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Coast & Country: Barry Island's redevelopment

On Coast & Country tonight Carl Edwards explores the regeneration of Barry Island.

Barry Island was once a bustling tourist destination. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

It was once the jewel in South Wales' crown, one of the busiest seaside towns in the UK, which at its peak attracted a quarter of a million visitors in just one weekend.

With its own Pleasure Park, a holiday camp and of course the beach, Barry Island was the place to be in South Wales. But in recent years many of us have seen that once famous island deteriorate into a forgotten resort.

Barry Island Pleasure Park is now re-opening. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

But regeneration is starting to affect the area, with the famous Pleasure Park re-opening and the development of the Barry Island beach huts - although these wont be ready until the summer.

"For a long time Barry Island was much neglected. People came in the summer months and it was a ghost town in the winter. But there's development going on so it's heartening to see Barry Island sort of, taking its rightful step again. People are beginning to invest in Barry Island and long may that continue"

– Mike Heffernan, Barry Island resident

Watch archive material from Barry Island over the years:

Catch Carl Edward's full report on the regeneration process to bring Barry Island back into centre stage on Coast & Country - tonight at 8.00pm on ITV Cymru Wales.