Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Economy & Environment): 16th July 2013


Report of the Director of Development Services


Barry Island:  Installation of Blue Plaque Commemorating the Former Butlin's Holiday Campsite


Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to consider a request to site a blue plaque on Barry Island commemorating the former Butlin's holiday camp.  


1.             That the content of the report be noted.

2.             That further consideration be given to the request for commemorating the former holiday camp as part of ongoing regeneration work planned for Barry Island under the Regeneration Area Programme for this financial year.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             The report is for noting.

2.             To ensure that appropriate consideration is given to the request to site a blue plaque on Barry Island.


2.             The Barry Island Butlin's holiday camp opened in 1966 and closed as a Butlin's site in 1986, although it continued to operate under the Majestic brand until 1996.  The Butlin holiday camp site is fondly remembered by many and is an important part of local history.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             A request for consideration has been received from Councillor Richard Bertin who has been approached by former Red Coats and employees who would like to install, at their cost, a blue plaque on the site of the former Butlin's holiday camp, commemorating its existence.  It is understood that blue plaques have been installed at other former Butlin holiday camp locations.

4.             Councillor Richard Bertin has also requested that both Mr. Steve Slocombe from Welsh Government and Mr. Steu Kingsley-Iness be invited to speak at the Scrutiny Committee on this matter.  Councillor Bertin has also requested that the Mayor be invited to unveil the blue plaque if permission is granted.

5.             As Members of this committee are aware, there are significant regeneration proposals currently being detailed for Barry Island and these are being funded by the Barry Regeneration Fund.  It would therefore seem to be entirely appropriate to consider a request to commemorate the former site of the Butlins Holiday Camp and those who worked at the site as part of the on going regeneration proposals.  Indeed, this was a remark made by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation at Council on the 13th May, following a question from Councillor Bertin.

6.             In essence therefore, it would be premature to install a plaque at this time, given that the Regeneration Programme for 2013/14 will consider proposals for a range of interventions at Barry Island, including a consideration of public realm enhancements and applications for public art and interpretation.  Clearly, references to the history of the Island may well figure in the proposals.  Given that the Barry Island Holiday Camp figures heavily in recent local history, it is therefore appropriate that this request to commemorate the camp be considered alongside a consideration of wider public art, interpretation and public realm enhancements.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.             There are no resource implications in considering means of commemorating the former Butlin's holiday campsite as part of ongoing regeneration work.  The actual provision of plaques or other means of commemoration will need to be considered as part of the regeneration budget.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             The works currently being planned for the former holiday campsite at Barry Island have carefully considered the sustainability and climate change implications.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             There are no legal implications associated with this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        There are no crime and disorder implications associated with this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        It is understood that any means of commemoration if installed will be bi-lingual.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        Tourism is a corporate priority for the Council, as is regeneration of Barry Island.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This is a matter for executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        Both Ward Members have been consulted on the content of this report.  Councillor Bertin has indicated that he had hoped that a permanent site could be found to install the plaque without delay, especially as the installation of a plaque would be at no cost to the Council.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Dave Knevett, Operational Manager, Leisure and Tourism.  Tel 01446 704817.


Officers Consulted

Legal Services (Committee Reports)

Principal Accountant

Tourism and Marketing Manager

Major Project Manager

Principal Landscape Architect

Arts Development Officer


Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services