Bright future for Vale’s country parks

06 January 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will work to secure the future of its country parks by exploring opportunities for opening the popular attractions up to a range of new leisure activities, as part of a plan due to be considered by the authority’s cabinet in January.



The Council, which manages Cosmeston Lakes Country Park in Penarth, Porthkerry Country Park in Barry and a number of other countryside sites, will discuss proposals on Monday which set out how best to enhance what is currently on offer at these attractions and by doing so enable them to generate much needed income.


Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Our country parks and countryside sites have long proved popular with local residents and pivotal in attracting tourists to the Vale. If their appeal is to continue to grow, and they are to be sustainable in the current financial climate, then they must adapt to attract new visitors and enhance the experiences of existing users. 


“We have already restructured the staffing and management arrangements of our Countryside Service to ensure that costs are as low as possible. The next stage is to investigate how we can generate yet more income.



“Broadening the appeal of our countryside attractions will, we firmly believe, not only protect them for the future but also be the next step in establishing the Vale of Glamorgan as the premier tourist destination in South Wales. This is something that could bring huge benefits for the local economy and an opportunity that all involved are excited to explore.”


The authority plans to invite tenders to develop tourism and commercial opportunities at both of its country parks and the Cosmeston Medieval Village. It is anticipated that this could see the sites soon offering a range of outdoor pursuits, tourism events, weddings, and fayres and water based leisure activities.