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Eastern promenade reopens at Porthcawl as regeneration work continues

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Work on the £6.4m scheme to defend Porthcawl from flooding and a potential rise in sea levels is making progress and recently saw the opening of the new-look Eastern Promenade.

Construction specialists Knights Brown have transformed the promenade area into a flat, easily accessible space with new planters and enhanced flood defences which blend into the overall design and run between Porthcawl Marina and Coney Beach.

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The next phase of the work will see this extended into Sandy Bay and as far as Rhych Point, where additional dune protection works will be upgraded.

Much of the work has focused upon the iconic Western Breakwater. As the internal structure of the 200-year-old breakwater still features its original wooden core, extensive renovation and refurbishment was required to ensure that it can continue to stand up to the tides and tough maritime weather conditions.

Councillor Neelo Farr, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “It is good to see how these improvements are starting to benefit the seafront area.

“The flood defence work is being jointly funded by Welsh Government and Bridgend County Borough Council as part of the Coastal Risk Management Programme.

“When complete, it will complement and enhance further regeneration developments, including at Salt lake and Cosy Corner, while protecting more than 500 homes, 170 businesses and assets and infrastructure worth millions of pounds.”

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(Lead image: Bridgend County Borough Council)

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