Barry Island Fair: Redevelopment Plan is Approved

Friday, 2nd March 2012
  Plans for a multimillion-pound redevelopment of the popular Welsh seaside fair which featured in TV comedy Gavin and Stacey have been approved with work due to start in September. The new redevelopment on Barry Island will see the 4.7 acre indoor leisure/entertainment centre site turned into a mix of restaurants and cafes, a cinema, bowling alley and 124 flats.   The fair, close to the beach, has been an attraction since 1920. It was well used by holidaymakers who went to the nearby Butlins holiday camp, and after that site closed in 1986, it relied more on day trippers. Poor weather conditions over recent summers had led to a drop in visitors, and in 2010 new tenants agreed a deal with the owner to run it for a year on a seasonal basis.   However the park gained new fame when it featured in the BBC's Gavin and Stacey, the story of the romance between a Barry girl and an Essex boy, and the site should will still be used to attract people to the resort.   Vale of Glamorgan Council unanimously approved the plans on Thursday, a month after deferring a decision for a site visit. Ahead of the vote, Rob Quick, the council's director of environmental and economic regeneration, said it was essential the development focused on leisure and tourism to strengthen existing attractions and encourage visitors. Mr Rogers told BBC Wales last month the complex would all be under one roof, with the resort reliant on sunshine.   Owner Ian Rogers said he was "over the moon" with the decision in favour. "I'm chuffed to bits and would love to leave my mark on Barry as my dad Kenneth did," said Mr Rogers. "I'm for the town, I'm for Barry Island and we are going to put the place back on the map."