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The RNLI has submitted plans for a new lifesaving centre in Burry Port to replace its aging boathouse and bring both lifeboats under one roof.
The current boathouse is too small and outdated for the charity’s plans to establish a lifesaving centre at the town. The lifesaving centre will promote safety education and enhance visitor experience for the public as they learn more about the charity’s work. The planning application was submitted by the RNLI to Carmarthenshire County Council yesterday (Monday 23 January).
The planning application proposes that the new build will be located in the area between the existing brick lifeboat station and the western slipway, adjacent to the existing cycle track.
Lloyd Evans, RNLI Estates Principal Engineer, said: ‘The RNLI has been working closely with the council to ensure that the new lifesaving centre will be an asset for Burry Port. It will allow us to locate both lifeboats in one building, making for a more efficient operation, and will provide the much-
‘Where possible, the RNLI encourages members of the public to visit our lifesaving centres; the new building will have the advantage of a more interactive visitor experience where temporary exhibitions can be held, while the public will be able to see the lifeboat at her best from a purpose-
Alun Wells, Burry Port RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, said: ‘This new development is a tremendous boost for our volunteers with these proposed first class facilities. It is a major step forward in the re-
Burry Port lifeboat station was opened in its current location in 1887 and was operated until 1914 when it was agreed that neighbouring stations provided sufficient cover. In 1973, as a result of the increase in drowning incidents in Carmarthen Bay, the station was reopened with a D-
Notes to editor:
Attached are artist's impressions of the proposed build at Burry Port. Credit: Lewis Partnership
The lifesaving centre has been designed by Llanelli-
The proposed works to increase the width of the existing western slipway and the construction of the building will be submitted as two separate planning applications. It is anticipated that the slipway works will be completed in advance of the building.
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