Porthcawl Regeneration Plans:

Sustainable Wales joins the Climate Emergency Campaigns with a constructive challenge to Bridgend Borough Council.

“When will Porthcawl become a Low-Carbon Community?”

The challenge, outlined in a document  delivered to Chief Officers and Councillors, is to see Bridgend Borough Council at the forefront of leading Porthcawl’s transition into a low-carbon community.

Sustainable Wales' response is submitted at exactly the same time that voices, from octogenarian Sir David Attenborough to  teenager Greta Thunberg, are being raised to describe our climate emergency, whilst student strikes and Extinction Rebellion demonstrations are occurring internationally. 

Sustainable Wales wants Bridgend Borough Council to build on its planning, energy and transport strategies and take a pioneering leadership role amongst local authorities.

“Our challenge seems ambitious, says Margaret Minhinnick, Sustainable Wales Director, “but reflect the bare minimum of what should be achieved by any regeneration of Porthcawl.” 

Sustainable Wales has welcomed Bridgend County Borough Council’s outline plans for the regeneration of Porthcawl, “The resort could be ‘on the cusp’ of great things. Porthcawl can showcase the way ahead. The resort’s regeneration provides it with perhaps the most exciting moment in its history. Ongoing consultation with the community is therefore vital.”

Sustainable Wales volunteer, Kristian Evans, a father of two young boys, says: “The ‘climate emergency’ is happening now. Our children will bear the consequences of our choices and we cannot ignore the scale of the challenges they are facing. Kicking the can down the road is not an option. We urge Bridgend County Borough Council to seize this opportunity to make our resort relevant.

Margaret and Kris say: “A ‘bog standard’ regeneration is not what the town requires or deserves."

Sustainable Wales’s ideas, amongst others include:

  • houses/flats which generate, store and release their own solar energy, producing enough to balance their overall demand making them energy-neutral;
  • recharging points for electric vehicles;
  • plans for car sharing schemes and bike stands;
  • eco-designed hotel and supermarket, in keeping with the character of a seaside town;
  • plans to encourage shoppers into the town centre;
  • design must reflect our unique marine culture and situation;
  • community green spaces.

The document, ‘Porthcawl: a low carbon future?’ has been sent to relevant councillors and community action groups, such as Porthcawl Civic Trust and the resort’s Chamber of Trade. | Download your copy here |

Further information, contact Sustainable Wales, T: 01656 773627 / 783962, E: [email protected] or Kristian Evans, T:  07890588499, E: [email protected]