People, Places, Business

Aberavon Beach Improvements

Wave after wave of improvements rolling onto Aberavon Beach

Aberavon Beach

Visitors to Aberavon seafront this summer will benefit from a host of new attractions and facilities when the current phase of a major programme of works to modernise the beachfront is completed.

Much of the new development forms part of the Green Sea (Beach Improvement) Programme, a Visit Wales coastal tourism project partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

In addition to the developments funded by the Green Sea (Beach Improvement) programme, the Authority has invested in a new refreshment kiosk and new play facilities for older children which are due to open ready for the summer holidays along with refurbishment work at the aquasplash toddlers' pool which is almost complete.

The refurbished sunken gardens complete with new seats, bins, access paths, ramps and steps are due to be opened for the jubilee holiday. The second round of Green Sea funding supports a beach shelter to be located within the redesigned gardens.  The shelter will reflect its seaside location, with cover from the elements provided by a wood and steel structure inspired by beach groynes. The shelter will offer convenient seating near the 'shingle beach garden', a central feature of the gardens which have been a popular part of the beachfront since the 1950s.

Toddlers will be able to enjoy a seaside-themed play area which will be built on a vacant plot of land adjacent to the skakeboard park. The new safe-surface play area for children aged two to five is scheduled to be completed in August  and will include specially designed play equipment, fencing, seating and access paths. Fun new play features modelled around a seaside theme, will provide a fitting replacement to the submarine and penguins familiar to previous generations of young visitors.

In keeping with such a major transformation, the signage along the promenade is also being modernised and upgraded. Brand new information panels will provide 'you are here' maps of beachfront facilities, display useful cark parking, toilets and safety information, and give details of local activities.

The specially designed kiosk located at the Western end of the promenade will sell items such as ice creams, teas, coffees and beach toys and will be surrounded by a paving area for tables and chairs. The high quality modular building also houses unisex toilets, a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. Already in place, it will be open for business in time for the summer holidays.

A revamped seaside themed play area will replace the much used wooden play fort and complement the new toddlers play area. Work on the new playground is progressing well and is set to be completed by the end of May.
Refurbishment work is also being carried out at the Aquasplash toddlers' pool to repair some of the pipe work which feeds the fun water features.

The pool surface will also be repainted and resealed and the exterior of the toilet block is to be cleaned down and decorated ready to open for the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.
The Aquasplash is a favourite venue for families attracting crowds in hot weather and is another one of the many facilities along the beachfront which Neath Port Talbot Council has provided to cater for all ages and tastes in the community.

Head of Property and Regeneration, Gareth Nutt said, "Aberavon Beach is a major asset for the area and much loved by residents and visitors alike. This major investment will provide suitably modern, resilient and attractive facilities which can be enjoyed all year round.

"These works are an important part of the Aberavon Seafront Strategy, and will help the seafront to realise its potential to enhance the quality of life for local people and to benefit the local economy."