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Barry Island Pleasure Park to reopen fairground this Easter weekend

A deal has been reached to give the keys to the Barry Island Pleasure Park to a local businessman after his bid to bring the park back to its former glory and reopen the park.

Henry Danter recently announced a £20 million plan to bring back the fairground rides and build new apartments.

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The park has fallen into disrepair in recent years but will be open again this Easter weekend. Credit: ITV Wales

In its heyday, it drew hundreds of thousands of people through its gates, but in recent years Barry Island Pleasure Park has fallen into disrepair.

A team of 25 workers are now working around the clock to restore part of the park in time for this Easter weekend where a funfair will be held.

At its peak, the Barry Island Pleasure Park and beach attracted half a million visitors in just a weekend. Credit: ITV Wales


Beach hut delay 'extremely frustrating'

The beach huts had originally been earmarked for public hire, but it is feared that income will be lost for this season due to the delay in completion.

The work being undertaken by contractors WRW on the eastern promenade has slipped beyond the intended completion date.

This is extremely frustrating for the Vale of Glamorgan Council and a disappointment to all of those with an interest in the project. We are however confident that the works, when completed, will be a huge boost to Barry Island as a destination.

The interest in the scheme has been phenomenal and this bodes well for the future of the island.

– Rob Thomas, Vale of Glamorgan Council

WRW the contractors working on the beach huts say the delay has been caused by a number of factors including poor weather over the winter, which led to the need for specialist rock anchors to be installed to the cliff.

We are working closely with the council to mitigate the effects of these delays and to expedite the completion of the remaining works.

We are extremely proud to be involved in the regeneration of Barry Island, breathing new life into the promenade for current and future generations to enjoy.

– David Harris, managing director WRW contractors

Barry Island beach hut project delayed by storms

The huts are part of a multi-million pound regeneration project Credit: ITV News

Beach huts on Barry Island's seafront won't be ready by the summer deadline, the council behind the project has said.

The huts are part of a multi-million pound Welsh Government-funded scheme to regenerate Barry Island's eastern side.

Earlier this year, the Vale of Glamorgan Council opened consultation on how the huts should be used.They were supposed to be completed by this month, but the project has failed to meet its second completion deadline.

Beach huts 'new venture' for council

The beach huts will be available for public hire from July. Vale of Glamorgan Council is asking people to take part in the consultation via Twitter and Facebook.

This is a new venture for the council and it is intended that the beach huts will be hired to members of the public on a daily basis for the vast majority of the time.However we also want to see the beach huts being used, on occasion, to house stalls for local traders and to provide a space for craft fairs or other similar events during the summer.

– Cllr Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council.


Council seeks ideas for Barry Island beach huts

The council intends to 'pilot' the beach huts for the first 12 months Credit: Vale of Glamorgan Council

Vale of Glamorgan Council is asking the public for suggestions on how best to use the newly constructed beach huts at Barry Island, which are due to open this summer.

As part of the work to regenerate the Island's Eastern Promenade, the council is constructing two sets of brightly coloured beach huts.

One set of larger huts will be located near the eastern shelter, with a second further along the promenade near the new water feature and toilet block.

Details of how visitors, businesses or residents can hire one will be discussed at a Scrutiny meeting this week.

Plans for Barry Butlin's Blue Plaque

Butlin's "defined Barry Island in the 1960's and 70's." Credit: General/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

A Blue Plaque could be erected to commemorate the former Butlin's site on Barry Island.

The call comes from Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Richard Bertin who says a request was made to him from former workers who asked that the camp "should not be forgotten."

The cost will be met by former employees but a permanent site for the plaque has yet to be identified.

The Barry Island camp was the last-built in the holiday empire and opened in 1966. It closed 30 years later.

Jane Hutt praises 'exemplary' Hollie McClymont searchers

The rescue services and the police have been exemplary in their commitment in the search and support for the family.

But this is devastating news and our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the parents of Hollie McClymont for the loss of their beloved daughter in this tragic accident.

– Jane Hutt, Vale of Glamorgan AM
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