Work is well underway on Colwyn Bay’s seafront, where more than 500,000 tonnes of sand is being pumped onto the beach of the town as part of a £81m flood defence strategy that will see Colwyn Bay have a permanent beach.
The first load of sand was pumped ashore from an offshore dredger to the area in front of the new Porth Eirias water sports centre in Colwyn Bay on Wednesday lunchtime. The project is a part of the Conwy County Council’s waterfront project that is providing sea defences and improvements in Colwyn Bay. The work is set to not only help Colwyn Bay combat against floods spilling onto the promenade, but also provide a spectacular permanent beach, offering visitors to the area a beach to visit and enjoy during all times of the day and year.
Currently, the beach of Colwyn Bay does not exist during high tide, so visitors don’t get the chance to enjoy the glorious beach. This will solve this issue, hoping to increase activity on the coast of Colwyn Bay, as well as the tourism into the area. The £6m sand importation is funded by the Welsh Government as a part of the sea defence strategy, which when equipped with the Porth Eirias water sports centre, could prove an extremely beneficial facility to the area.
Two steel pipes, one a kilometre long and the other around 400m long were floated out during high tide last Thursday to be lined up and welded together. This was connected to the steel dry-line which is used to pump the sand onto the beach.
A rubber floater line was connected to the sea end of the steel pipeline and section of pipe will connect to the dredger out at sea, that is taking sand from the sea bed approximately 20 miles north of Colwyn Bay, before travelling to the Colwyn Bay shore where it sits just a kilometre off shore while the pumping takes place.
The entire process is to take place all around the clock up until completion that could take up to four weeks. Anyone can travel over the Colwyn Bay waterfront and see the dredger at work, seeing a beach literally created in front of your eyes!
Video showing sand dredging on Colwyn Bay beach
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