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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

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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.

Emergency services attend Vale of Glamorgan incident

There are reports of a number of emergency service vehicles attending an incident in the Vale of Glamorgan.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has said crews from Cowbridge, Barry and Ely have been dispatched to a collision involving two cars at St Hilary.

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RTC at Tair Onen, St Hilary. Crews from Cowbridge, Barry & Ely attending. #SWControl KA

'Still much to do' to improve services, says health board

The health board says it has taken 'immediate action' to ensure heart patients most in need are seen. These measures include:

  • recruiting extra medical and nursing staff
  • introducing weekend working
  • ring-fencing surgical beds
  • replacing critical cardiac theatre equipment
  • using services elsewhere to tackle long heart surgery waiting lists.

There has been an incredible amount of work to improve surgical services over the last year and things have moved on considerably.

However, we do know what there is still much to do and we are only at the start of delivering our ambitious proposals.

– Dr Graham Shortland, Cardiff and Vale Health Board Medical Director

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£2.4m to help tackle surgical waiting lists

The health board is investing £2.4million in cutting its surgical waiting lists Credit: UWE ANSPACH/dpa

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is investing £2.4million to tackle surgical waiting lists.

The health board plans to increase the number of heart surgery procedures carried out each year to 1,000.

It hopes that number will rise to 1,300 with additional medical and nursing staff and cardiac intensive care beds.

Concerns were raised over surgical services at the board's hospitals last year. A team from the Royal College of Surgeons recently visit the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and noted that while there was substantial work to do, improvements had already been made.

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.

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