What are you doing to preserve our heritage ? Convert the Barry Island Toilet Block to a Glamorgan Heritage Centre
The Toilet Block is a historic building in a prime tourist location.
I would suggest that this building be tidied up ( like the pumping house) and established as a Glamorgan Heritage Centre.
With the growth in heritage tourism , the increase in 'stay in the UK holidays' and the decline in our summer weather - what better use could be made for this historic public building?
With thousands of tourists arriving by coach at the Island, often only to discover that the weather has deteriorated so a beach day out is no longer a prospect - the building would provide a prime attraction.
The building is disabled friendly, has a lower level that could be used as meeting rooms and storage for local history groups and has a frontage and rear that could be utilised for open air activities.
I believe that Barry Regeneration money could be used to kickstart this project, and establish a body to run the facility. Funding could then be sought from the many available sources of heritage funding to complete the project.
With the demise of Barry Island Pleasure Park, what more fitting building is there to remember Barry Island`s former ( and hopefully future) glory?
What attractions are there on the Island to attract wet weather visitors, and where do our School children go to learn about their heritage?
With Barry town and the Vale rapidly becoming a commuter suburb of Cardiff, the time is right to establish a museum to protect the region`s unique heritage and geology.
When you tell people that you live in Barry, do they think 'social depravation' or 'Gavin & Stacey', or do they think of the town as once being a prime tourist resort or the world's largest coal exporting port?
What is being done to preserve the area`s heritage, and to educate people about it. The photos show the dolphin at the Knapp, in a skip.....and the dock cranes being cut up.
Is Vale heritage all destined for a skip? Is it not valued like other counties value theirs?
A Glamorgan Heritage Centre will help to attract tourism, and equally importantly - will help to give the disadvantaged people in the town a sence of social pride....so often lacking.