This is an article for Seaside News
Recently I met representatives of Porthcawl First to discuss the latest developments regarding Bridgend Council's regeneration plans for Porthcawl.
Like many others I am concerned as to what is going to happen now that Morrisons Supermarket has pulled out. Without an anchor store it is questionable whether the Council will be able to raise the funds to pay for the infrastructure works necessary to develop this part of the town.
There is an understandable sense of grievance amongst Porthcawl residents. They pay the highest council tax of any part of the County Borough and yet, consistently, investment decisions pass them buy.
Large amounts of public money have been invested in regenerating other communities in the Bridgend council area, yet when it comes to Porthcawl, the local authority relies on securing capital receipts from commercial investment.
What is important if we are to rescue this situation is that all parties engage with each other in a positive way. Certainly, members of Porthcawl First expressed a desire to do so and as a result of this discussion I am now meeting with senior officers in Bridgend Council to get a briefing on how they plan to take regeneration forward and to offer what assistance I can.