Pleasure park of peace and relaxation.

With the number of dwellings set to increase by up to an incredible 2000 on or near Barry Island and the opening of a large supermarket no more than a few hundred yards from the beach, the idea of rebuilding a Funfair in amongst this amount of development will cause congestion and chaos on a scale not yet seen. The completion of a second road leading to Barry Island will bring even more traffic. It does seem that the consequences of all this development are not being properly thought through by our national and local government or they are choosing to ignore the situation for their own reasons. At present Barry Island is already nearly three quarter residential, the inevitable, ‘conflict of interest’ between tourism and residential needs are clear. When Cardiff Bay for example developed tourism at its heart a large number of residents had to leave and be rehoused. Bringing a Funfair with suggested opening of 364 days of the year seems totally unworkable. Where will all the extra traffic park for example? The current car park on the Island is supposed to be temporary?

We need a solution that is sustainable. Barry Island’s greatest asset is its beach; it should be shared as a haven of natural beauty amongst the busyness of the urban environment. It is the coast that brings people to the area, not a nostalgic memory of a Fairground set to profit a few business people. The site would be much more profitable, on every level if it was developed as a high quality natural park with the road adjacent the beach being pedestrianized. This would improve the environment for both tourists and residents.

Paul Haley Feb 17, 2015

You raise good points regarding traffic, but linking it to the Fairground alone is overlooking the bigger picture, which we as residents have to live with. I have raised questions and challenges for many years (See editions of Echo, B&D News etc) about the lack of infrastructure to support the development of 2,000+ houses on Barry Waterfront. For example, no footbridge from the Waterfront onto Barry Railway Station (and it has just undergone additional platform without this being undertaken), no reconnecting Barry Island to Battery Hill and Swing Bridge to open up pedestrian route to Thompson Street and the complete walk around the No 1 Dock, dealing with potential of 4,000 additional cars heading to Cardiff daily (that's where the jobs are) and then returning, no plan to encourage major employers such as Admiral to actually build offices on Barry Waterfront to reduce Cardiff worker-related journies etc etc.

So I agree with you, that we need a holistic approach to integrate transport, walking, cycling, etc etc., to PROACTIVELY manage the issues we can all see in front of us.

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Glyn Pooley Feb 17, 2015

Maybe we could ask the community to help construct a park in line with The Knap Park of the 1930's. Become stakeholders, hold local markets and community events etc.. and just sit and take in the beauty of the beech. The Island belongs to us all and should be free to experience and gain from. This may sound fanciful at present but everything changes.

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Paul Haley Feb 19, 2015

Now that is fanciful Glyn. You've overlooked that the Fairground is privately owned so it doesn't belong to us. Nell's Point also doesn't belong to us, it belongs to the Vale Council who might wish to extract value from prime development land. Without private ownership, Barry Island would not have developed from rabbit infested dunes and farmland. If Barry Island is developed properly, it could become a job creator and an entrepreneurial incubator... much as it was in the 70's and 80's. Community Parks could be developed along Clive Road and Redbrink Crescent where there are allotments which ABP have sought active use. Perhaps worth exploring this avenue?

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