National Coast Watch Institution (NCI) Lookout Station, Porthcawl

In May 2016, Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to have been invited to attend the official opening of the NCI Lookout Station in Porthcawl. The Lookout Station operates out of the grade II listed Old Pilot Lookout Tower which was built in 1870. It has undergone significant restoration.

This has been possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery, Bridgend County Borough Council, Cadw and NCI through the Porthcawl Townscape Heritage Initiative.

NCI volunteers keep watch primarily at weekends but hope to extend their surveillance as more volunteers are trained as watchkeepers.

Mr Jones said “It is fantastic to see the Lookout Tower restored to its former glory and being used to play an important role in coastal safety. I know that the watchkeepers will certainly be a welcome presence for people who visit and use our coastline for business and pleasure.”

(Photo: Bob Phillips, BCBC)