More than £2 million of funding has been allocated to protect Porthcawl beach from potential future flooding.
The funds were announced yesterday by Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, in an effort to help reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion to homes and businesses at Porthcawl Town Beach.
The currently existing sea defences were constructed back in 1984, but a recent inspection found the structure to be in a deteriorating condition and coming to the end of its viable life.
The current defences protect several million pounds worth of homes and commercial properties along the Esplanade, including the Grand Pavilion and a number of other small shops.
When complete, the newly strengthened defences will reduce the risk of flooding and erosion from the sea to 260 properties.
The total amount of funding has been set at £2,299,146 and will enable works to be carried out to improve the defences.
The proposed defence improvements include the partial demolition of the existing structure and the replacement of the existing asphalt with a new terraced structure which will be surfaced in a sand colour in keeping with the responses from the public consultation.
The Cabinet Secretary said: “I am pleased to be able to provide this vital funding to strengthen sea defences in Porthcawl, which will provide reassurance to those who live and work in, or visit this popular tourist destination.
“We have invested unprecedented levels of funding in recent years and over the lifetime of this Government we will be investing over £144million capital funding in flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes around Wales.”
Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This significant investment from the Welsh Assembly is excellent news for Porthcawl, and will enable Bridgend County Borough Council to continue to protect the town centre and seafront area from flooding while also offering a more visually pleasing ‘terraced’ design for the sea defences.
“The contract for the work is currently being finalised, and I am looking forward to being able to reveal more details about the project very soon.”