Councillor in call to clean up lighthouse
BURRY Port harbour is set to be given a spring clean after the not-so picture perfect lighthouse was deemed "scruffy".
Councillor Andrew Phillips led the calls to spruce up the tourist attraction ready for the busy summer season at the latest Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council meeting.
He told members how he wanted the railings around the harbour, the kerb stones, benches and planters to be given a fresh look.
And he called for the low wall at the harbour's car park to be given brighter markings after a number of motorists damaged their cars by driving into it.
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"We should spend a bit of money on it — we will have the labour free — and the harbour will look spick and span for the summer season," said Mr Phillips.
"Most seaside places do that work in the beginning of spring and it looks good."
He added: "The lighthouse is looking scruffy."
The town council voted to give £2,000 towards the costs of maintaining and improving the harbour this year.
After the meeting, Millennium Coastal Park manager Rory Dickinson said the area would be getting a spring clean at the end of April.
"This will include clearing, painting and weeding," he said.
"The lighthouse was painted three years ago, and will be re-painted this spring."
Mr Dickinson said unexpected work had hit the park's budget.
Money had been committed to dredge the outer channels of the harbour, but sand that had been building up outside was dragged in to the point that in some places there was only six inches of water.
"We had no option but to dredge inside the harbour, or else we would have had to close it for safety reasons," he said.
The work cost the park £50,000.
"We have had to make savings elsewhere in the Millennium Coastal Park to allow for this," said Mr Dickinson.
"Also, there was a major failure of the gate, which cost more than £30,000.
"It was impossible to foresee this work, and therefore it had not been budgeted for."