Access Restored To Dunraven Bay

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As the owner of more than 36,000 hectares of foreshore around its historic estates, the Duchy of Lancaster is often approached for permissions to carry out essential remedial and improvement works.

Last year, this included a project by Vale of Glamorgan Council to repair and restore the slipway at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown. Over time, the slipway had suffered significant erosion and was in desperate need of repair. Vale of Glamorgan Council therefore applied to the Coastal Communities Fund for monies to rebuild it and restore full public access.

As a result, the slipway is now accessible to all, including beach wheelchairs which are soon to be available for hire on site, free of charge.

Commenting on the project, the Duchy of Lancaster’s Head of Rural, Christopher Sparrow, said: “The natural beauty of this part of Wales is a significant draw to visitors from all over the UK. Access to its clean, unspoiled beaches is critical to the local economy here. We were therefore delighted to be able to give the Council permission to carry out the necessary works, which have transformed the area for both residents and visitors.”

The slipway work is just one of a series of projects being undertaken by the local authority along the Heritage Coast designed to help boost the economic potential of the area.