A good number of potential users and committee members assembled at the end of the Mole No 1 Dock Barry to witness the “Cutting of the first Sod” for the Slipway to be built to permit sailing, rowing and canoeing on the dock waters.
The Chairman Mr Chris Basten, welcomed the guests including Nigel Midgley and other members of Canoe Wales who have decided to make Barry Community Water Activities Centre their Sprint Canoe base for S Wales. Also the other organisations also present including Welsh Rowing, Special Wales Olympics, Wales and Rhoose Lifeguards President Mr Chris Braggins, and the new Barry District Commissioner for Scouts, Mr Chris Parsons.
He then invited the Mayor, Councillor Jeff Evans, to supervise the cutting of the first sod. The Mayor was disappointed that H&S regulations prevented him from actually driving the JCB. However the he said it was a “Great Start” for the regeneration of the derelict dock waters, which he thoroughly supported, and wished the Trust every success in its endeavours.
The OWT Vice Chairman “Commodore Martin Westwood RN (Rtd) thanked the Barry company GRABit Plant Hire and Groundworks Contractor, who had been tremendous in helping with the contract, and organising the days event so quickly, and he was looking forward to the completion of the works in May, subject to the tides.
The GRABit Site Manager Byron Colston said he was delighted to be involved in the development of the Mole, and was keen to provide this long awaited facility for the Town.
The treasurer Mr Keith Williams was delighted, with the generous free offer GRABit had made of supplying portacabins for conversion into much needed changing rooms. Keith confirmed they was now seeking further funds and help to relocate them, and convert one classroom into changing rooms.