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Official opening of Porthcawl's new marina

Official opening of Porthcawl's new marina

Porthcawl waterfront

A new £3.2m marina has been opened at Porthcawl in Bridgend county, doubling the number of berths on the waterfront.

First Minister Carwyn Jones and finance Minister Jane Hutt attended the opening of the marina, which includes a new harbour gate and an extension to its eastern breakwater and pontoon moorings for 70 leisure, commercial and visiting craft.

The European Union-backed project has also includes the revamp of the old harbour master's office, while a new permanent team of staff will oversee daily business at the marina.

Tourism is also set to benefit with news that advance moorings have been booked for visitors planning to come to Porthcawl for the Senior Open golf tournament and the annual Elvis Festival.

Bridgend council's leader Mel Nott said: "It's great to see that Porthcawl marina is already doing really well.

"As we continue to regenerate the waterfront area, we'll be seeking to further enhance the marina's facilities and expand on its success.

"For example, we are currently liaising with developers over potential opportunities for bringing the nearby Grade II-listed Jennings building back into public use.

"This has taken a significant step forward to becoming a reality and we recently learned that our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a townscape heritage initiative in Porthcawl has been successful, with a grant of £524,900 being awarded for the entire programme," she stated.


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