On Wednesday 26 June, the chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Peter Davies MBE, formally re-opened the wooden jetty on Aberystwyth Promenade.
The jetty, a popular spot for fishermen and swimmers, has been closed for boating use for up to three years as marine worm damage had weakened its structure to make boating activity unsafe.
Due to a valuable contribution of £72k from the Coastal Communities Fund, the jetty has been renovated by the council so that sightseeing boats can use the facility to take tourists and residents alike for short trips around the bay.
The council recognises the importance of tourism to the local economy, and when opportunities present themselves to improve conditions for tourism businesses to thrive, the council are keen to grasp them.
Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Peter Davies MBE at the official opening said, “It is a pleasure to be able to re-open the wooden jetty, in perfect time for this summer. I encourage boat owners to come forward and get in touch with the harbourmaster so that they can be part of this exciting project.”
Rachel Richards, Funding Officer, Coastal Communities Fund said, “We’re delighted to be able to see the launch of this fantastic project funded through the Coastal Communities Fund. It’s fantastic to see an innovative project making a difference to the local economy and we’re proud to support it.”
The jetty renovation is just one of a number of innovative projects that will be developed along Aberystwyth promenade the next four to five years. The Coastal Defence consultations held earlier this year highlighted several ideas for economic development and the council, together with its partners, are working to make this a reality.
If any commercial boat owners are interested in operating a sightseeing service from the jetty, contact the harbourmaster at Peter.Norrington-Davies@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01970 611433 for more information.