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Beaches in the Vale of Glamorgan have been given the all-clear following a dog poisoning scare.
Earlier this week the council warned pet owners to keep their dogs off the coastline after reports that some had become sick after walking on Whitmore Beach.
The council says an investigation found no evidence that the water and surrounding coastal areas posed any risk to animals or humans.
Water tests found no contaminants in the water. Both beaches will now be raked and cleaned as a precautionary measure.
Vale of Glamorgan Council is now advising all visitors that there is no evidence of any of risk to dogs on the beaches and "looks forward to welcoming dog walkers back to the sands".
Warning signs put-up earlier this week will now be removed.
Tests are being carried out after reports that a number of dogs have become unwell after being walked on the beach at Barry Island.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council says it is checking water samples at Whitmore Bay and inspecting the beach to identify whether any substance may have washed up as a result of recent heavy rain.
The authority is liaising with local vets and National Resources Wales as part of its investigation.
As a temporary measure the council is advising dog owners to keep pets off the beaches along the Vale’s coastline until any possible risk to animals has been identified.
The council says there is no evidence to suggest any risk to humans.
Owners of dogs that have become unwell after visiting on the Vale’s beaches, or who have any further information, are asked to contact the council.
A teenager swimmer has been pulled from the sea at Barry Island and flown by helicopter to hospital.
The RNLI says the boy was pulled from the water by a lifeguard at Whitmore Bay moments before he went underwater.
The teenager was one of two who got into difficulty and went out of their depth swimming near Nells Point at the eastern end of the beach.
RNLI lifeguards were alerted to the swimmers in danger at about 12.45pm.
RNLI lifeguard Rhydian Price paddled out on a rescue board. One of the teenagers had managed to return to shallower water by the time he got to the scene, but the second had taken on water and was close to going under.
Both casualties were taken by a rescue helicopter to the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.
This incident highlights the importance of always swimming in the red and yellow flagged areas at lifeguarded beaches, where our fully trained lifeguards are on hand to provide safety advice and assistance.
Have you ever thought of owning your very own slice of paradise? Well, now you can, because Barry Island is up for sale.
The resort, at Nell's Point, is on the market as part of ongoing work to regenerate the area.
The successful buyer would get the much-loved resort site, which is currently being used as a temporary car park, and the adjacent Grade II Listed toilet block.
Agents are expecting a lot of interest.
These two sites are arguably one the best opportunities available for a leisure and tourism development in South Wales. Both enjoy panoramic views across the region’s premier sandy beach, Whitmore Bay, and are just a short trip from Cardiff, Wales’ capital city.
The sites are offered for sale by informal tender and the sites can be purchased individually or together. The deadline for tender submissions is 30 September 2015.
The RAF Red Arrows have confirmed on their twitter page that their display, which was due over Barry Island this afternoon, has been cancelled.
Event Organiser John Buxton said that due to adverse weather conditions, the team had been unable to fly to the area and perform within their allotted airspace window.
The aircraft were due to feature as part of the 'Barry at War' event.
Mr Buxton said he was "immensely disappointed" the display could not go ahead, but stated that if weather conditions improve, and if air traffic authority is granted, there may be a fly past over Barry today sometime during the mid-afternoon.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.