Work begins on £3m promenade overhaul
12:01pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
THE £3m facelift of Barry Island's Eastern Promenade began this week, in what the Vale council hopes will provide a "boost to investment" in the area.
Plans for the revamped promenade include the renovation of the Eastern Shelter, a new water feature in the shape of ammonite fossils and a variety of beach huts for use as either market stalls for local artists and traders or for visitors to hire.
There will also be improvements made to walkways, providing better access to the beach, and the disused changing area will be converted into a new toilet facility.
Speaking about the work, which began on Monday, October 28, council leader Neil Moore said: "We believe this is the beginning of a great future for Barry Island.
"We are committed to improving the visitor experience at the Island and the work on the Eastern Promenade is an example of how we're improving the resort for the benefit of the town and the Vale as a whole.
“We hope that when the works are completed, around next March, they will provide a boost to investment on the Island."
Mr Moore said that he believes the regeneration will boost interest from developers for the Nell's Point site, which is being marketed until January 2014.
During the redevelopment there will be no public access to the area although the Clement Colley Way footpath will remain open.