Welsh Government funding for new Porthcawl sea defences

Last month there was good news for the people of Porthcawl when my colleague the Natural Resources Minister, Carl Sargeant AM, announced funding for a new flood defence scheme for the town. Funding of £2.25m has been allocated for the next financial year to replace Porthcawl’s current sea defences. When the work is complete, this will mean that over 260 properties along the seafront and main town will be further protected from coastal flooding.

The funding announced by the Welsh Government has been welcomed by Bridgend Council.  Cllr Hywel Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities, said “The current sea defence was put in place in 1984 to prevent erosion and reduce the chance of waves breaking over the top of the promenade. The asphalt has done a good job over the last 30 years, but as it needs increasing maintenance to continue to function effectively, we are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce a fresh new sea defence”.

The new design will feature a terraced revetment similar to those in other coastal towns across the UK. The project will not only build resilience to coastal flooding and climate change but also provide aesthetic improvements and better access to the foreshore.