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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.


Body found confirmed as missing teen

South Wales Police have confirmed that a body recovered from the sea off the coast of Fontygary this afternoon is that of missing teenager Hollie McClymont.

Forty officers dedicated to Hollie McClymont search

Forty officers have been dedicated to the ongoing search for missing teenager Hollie McClymont from Glasgow.

The 14-year-old, who was visiting South Wales with family and friends, was reportedly last seen getting into difficulties in the water at Barry Island.

Acting Superintendent Marc Lamerton told ITV News police are 'extremely concerned' but are actively pursuing all lines of inquiry for Hollie's safe return.

The coastguards' role in the search has now been scaled down with the investigation headed by South Wales Police, but they remain on standby.

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