Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Members have pledged their support to Burry Port Harbor by investing over £2m in the improvement and maintenance works.
Under this plan, sand dredging will be increased along the approach channel and accessible areas of the outer harbor basin ahead of the summer season when the harbor is at its busiest.
This will increase usage and enable the harbor to be central to the regeneration of the area, the council said.
The council’s executive board member for leisure, Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “Burry Port Harbor attracts hundreds of visitors every week and we are very proud to have such a wonderful facility as part of our Millennium Coastal Park. Our decision today will demonstrate our commitment to the harbor that will support its future as a working marina and major tourist attraction.”
Carmarthenshire Council leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “Investment in Burry Port Harbor will support the wider regeneration for the area and will provide a real incentive for businesses looking to invest in the area. I am delighted that this administration has been able to deliver the long term investment that Burry Port has always needed.”
A major silt dredge of the inner harbor costing £750k is included in the planned improvements. Historically, the harbor has always filled with silt and has to be removed every 10-20 years.
Repairs to the listed harbor walls totaling £1.94m will be phased over a 5 to 10-year period.
Works will be carried out on a priority basis with officers also exploring grant opportunities for funding.