Plans to renovate the Porthcawl waterfront and marina have secured EU funding

As much as £7m could be pumped into renovating the Porthcawl seafront, now that the first stages of the project have received government backing.

The South Wales town could see the construction of a new dry dock, a national centre for surfing excellent, and a coastal life education and visitors centre.

Porthcawl Harbourside Community Interest Company sees the initial £38,000 award from the EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development programme as a key first step.

This money will allow planners to get started, hiring consultants and proceeding with key business development.

Programme manager Gareth Voyle said: “There can be no doubt that with foundations in Porthcawl’s rich and historic heritage, Harbourside can play a significant once-in-a-lifetime role in shaping the town’s future.”

Planned facilities at Porthcawl include a wide range of watersports training facilities, from waverider machines to training pools, and a viewing platform at the top of the town’s south tower.