraschi, who suggested all-weather attractions for Nell’s Point – with the idea of a Welsh Lego Land – said: “How about linking the island to the town via the marina that is the dock as it is now?”
Barry adventurer John Haskell suggested an Eco Adventure Centre and Twitter user Michael Marks said: “A sea life centre or similar would be good as there aren't any local.”
Pride in Barry chairman and Barry regeneration board member Paul Haley said: “Every grant stone should be unturned to find the right funding to turn Barry Island into a major destination again.”
What 'wow', ambitious, innovative, project would you like to see an application made for at Barry Island?