Since the Victorians built the first sea wall and promenade beach levels have reduced and flooding and damage from coastal storms has become more frequent and severe. Over the last year a £7.6m scheme has been constructed to address this and protect residential and commercial areas of Tywyn.
The Welsh Assembly Government provided funding of £4.1m and European Regional Development Fund, £3.5m.
The Minster said:
“I am delighted to officially open this coastal defence scheme which will protect properties and support the town’s economy.
“If we are to adapt successfully to climate change, the way we manage our shores and rivers will be critical. Projects such as this do just that and help protect the local area, homes, businesses and jobs.
“Sustainable development is enshrined in all the Assembly Government does and I am delighted that this defence scheme has had minimal impact on key areas of Tywyn beach. At the same time it incorporates structures that can be adapted as impacts of climate change are realised.”
Gwynedd Council’s Portfolio Leader for Consultancy (major construction projects) Councillor Arwel Pierce said:
“This is a historic day for the Tywyn area. As a Council, we are delighted to see this long-awaited and important project completed for the benefit of local residents.
“New coastal defences are vitally important to protect homes and businesses - indeed we estimate that this project will reduce the risk of annual flooding for around 80 properties in the area, as well as guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of the area’s important tourism industry.”