Ab­so­lute dis­grace

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

I WOULD like to con­grat­u­late the RNLI on the build­ing of their new state-ofthe-art Lifeboat Sta­tion at Burry Port Har­bour.

This in­vest­ment clearly shows the con­fi­dence that the na­tional RNLI has in the mar­itime fu­ture of Burry Port, and will, hope­fully, act as a cat­a­lyst for our har­bour’s long-term fu­ture.

Sadly, on the down­side, our har­bour it­self now needs an ur­gent life­line of its own.

It des­per­ately needs res­cu­ing from its cur­rent state of de­cay, with crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture and run­down ap­pear­ance.

Trees and bram­bles are grow­ing out of the dock walls. The outer har­bour is silted up to such a state that some boats can’t get in or out of their berths. There are bro­ken pon­toons that are fall­ing apart, es­pe­cially in the east dock. Dis­abled ac­cess to the main pier is cur­rently in­ad­e­quate and badly needs up­grad­ing.

De­spite many years of empty prom­ises and ex­cuses, no re­pairs or im­prove­ments have been made.

It is an ab­so­lute dis­grace and an em­bar­rass­ment that our town’s most cher­ished his­toric as­set has been al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate into such a sorry state.

It is about time that we now hold to ac­count those re­spon­si­ble for the up­keep of the har­bour, in or­der to to ur­gently ad­dress any fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

Ur­gent ac­tion is now needed to save our Vic­to­rian har­bour be­fore it’s too late .

We must en­sure that our mar­itime her­itage is pro­tected and safe­guarded for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy.

Les Ge­orge Burry Port

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