Clean-up operation begins in Aberystwyth

The Victorian Shelter, here seen on the verge of collapse, is to be restored by Cadw

THE CLEAN-UP operation of Aberystwyth’s seafront has begun, after five days of relentless storms which have left 18 inches of shingles and debris strewn over the promenade.

Ceredigion County Council officials began clearing walkways yesterday to make the seafront accessible to the public, however they are still warning people to stay away from the beach.

Amongst the damage is a grade-II listed Victorian shelter, which has fallen into the sea after the tides wore away the wall. Ceredigion County Council chief buildings officer Mel Hopkins has said: “We have had talks today with the heritage organisation Cadw about how we can dismantle the shelter, which is a dangerous building at the moment. It will be restored and returned to the seafront.”

Volunteers from in and around Aberystywth have been urged to wait for direction from the council, however hotels and businesses along the front have reached out (through a Facebook group) for volunteers. The group is expected to visit the Marine hotel today.

 

The storm is said to have been the worst winter storm for almost 40 years.