Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 15th October, 2012
Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and
Pedestrian Access to Llantwit Major Beach
Purpose of the Report
1. To update
Cabinet on progress with the funding application to construct a new
concrete slipway on the Llantwit Major beach foreshore to enable
safer access to the beach.
1. That Cabinet
note the current position.
2. That a further
report be presented to Cabinet when the grant position is
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. To ensure that
Cabinet are kept up to date on this matter.
2. To review
progress with this project and to schedule the construction works
if the grant application is successful.
2. Llantwit Major
beach (Cwm Colhuw) was once a busy bathing beach popular with both
locals and visitors to the Vale. The beach has always
featured a mix of sandy areas and large rocks, which were mostly
firmly located in the sand, but over recent years the amount of
loose stone material on the foreshore has greatly increased.
3. This issue has
been exacerbated somewhat by the shape of the large rock armour sea
defences constructed to protect the Surf Lifesaving Building.
The defences effectively creating a focal point for the collection
of the excessive loose stone material, which is now concentrated at
the base of the current pedestrian ramp.
4. This loose
material has to be crossed before access can be gained to the sand
or even the more stable larger rock areas and this is very
problematic, particularly for the elderly, the infirm and visitors
with small children. Effectively this issue denies suitable
beach access to large numbers of the local community and
5. A number of
surveys have been undertaken of the area over recent years aimed at
providing a solution to this public access problem, and action to
remove the loose stone materials from the base of the access ramp
has been undertaken on many occasions. However, due to the
tidal action and the shape of the rock armour defence this work has
only ever been of limited success.
considered a report on 18th April 2012 which detailed the work of
the local Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, who wished to apply for a
'Splash' grant from the Environment Agency Wales to build a new
pedestrian access to the beach (Minute C1711 refers).
Cabinet resolved as follows:
(1) THAT the Director of Environmental and
Economic Regeneration, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for
Visible and Building Services, be authorised to enter into an
Agreement with the Llantwit Major Surf Lifesavers Club for the
Council to arrange construction of a new slipway subject to the
Surf Lifesavers Club successfully obtaining a sufficient amount to
provide a suitable slipway, and the Council obtaining an
appropriate lease from the Crown Estates.
(2) THAT the Director of Legal, Public
Protection and Housing Services, in consultation with the Director
of Finance, ICT and Property and the Cabinet Member for Visible and
Building Services, be authorised to enter into an appropriate lease
with Cooke & Arkwright, Agents for Crown Estates, in respect of
the land upon which the slipway was proposed to be built, subject
to the Surf Lifesavers Club successfully obtaining a sufficient
amount to provide a suitable slipway.
(3) THAT the Llantwit Major Surf Lifesavers
Club be awarded a grant of £10,000 towards the costs of
constructing the slipway subject to the balance of funding required
being obtained from the Llantwit Major Surf Lifesavers
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure that a sufficient guarantee of
payment is in place and that any construction is appropriate and to
the required engineering standards.
(2) To ensure that suitable terms and
conditions are agreed with Crown Estates with regard to the
construction and ownership of the proposed new slipway.
(3) To assist the Llantwit Major Surf
Lifesavers Club in funding the construction of the proposed new
slipway should their grant application be successful.
Relevant Issues and Options
7. This project is
currently dependent on the Llantwit Major Surf Lifesaving Club
obtaining the necessary permissions from both Crown Estates as the
landowner, and the Environment Agency Wales, as the proposed new
construction would run parallel to the river line.
8. The Club also
has to be awarded the £25k 'Splash' grant in order to release the
Council's funding contribution of £10k.
9. Officers have
been in discussion with an official of the Club this month and he
has advised that their initial 'expression of interest' for the
project was favourably received by the Environment Agency Wales,
though the proposal is still subject to funding between Welsh
Government and the Environment Agency Wales for 2013 / 2014.
The official further advised that the result of the application
should be known in November 2012. At which time more detailed
plans for the construction would be submitted to the Environment
advised in the previous Cabinet report, should all permissions be
forthcoming and the grant funding be received, the Council's
Highway Maintenance Team will design and construct the new access,
similar to a scheme they recently successfully completed at Ogmore,
for the Pen y Bont Surf Life Savers Club.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate
Change, if appropriate)
Council's initial financial commitment to this scheme is £10k and
this will be made available from the 'small grants fund'.
addition, Visible Services will set aside a revenue sum of up to
£5k per annum for ongoing maintenance of the new access.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
13. It is
hoped that a new beach access will assist in regenerating Llantwit
Major beach as a visitor and recreational attraction.
Increased visitor numbers will assist the local economy and in
particular the on site café and ice cream parlour. Also,
safety of beach users will be improved by reducing the risk of
injuries that could be caused by walking over loose stone material
and providing the Surf Life Saving Club with easier access to the
sea for rescue situations.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
advised in the previous report of 18th April 2012, there will be a
need to enter into formal lease agreement with the land owners for
construction and maintenance of the slipway. Should the
slipway be adopted the Council will be liable for ensuring the
safety of all users but there would be no greater implications than
exist on the Council’s current operational slipways in Sully,
Penarth or Barry.
Crime and Disorder Implications
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language
improvements to the current access arrangements will increase
opportunities for less able citizens to gain access to the sea and
sand areas of the beach.
Corporate priority: To work with partners to develop a
sustainable community with maximises opportunities for economic
growth, social improvement and environmental regeneration and
Improvement Objective 3: Promote through partnership working
greater co-operations that deliver services in the Vale, thereby
improving the quality of life of its citizens.
R14: Implement a Strategy for Tourism, Marketing and Events
to encourage visitors to the Vale.
Policy Framework and Budget
report is within the Policy Framework and Budget.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
21. No local
Member consultation has been necessary with this report as it is
well known that all local Members are in favour of improving access
to the beach at Llantwit Major and have been for some considerable
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
Colin Smith - Works Manager
Tel: 02920 673 223
Operational Manager, Legal Services
Accountant, Visible Services and Housing
Miles Punter - Director of Visible Services