Beach huts which were due to be ready on Barry Island now won't be built in time for the start of the summer.
They're part of a £3 million regeneration scheme to improve the area. The Contractors, WRW, along with the Vale of Glamorgan council, say poor weather over the winter has been a major factor in the delays, as Megan Boot reports.
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.
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.
To address concerns, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is investing £2.4 million on nurses, equipment and increased capacity.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
The buildings, which are still under construction, form part of the regeneration of the eastern side of the promenade.Read the full story ›
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.
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.