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COSY CORNER: Plans for Porthcawl land move ahead

COSY CORNER: Plans for Porthcawl land move ahead

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Bridgend Council has agreed to invest around  £385,000 as part of its plan to create community facilites at Porthcawl’s ‘Cosy Corner’.

The council agreed to match £1 million of funding from the Welsh Government and appoint architects in order to move to the next stage of the project.

Cllr Richard Young, cabinet member for communities, said: “We have promised that there would be an iconic development on that site that would remain within the public realm and not simply be housing.

“I think this is the vehicle by which we can supply that for the people of Porthcawl. I’m looking forward to seeing the project going ahead.”

It is unknown what exactly the land will be used for in future but according to the council, possible options include:

  • A children’s play area
  • Outdoor performance space with seating
  • Facilities for local groups such as the Sea Cadets
  • Space for small businesses/start-ups
  • A coffee shop
  • Storage/changing facilities for people using Porthcawl Marina

In August 2019, the council gave Credu Charity Ltd a lease to build a £5.5m maritime centre on the Cosy Corner. Plans for the development included a coastal science and discovery centre, a cafe, wine bar, roof terrace and micro brewery.

The council reclaimed the land from Credu in November 2020 after the charity failed to confirm it had the funds to continue with the project.

The local authority plans to restore the Cosy Corner land after partially laid foundations and other materials were left there from the maritime development.

However, it did not have the funds to restore the site to a safe condition because it was not previously responsible for the land. The council is therefore seeking money from Visit Wales to sort it out.

Funding is available from Visit Wales but it will be far less than the amount required for a project as large as the maritime centre. Any money from Visit Wales would also need to be spent by March 2022, a time frame much shorter than that given for the maritime centre.

The council has submitted a bid for funding to Visit Wales and the Welsh European Funding Office via the Tourist Attractor Destination programme.

The total value of the project is £1,538,461, with a £1 million grant and a proposed match funding contribution from the council of £538,461. The match funding was proposed to combine £153,846 land value match and £384,615 direct match funding.

Janine Nightingale, corporate director for communities, said the council “would welcome the community’s input” into the project and there could be an exhibition held at the pavilion in the summer if it is allowed to open by then.

“We would love to show some designs and some options to the public,” she added.

Cllr Charles Smith, cabinet member for education and regeneration, said: “I think we’ve got rational plans there, ranging from simple restoration to something quite special for Porthcawl.

“This is an iconic site… hopefully we’ll get the best possible bang for our buck out of this initial investment.”

Words: Hannah Neary, Local Democracy Reporter


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