Famous concrete beach in Porthcawl set to be replaced with new flood defences – WalesOnline

Love it or loathe it – Porthcawl ’s landmark concrete beach will soon be no more.

After more than three decades of protecting the esplanade from the surging sea, the so-called asphalt shoreline is set to be replaced by new sea defences.

Also known as the town beach, the revetment was built in 1984 to reduce the energy of waves that frequently over topped the seawall and to prevent erosion of the coastline.

Bridgend County Borough Council said the feature, which has become regarded with both affection and derision, has done its job well.

But proposals for a new terraced sea defence – selected following a public consultation in 2013 – have now cleared the first round of Welsh Government approval.

The council said it will now move onto the design and development phase and the beach will see a lot of activity over the next few months as engineers test the site to establish what specific works will be necessary for introducing the new design.

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The concrete beach underwent a major upgrade in 2005 at a cost of almost £500,000.

A new 12-inch layer of asphalt had to be laid after damage the previous winter made urgent repairs necessary.

BCBC said that as further maintenance is now required to ensure it can continue to function effectively, the council is taking the opportunity to look at introducing a fresh new design capable of standing up to the elements for the next 100 years.

Councillor Hywel Williams, cabinet member for communities, said: “This is excellent news and means the council can move to the next phase of its plans for providing new, improved sea defences at the town beach which will be far more visually pleasing while also hardy enough to protect the esplanade and stand up to the tough maritime conditions.

“The final design of the defences was chosen in partnership with local residents as part of the public consultation, so I am sure that they will be pleased to hear that the plans have moved a step closer.”

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