For buyout of former zinc factory
copper, lead, silver and zinc processing for decades.
A power station opened in there in 1954 before being demolished in 1990, prior to the opening of the Grillo zinc oxide factory. The factory closed in 2006 and has been razed, but mounds of earth and bricks still remain.
The council could now seek a development partner to take forward proposals for the former Grillo site.
Council leader Emlyn Dole told us it was a prime site and “front and centre” to the whole concept of developing the harbour.
“There was a need to defend that,” he said.
The harbour redevelopment is being taken forward by a company called The Marine Group, which got on site in April this year.
Plans have also been submitted to convert and extend the current RNLI base in the harbour into a cafe and restaurant, as well as creating a marina management office with new changing rooms.
Ex-Pembrey and Burry Port town councillor Les George said he felt the town had been “let down”, in development terms, for years.
“We have got one of the finest harbours in Wales,” he said. “Everything seems to be happening elsewhere.”
Former businessman Mr George said he believed proposals to redevelop the Grillo site would go down well in the town.
“I believe people would rather see something happening rather than nothing happening,” he said. “And we badly need affordable houses.”
The entrance to the former zinc oxide site, in Burry Port.
the Grillo site in 2014.