Minister's joy at sea front progress


Terry Canty

A MULTI-million pound project for Colwyn Bay is a vote of confidence in the town according to Wales’ First Minister.

Carwyn Jones visited The Waterfront Project on Tuesday, which includes a new coastal defence scheme, new water sports centre Porth Eirias and enhanced link from the town to the promenade, to see the latest developments.

Backed by funding from the Welsh Government through the North Wales Coast Regeneration Area Programme, Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Programme as well as the European Regional Development Fund, Porth Eirias itself will include outdoor and indoor shower facilities, changing rooms, shop, workshop and café / restaurant.

“This development is at the heart of the regeneration strategy for Colwyn Bay and the surrounding area,” said Mr Jones.

“It is a truly impressive development and provides an important link between the promenade and the town itself.

“It’s the result of partnership working between the Welsh Government including the Welsh European Funding Office, Conwy Council, and the local community.

“We’ve already seen the success which the EU-backed Parc Eirias development in the town has had – attracting major events such as the Six Nations Under 20s games for example – and this waterfront development will be a further boost for the Colwyn Bay area.

"The watersports centre will be a landmark building on the North Wales coast and a symbol of confidence in the area.”

Cllr Graham Rees, Conwy County Borough Council Cabinet Member, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the First Minister back to Colwyn Bay to see how work is progressing. Porth Eirias and the on-going coastal defence works are vital to the long term future of the town.

“We’ll have a bright, attractive and interesting seafront that everyone can enjoy.”

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