Anxious wait over future of Grillo site redevelopment
A DECISION on the future of the multi-million pound Grillo development in Burry Port is anxiously awaited this week.
Councillors Pat Jones (pictured at the site) and John James headed to Port Talbot Justice Centre on Monday as part of a judicial review concerning the regeneration of the former zinc oxide works.
Plans for the brownfield site, near Burry Port harbour, included more than 200 homes alongside the creation of new business, leisure, and commercial opportunities.
Developers Castletown Estates had initially hoped to develop the land, however it was turned down for planning permission, which halted the regeneration programme earlier this year.
The plans were rejected by the Welsh Government following concerns over flooding.
In the latest move the councillors visited the justice centre this week concerning the planning decision.
A decision from the review is now awaited — and is expected this week.
Ahead of the announcement, businesspeople in the town spoke out about the potential benefits of the scheme for Burry Port if it eventually gets the go ahead.
Butcher Brian Budenis from Brian & Sons, on Station Road, said: "If the scheme goes ahead it will be a good thing for the town.
"It will also be good for jobs.
"If it brings work it's a good thing, and the more the better for the area."
Echoing his sentiments, Crafty Moves owner Linda Davies added: "I think it would definitely be good for the town.
"I think the more tourists we can bring in the better and if this goes ahead and helps great."
Burry Port Coastguard station officer Andrew James added that any development would be good for the environment in the town.
He added: "Bring it on."