My plan for a Barry Marina is part of our 'Levelling Up' ambitions to help boost our local economy by attracting further investment and jobs. I officially approved the bid and have worked closely with the Local Authority to develop the plan which will bring record investment to the area, having campaigned for the project for some time.
- My priority is to ensure that these projects act as a catalyst to attract more investment. I have been working with local investors to make a difference. Until now there are few modern employment sites available to create more jobs in Barry. This will change that. This project will be a major boost for the whole of the town. I am determined to ensure that we will connect all parts of Barry to these exciting opportunities.
- The investment will come from the UK Government ‘Levelling Up Fund’, bidding for planned funding of up to £20 million, with the purpose of continuing the regeneration of the area. The package of projects will see new modern employment centres, a flagship building for the Ocean Watersports Trust, new leisure facilities and the Marina.
- There is already a pipeline of projects planned for more than £100 million, including proposals for a new waterfront college campus, primary school, and high-quality office accommodation as well as new facilities for rail providers, a transport interchange and a mixed housing and health gateway scheme.
- I launched a survey for residents on the waterfront and the feedback was amazingly positive. Nearly 80% of responses supported my plan for the Marina, and I have been keen to push these projects ever since.