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Brilliant Basics delivering memorable experiences

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The busy summer for Wales’ Visitor Economy has shown the crucial importance of tourism infrastructure in delivering a quality experience for visitors.

To help organisations plan ahead for future years, Brilliant Basics is a new Wales wide fund supporting public, third sector and not for profit organisations to deliver basic small scale tourism infrastructure improvements.  

26 projects have been successful in their funding applications for the £2.4 million fund for 2021-2022. 

Small scale tourism infrastructure projects were supported from local authorities, national parks and the third sector and - all helping to ensure that all visitors to Wales have a positive and memorable experience throughout their stay.

The projects include electric vehicle charging points, improved toilet and car parking facilities, accessible Changing Places facilities and improved signage and interpretation panels - and a waterfall swing.

Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “Following the busy summer we’ve had here in Wales, we’ve seen the important part that local tourism amenities have on making a trip a memorable one.  These facilities often go unnoticed but they are an important part of people’s experiences when they visit Wales and they also benefit those who live in the area.  I’m delighted that we’re able to support these organisations to improve the visitor experience in their areas.”

A modern ‘changing place’ with facilities for people with disabilities, refurbished public toilets and access improvements are on their way to the Aberavon Seafront’s popular Aqua Splash attraction.

Cllr Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development, said: “It is intended that once the works are complete, the public toilet provision and changing place at this location will not be subject to seasonal opening and will be open to the public all year. This will ensure the Aberavon Seafront remains a destination which is accessible to disabled visitors and their families all year round.”

A Changing Places Unit will also be a priority for Welsh Water as part of a project to develop a Cycle Hub at their Elan Valley Site. Welsh Water have also be awarded funding for the development of Waterfall Swing and water Artistry at Llyn Brenig.  The Waterfall Swing uses hundreds of downward jets of water to create a controllable waterfall effect which incorporates swings and can also be adapted to take users with limited mobility, including wheelchairs.  Welsh Water will also develop outdoor adventures for all at Lliw Reservoirs with access and car park improvements, activity station and nature trail sheets as well as installation of natural play equipment.

Welsh Water Chief Executive, Peter Perry said “Due to the popularity of this summer’s staycation, we have seen increased visitor pressures at a number of our visitor attractions and local beauty spots.  So we’re hugely grateful to Welsh Government for the valuable support, which will help us to improve facilities and provide more inclusive experiences for visitors of all ages and abilities.   

 

Notes to editors

Project details

Organisation / Project

Amount Awarded

 

South East – 5 Projects

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, Dare Valley Country Park - Signage and Interpretation

£33,277.15

 

Visit Cardiff, Cardiff Council, Cardiff Castle Visitor Toilets

£70,000

 

Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cosmeston Gateway Project

£122,124

 

Caerphilly CBC, Cwmcarn Forest - Mill Pond enhancements

£48,000

 

Caerphilly CBC, Llancaiach Fawr - Outdoor Recreational Trail

£40,000

 

Mid – 4 Projects

Canolfan Owain Glyndwr, Ysbryd Glyndŵr (Spirit of Glyndwr)

£21,760

 

Dwr Cymru Elan Valley Cycle Hub

£128,000

 

Elan Valley Trust, Excellent Visitor Facilities at Elan

£124,000

 

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, EV charging and Car Park Infrastructure

£120,000

 

North – 9 Projects

Conwy CBC, Dwygyfylchi Beach Access Improvements

£91,700

 

Conwy CBC, Llandudno Shelters: North Shore

£126,000

 

Groundwork North Wales, Minera Lead Mines visitor amenities

£94,060

 

Conwy CBC, Gwydir Park Public Toilets and Cycle Facilities

£128,000

 

Brymbo Heritage Trust, Accessible Stori Brymbo

£120,000

 

Canal and River Trust, Trevor Basin -Transforming a Visitor welcome

£128,000

 

Cyngor Gwynedd, Park Gwledig Glynllifon

£128,000

 

Denbighshire County Council, Llantysilio - Creating a Visitor Welcome

£30,800

 

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig, Waterfall Swing

£128,000

 

South West – 8 Projects

Penllergare Trust, Elevating Penllergare

£36,405

 

Swansea Canal Society, "Clydach Lock - Bringing Back the Boats"

£99,620.40

 

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig, Outdoor adventures for all at Lliw Reservoirs

£98,000

 

Carmarthenshire CC, Pembrey

£85,360

 

Carmarthenshire CC, Sustainable & Accessible Pendine Sands

£127,872.73

 

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Ambitious for Access

£80,000

 

Down to Earth, Doing Good Things Together

£84,000

 

Neath Port Talbot Council, Aberavon Seafront Enhancements

£120,000

 

Overall Totals 26 Projects

£2,412,979.28