Bid to get Barry Island Pleasure Park restored by Easter

Barry Island Pleasure Park could be filled with rides and thrill seekers by Easter if plans to restore the theme park go ahead.

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Bid to get Barry Island Pleasure Park restored by Easter

In recent years the site has fallen into disrepair and it closed in September 2014 Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

It was once one of Wales' most popular seaside destinations. At its peak, the Barry Island Pleasure Park and beach attracted half a million visitors in just a weekend. But in recent years the park has fallen into disrepair.

Now there's new hope for the amusement park after a businessman launched a bid to restore the dilapidated site.

Henry Danter has announced a £20m plan to bring back the fairground rides and build new apartments. And he's hoping to get the first 10 rides up and running by April.

I have a lot of passion and love for it and it's sad to see it in the state it's in today but we are going to try and make it better than it's ever been.

– Henry Danter
Plans include a new 25,000 sq ft arcade Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Henry is currently in crucial talks and, if given the go ahead, he plans to start work on the site immediately.

The regeneration would include a 25,000 sq ft indoor arcade, shops and new fairground rides.

Once opened, the park would also create 10 local jobs, but more could follow as the site expands.

At its peak, Barry Island would attract nearly half a million in a weekend Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Henry Danter's family is familiar with the funfair industry with three generations in the business. He also has strong links to Barry Island, having visited the amusement park when he was a young boy.

I have had a lot of fun days spent in Barry from the time I was born. It was always a day to remember. It's a matter of knowing this park all my life, always having a love for Barry. Having a vision for it and when you see something that used to be so good turn into something so bad, it's a challenge.

– Henry Danter

Negotiations are still ongoing between Henry and relevant councils.

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