Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething has announced £2.9m from the Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basics capital fund will be shared among 18 projects that will help deliver small-scale infrastructure improvements in strategically important tourism locations across Wales.

The fund, which is supporting local authorities and national parks to deliver the improvements which will benefit both communities and visitors, will support projects to help alleviate pressure in areas that are seeing increased visitor numbers.

Brilliant Basics will also support projects to improve accessibility to sites and projects that make their destinations more environmentally sustainable.

Funding will enable the completion of the Porthcawl Cycle Scheme, which will link the cycle route from Rest Bay, to Harbourside, and the Town Centre to Trecco Bay. 

Trecco Bay

Improved access will be seen at selected beaches in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for wheelchair users that will provide a walkway across the sand, a portable changing structure with hoist and beach wheelchairs. The project will also see boardwalk access at Poppit Sands and the creation of a new viewing platform, with an e-bike hire pilot scheme run in St David’s.

Amenities will be upgraded for both visitors and the local communities at Wepre Country Park and Greenfield Valley, two of Flintshire’s most popular heritage green spaces. Facilities will include improved toilet provision, including a Changing Places toilets and accessible play equipment.

During visit to Swansea, Mumbles and Gower for Wales Tourism Week, the Economy Minister visited Down to Earth who were successful in obtaining Brilliant Basics funding last year.  The Minister visited the award-winning Social Enterprise’s Murton site – which has 100% renewable electricity, heating and hot water and with the Brilliant Basics is now Gower’s first 50kW Rapid EV charge point.

Mark McKenna, co-founder/director from Down to Earth told us……

“It is vital to improve the electric vehicle infrastructure on Gower and Swansea to encourage green tourism and improve air quality.  With the entire electricity for the rapid and fast charge points coming from community-owned, Gower renewable energy, it also demonstrates how we can locally improve energy resilience through 100% renewables!”

Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said……

“We’re very aware of the important part that local tourism amenities have on someone’s overall experience when on a day trip or on holiday. These facilities often go unnoticed, but they are an important part of people’s experiences when they visit Wales, while also benefit those who live in the area.

“The £2.9m in new funding I’m announcing today will go to projects which will help us make our destinations more accessible and more sustainable, and to grow tourism for the good of Wales.”

Gwynedd Council has secured funding to develop their Aros-fan project which will upgrade assets such as public car parks in 6 destinations across Gwynedd to develop a network of locations that will create legitimate provision for ‘overnight’ parking and sleeping throughout the year for the purpose of motor homes in the county.

Dafydd Williams is Head of Environment for Gwynedd Council who welcomed the funding, he told us…..

“Gwynedd Council has undertaken significant research into motor homes in the county and has listened to the views of communities, motor home owners and camp site operators in order to understand illegal or inappropriate overnight stays within the county.

“Through the Brilliant Basics funded project we will pilot a network of up to 6 ‘Aros-fan’ sites across Gwynedd which will provide appropriate over-night provision for motor homes and campervans with their own on board facilities.”

Sioned Williams, Head of Economy and Community for Gwynedd Council added…..

“In order to support the local economy, all 6 sites will be located within walking distance to key towns and destinations, will have basic services and will operate a strict 48 hour maximum stay. 

“Although these facilities will not be operational this summer, we hope that all relevant infrastructure will be in place by Spring 2023. If the pilot proves successful – the Council may consider the development of further Aros-fan facilities in the county in the future”.

This is the entire list of projects and the grant award they received……..

Organisation NameProject Name and descriptionGrant Award
Brecon Beacons NPAAccess for all at the National Park Visitor Centre.Facilities will include disabled Changing Places and Toilet, parking spaces and an all-terrain mobility scooter for hire117,565.00
Powys CCPowys Visitor Experience Improvement Project.The Project focuses on three key visitor locations in Powys; Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Lake Vyrnwy.  Each location will make improvements enabling visitors to orientate themselves more effectively upon arrival in the areas, and more easily locate and access key visitor assets.210,400.00
Conwy CBCColwyn Bay Pier Benches.Seating will be provided on the recently refurbished pier to improve the experience for visitors and provide much needed seating for those with accessibility issues.32,000.00
Conwy CBCImprovements to maps, signage and visitor information at in Conwy and Llandudno21,200.00
Cyngor GwyneddAros-fanThe ‘Aros-fan’ project will upgrade assets such as public car parks in 6 destinations across Gwynedd to develop a network of locations that will create legitimate provision for ‘overnight’ parking and sleeping throughout the year for the purpose of motor homes in Gwynedd.240,000.00
Cyngor GwyneddParc Gwledig Padarn, Llanberis.The project will make improvements to the car park at Glyn area and include EV charging points, cycle shelters, outdoor equipment washing area and groundworks. 250,000.00
Denbighshire CCEnhance Riverside Park (Llangollen)Improvements will be made to this popular destination and include mini golf, play equipment, green Infrastructure including E-bike charging points, water play infrastructure, bandstand seating, interpretation boards          and ramped access between levels of the park.200,000.00
Flintshire CCParks for All.The Parks for All project will upgrade and improve amenities for both visitors and the local communities at Wepre Country Park and Greenfield Valley, two of Flintshire’s most popularheritage green spaces. Facilities will include improved toilet provision, including a Changing Places toilets and accessible play equipment.196,000.00
Isle of Anglesey CCMôn Coastal Gateways.The project will support the delivery of the Môn Coastal Gateways project which includes EV charging points, electric bike chargers, bicycle storage and improvements to infrastructure works including digital Interpretation and recycling facilities.248,000.00
Snowdonia NPAImprovement to Morfa Mawddach, GwyneddThe project will see much needed improvements to this popular site and includes car park improvements, refurbishment of the  public toilet facilities, EV and bike charge points72,000.00
Bridgend CBCSustainable Bridgend County Coast PathFunding will enable the completion of the Porthcawl Cycle Scheme which will link the cycle route from Rest Bay, to Harbourside, and the Town Centre to Trecco Bay.  Smart recycle bins will also be located along the route.52,000.00
Monmouthshire CCTintern WelcomeTintern Welcome will deliver improvements to the visitor experience at key arrival points at Tintern including the Abbey, car parks, the village centre bus stops and at the new arrival point where the Wye Valley Greenway (walking and cycling route) enters the village.250,000.00
Carmarthenshire CCBurry Port east car park development.Improvements will include accessible parking zone with disabled parking bays, additional EV points, E-bike charging facilities, 6 daytime Motorhome parking zones, smart bins, new signage and a sustainable drainage system.248,000.00
Neath Port Talbot CBCMargam Country Park EV Charging and Public FacilitiesThe project includes EV charging infrastructure and the refurbishment of public convenience facilities at the Castle Courtyard.250,000.00
Pembrokeshire CCPublic Convenience enhancements to improve inclusivity at Whitesands Beach.Redesign existing public conveniences at Whitesands Beach to include the provision of a Changing Places Toilet and Family Room. A water refill station will also be installed together with enhancements to the interior and exterior appearance of the facility to improve visitor experience.158,900.00
Pembrokeshire CCTenby Beach Access Enhancements.Access improvements to steps, handrails and access boardwalks at North, Castle & South beaches in Tenby.42,000.00
Pembrokeshire Coast NPAGwnewch y pethau bychain.Improved access will be seen at selected beaches in Pembrokeshire for wheelchair users that will provide a walkway across the sand, a portable changing structure with hoist and beach wheelchairs. The project will also see boardwalk access at Poppit Sands and the creation of a new viewing platform. In addition an E-bike hire pilot scheme will run in St David’s.160,688.00
Swansea CouncilChanging Places at Rhossili and Mumbles.Installation of pre-fabricated Changing Places toilet facilities at Rhossili & Mumbles.148,576.00
  2,897,329.00