Porthcawl Town Beach Sea Defence Scheme

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to welcome his colleague the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths AM to his Bridgend constituency recently to officially open the new coastal sea defence at Porthcawl Town Beach. On a very wet and windy day, the minister officially unveiled a plaque and an information board about the new scheme.

The work has been possible thanks to Welsh Government funding which has provided three quarters of the cost of the scheme with the remainder coming from Bridgend Council.

Mr Jones said “It was a pleasure to attend the official opening and to see the completed work on the sea defences. I had visited the site a year ago to view progress and it is good to see that the work has been completed on time and on budget. We can’t hide from climate change and the strengthened sea defences will reduce the risk of flooding and erosion from the sea to about 260 seafront properties providing reassurance to those residents and visitors to the town.

“It is good to see that what is there now is more visually attractive than before. The not so affectionately termed ‘tarmac beach’ divided opinion and was certainly a talking point. There was even a mention in dispatches on the BBC One programme, Coast. With the old sea defences coming to the end of their natural life, it was a good opportunity to construct and design a new flood defence scheme which we now have. Indeed, the new strengthened sea defences will ensure that Porthcawl will remain a safe, viable and attractive place to live, work in and to visit and provide much stronger flood protection for years to come.”