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More cash earmarked for coastal repairs

The Welsh Government has today announced a further £855,000 to make sure Wales is ready for the tourist season, following the damaging Winter storms in December and January.

Some of the money will be allocated to areas of the Wales Coast Path that were significantly affected by the bad weather.

Aberystwyth will also benefit from a £310,000 boost.

We want to support communities who were hit by the recent bad weather in whatever way we can. We have already announced over £10m for emergency flood repairs, to restore damaged coastal areas and to help affected businesses.

By providing this extra funding for the Wales Coast Path and the regeneration of Aberystwyth we can make sure that people keep coming to Wales to enjoy everything it has to offer.

– Jane Hutt, Finance Minister

Wales gets ready for tourist season after damaging Winter storms

Porthcawl was battered by winter storms earlier this year Credit: PA

Funding of £855,000 has been announced today to help make sure Wales is prepared for the tourist season, following the winter storms.

The Wales Coast Path, which welcomes nearly three million visitors every year, will receive £545,000, so that areas of the path that were damaged during the bad weather in December and January can be repaired in time for summer.

This funding will be available to the 17 local authorities that were the worst hit.

Aberystwyth, one of the areas hardest hit by the January storms, will also benefit from a £310,000 allocation to restore the promenade and get the area back to business.

The funding will be used to replace damaged lighting, railings and street furniture like benches, bins and flag poles.

The promenade sea wall will also be repaired and repointed.

Today's announcement takes the total funding to over £10 million to help coastal areas which suffered from the wettest winter on record.

See more: In pictures: the storm damage across Wales so far.


Porthcawl Christmas swim attracts record numbers

Many swimmers took part in fancy dress Credit: Amie Lipley / Owen Richards

More swimmers than ever braved the cold at Porthcawl to take part in the annual Christmas morning swim.

Organisers say over 1000 bathers took the plunge and over 2,000 spectators were there to cheer them on.

Swim Chairman, Nicola Willis says, 'As a small committee we are delighted the way we have been supported once again this year. Our beneficiaries this year will be local charities and organisations."


Christmas day swim underway

last year more than 900 hundred swimmers took part Credit: ITV news

The 49th Christmas morning swim is underway in Porthcawl.

Between 800 and 900 swimmers, many in fancy dress, are being cheered on by thousands of spectators.

The events' Chairman, Nicola Willis, says , “this year the ‘Swim’ committee have chosen to donate all money collected at the swim and via swimmers sponsorship to local charities and organisations."

Man's body found in Porthcawl

An investigation has been launched after a body was found in Porthcawl. Police were called to Victoria Ave just before 8:30 this morning. The body of a male, believed to be 58 years old was found.

No formal identification of the body has taken place and police aren't treating the find as suspicious. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the next of kin.

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