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St. Catherines Island to re-open?
Friday, 25 May 2012
Pic. Gareth Davies Photography
An historic fort in Tenby that was once also used as a zoo, looks set for a spruce up that would see it re-opened to the public.
The people behind the Tenby Island Project have indicated that St. Catherine’s Island and fort is in the pipeline to be shortly renovated, restoring it into a tourist attraction full of interesting things to see and do and also a venue for local events.
A team of specialist surveyors have been inspecting the island which is situated just off of Castle Beach, documenting the dimensions, flora and fauna, structural condition and features that can be presently found.
It has also been visited by various authorities and those behind the project say that they are working with all bodies to progress the proposals as quickly as possible.
“Having secured this great opportunity, we trust that we will be able to restore and open it to all as a fantastic attraction,” a spokesperson for the Tenby Island Project said.
“Tourists visiting the island will undoubtedly walk through the town and stay close by, so it is hoped that this will benefit the town and create a real community asset.
“We are currently in the process of consultation and planning. You may have seen some of the team working over on the island in the last 12 months. We have been collating data and meeting with the different agencies to discuss the best ways forward.
“For the last 20 years, we have looked over to the island with its sense of mystique and intrigue and have wanted to see the place full of people, smiling, laughing and catching the sun.
“St Catherine’s has always been an integral part of the life of Tenby. We would love to hear any stories or ideas. We have gaps in the history and are looking for photographs of those who served in the fort.
“We know that many people have studied the wildlife and geology and would love to meet anyone who has been involved in this,” continued the spokesperson.
Those behind the project have said that they would like to see everyone having access to enjoy the island and fort and have been looking at different design proposals, one of which is an idea for a specialist type of bridge that would allow visitors a special view of the island and beach.
“There is a lot of work to be done and providing we can obtain the necessary permissions, we are keen that local trade’s people and businesses are the ones that make it happen.
“We are currently looking for people to reinstate railings, connect services, seal the flat roof, plaster, supply with products and much more,” added the spokesperson.
Some of the proposals for the project can be viewed at www.tenbyisland.com and those behind it welcome any feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
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