Urgent by reason of the need to progress the matter in view of the funding issues involved and to demonstrate good progress by mitigating any undue delay
Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 15TH OCTOBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 9TH OCTOBER, 2012
“ PROPOSALS TO AID THE REGENERATION OF BARRY ISLAND (DDS) –
The report considered the strategic context for the proposals, together with the funding opportunities and timescales available to deliver the proposals and the revenue implications for such proposals.
The Director informed the Scrutiny Committee that Barry Island exhibited significant landscape and townscape features that gave it a distinctive sense of place and which could contribute materially to the broader character and identity of the town. The Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board had also prioritised the delivery of a substantial legacy project for Barry Island in 2013/14. The report before Committee detailed the next stage to develop the concept plan together with funding implications and timescales for delivery in relation to Nell’s Point. The legacy it was noted deserved to be preserved and enhanced through the conservation and adaptation of period buildings, surviving relict structures and improvements to public spaces. The following options aimed to address the declining condition of the public realm and to reinvigorate key sites. Indicative plans and photographs of the proposals were displayed at the meeting for illustration purposes for Members’ information.
The options considered were :
a) Eastern Promenade - This was an important resort feature which required substantial public realm improvements including repairs and alterations to existing structures with re-surfacing, improved lighting and seating. The condition of the promenade had increasingly deteriorated and viewed from the west appeared derelict and uninviting. The whole area required urgent attention to provide a more suitable setting for the Nell’s Point site and future visitor attractions. The aim was to reconnect the promenade with the land above and extend the seafront character of the resort along the full length of the beach to exploit its unique setting. This approach it was reported would encourage greater access and appreciation of Nell’s Point headland, the refurbished Coastwatch Station and Jackson’s Bay which were key visitor destinations to the east.
b) Harbour Road Causeway – As a key gateway route this could be substantially improved by a co-ordinated approach to the public realm including new street lighting, road surfacing and boundary improvements. Provision of a segregated cycleway the Director advised would be assessed to provide a safer environment for cyclists and also to promote Barry Island as a destination in the context of National Link 88 of the Sustrans route.
c) Footpath improvements and interpretation - Key footpath routes would benefit from re-surfacing with finger posts and interpretation located at arrival points. Improved lighting using LED lanterns could result in significant energy savings as well as creating a more welcoming environment. Members were advised that the provision of such lighting would be explored further during the design and feasibility stages.
d) Street furniture - A new suite of co-ordinated furniture was proposed across the Island to include new shelters, seating, railings, bollard, bins, cycle stands. Hereto it was noted that amenity and Highway lighting could also be upgraded together with tourist information signage and opportunities for public art explored to further enhance the public realm..
e) Enabling works Nell’s Point site - Enabling works such as breaking out and crushing concrete building slabs, grading to even contours and spreading the aggregate would benefit the site for future development. This would also provide an overflow parking option with scope for hosting events in the interim and pending the bringing back of the site to a permanent beneficial use.
It was noted that the engineering and building works described above would require planning consent and in order to minimise impact and disruption to the tourism trade these works would need to be carried out between September 2013 and March 2014. .
Cadw would also be consulted at an early stage to agree the scope of the improvement proposals and to discuss any potential funding support. Listed Building consent would be required for repairs to the former conveniences and as the Eastern Shelter and the Eastern Promenade lay within the wider Barry Marine Conservation Area the Countryside Council for Wales would need to be consulted as part of the site lies within the Barry Island geological SSSI.
Members welcomed the report in particular the proposals suggested in order to enhance the area. However, during its consideration Councillor C.J. Williams, on behalf of one of the local Ward Members, requested that an audit be undertaken of the “toy factory” area with a view to assessing its future suitability for use, that a feasibility study be undertaken to consider widening the causeway for a regeneration project and that an holistic development and regeneration of the Island be considered to include a study regarding accessing Jackson’s Bay via the Waterfront. Members of the Scrutiny Committee in considering the suggestions stated that as discussed under the previous agenda item, officers had advised an audit would be undertaken in respect of Barry Island. With regard to the other two requests Members were of the view that considerable discussion and further information on the issues would be required and agreed that the request for consideration of matter procedure was the appropriate route for such discussion to take place. Councillor Williams however, requested that “the recommendations” be put to the vote and as there was no seconder no vote was taken.
The Director of Development Services took the opportunity to also advise Members that there would be further opportunities to consider the Master Plan and the key works suggested, at future meetings resulting in further consultation for options and ideas to be put forward.
Having full regard to the information presented by the Director, the officers at the meeting and the detail contained within the report, it was subsequently
(1) T H A T the report be endorsed and the same referred to Cabinet for consideration.
(2) T H A T Cabinet be requested to consider approving the regeneration options at Barry Island as outlined within the report.
(3) T H A T external consultancy services be appointed to provide initial design and costings in accordance with Minute No. C1783.
(4) T H A T a further report be submitted to Cabinet to confirm the outcome of feasibility works and discussions relating to the development options for Nell’s Point and the regeneration options for Barry Island as contained within the report.
(5) T H A T opportunities to attract additional match funding for the regeneration options be explored.
(6) T H A T a further report on the progress of the proposals to aid the regeneration of Barry Island be presented to the Scrutiny Committee in six months.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) In order that the views of the Committee are forwarded to Cabinet together with the report for Cabinet consideration.
(2) To facilitate further feasibility and design work.
(3) To facilitate the implementation of the project and provide sufficient lead-in time should funding opportunities arise.
(4) To apprise Cabinet of progress and to seek approval as required for a funding application under the Barry Regeneration Area programme 2013/14.
(5) To maximise the benefits of regeneration to Barry Island.
(6) In order that the Scrutiny Committee can consider the progress to date.
NB: Councillor C.J. Williams tendered apologies on behalf of the Ward Members of Baruc stating that they were unable to be present at the meeting for items 7 and 8.”
Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 9th October, 2012