Porthcawl’s silt pile will be removed ‘by the end of October’

A silt pile that campaigners claim is symbolic of the neglect of Porthcawl is scheduled to be removed by the end of October, Bridgend County Borough Council has announced.

The authority has finally been able to reveal a firm date for the £300,000 project’s completion after appointing contractors Alan Griffiths Ltd.

Work is due to begin this month.

Deputy council leader David Sage, said: “I’m pleased that the situation is drawing to a close and that the removal of the silt can begin.

“There have been many concerns and rumours surrounding the silt, its contents, why it has had to be temporarily stored at Salt Lake and the perceived multi-million pound cost of its removal.

“In a perfect world our original plans for its use would have gone ahead, but the fact of the matter is that we could not prevent the withdrawal of the food store developer, so have had to find alternative disposal methods for the silt.

“My understanding is that the contractors also intend to use it as landscaping fill, which further underlines the fact that the silt has never posed any risk to public health.”

The estimated 17,000 tonnes of silt was dredged from Porthcawl Harbour during its multi-million-pound transformation into a marina.

The county council had intended to use the silt as landscape fill for the redevelopment of roads to serve a new superstore on the Salt Lake site, but Morrisons pulled out of the deal.

Coun Sage added: “With the removal of the silt, the council will be focusing its efforts on the launch of a multi-million pound townscape heritage initiative for Porthcawl which will seek to restore a number of well-known buildings and landmarks such as the Knights Arms, Customs House and the Lookout Tower.

“We will also be developing plans for bringing the Jennings Building back into public use and introducing further improvements, and will be announcing more details on this very soon.”

The silt has been tested several times during its temporary storage and organisations including Public Health Wales and Natural Resources Wales have confirmed that it poses no risk to public health.

Last month protestors gathered at the Salt Lake for a demonstration against the silt which was dubbed Move The Mud.

On the day, Independent town councillor Mark Davies said the silt pile was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” following “failed regeneration”.

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