Tourists set to benefit from makeover project for Porthcawl’s ‘dilapidated … – WalesOnline

VISITORS to one of Wales’ best-loved seaside towns will be able to admire the views and eat their fish and chips in comfort once again as cracked bench seats are set to become a thing of the past.

Prompted by the dire state of some the town’s public benches, the community in Porthcawl has come forward with a solution.

Volunteers are set to start work on replacing rotten wood and will also be stripping back the slats, treating the mould and varnishing seats throughout the town.

Community group Porthcawl First is working in partnership with the Chamber of Trade and the town and borough councils on the initiative, which is set to get underway within a fortnight.

Councillor Brian Jones said Porthcawl First wanted to do something which brought a tangible benefit to the town.

Work to begin before bad weather sets in

“I suggested that they take on the benches because a lot of them are dilapidated.

“People sit on them and they break, they crack and crumble,” he said.

“We have around eight volunteers so far and we hope to finish one or two benches each week.

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“Bridgend County Borough Council are donating new planks and the labour is coming via Porthcawl First.”

He said they will be refurbishing the benches with concrete bases around Griffin Park, the Eastern Promenade and Locks Common.

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Tide and time has taken its toll on Porthcawl’s benches

The Victorian-style cast iron benches on other parts of the sea front and John Street are in better condition and will continue to be directly maintained by the county council.

“Hopefully we can get some of them done before the really bad weather sets in,” said Coun Jones.

He added that the first benches to be made over will be the nine around Griffin Park.

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