Am­bi­tious £4m plan for tourism boost

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

A POP­U­LAR tourist vil­lage has been awarded £4 mil­lion to trans­form it into an in­ter­na­tional coastal cen­tre.

There are am­bi­tious plans to build a new marine cen­tre of ex­cel­lence and coastal storm cen­tre, a state-of-the-art her­itage and arts cen­tre and a coastal schooner ex­pe­ri­ence at Saun­der­s­foot, Pem­brokeshire.

The EU fund­ing, which was an­nounced on Novem­ber 1, will turn the fish­ing har­bour into a must-see des­ti­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to Saun­der­s­foot Har­bour.

Work has al­ready been com­pleted on a new na­tional events deck, which formed phase one of the plans. The new 4,000-seater am­phithe­atre was un­veiled on the har­bour in Septem­ber 2018.

Now that fund­ing is con­firmed, Saun­der­s­foot Har­bour will press on with plans to start phase two. Some of the pro­pos­als still re­quire plan­ning per­mis­sion, but the mas­ter­plan sets out three key de­vel­op­ments: Marine Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence and Storm Cen­tre; Ocean Square her­itage and arts cen­tre; and a Coastal Schooner Cen­tre.

Saun­der­s­foot Har­bour was orig­i­nally built in 1834 as a coal ex­port­ing har­bour.

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