Beach campaigners take to the streets

25 November 2011

THE Save Morfa Beach campaign will be taking their fight to the streets of Port Talbot tomorrow (Saturday, November 26) with a protest rally outside the civic centre.

Members and supporters will be meeting at 12.30pm to hand out leaflets and urge passers-by to join their bid to retain public access to the beach, which stretches from the deep harbour at the eastern end of Aberavon sands to the mouth of the Kenfig River. 

Campaigners spell out their message at an earlier protest.

The beach is owned by Tata Steel, which says it is hazardous. It is working with Neath Port Talbot Council to divert walkers to an area it says is safe via a new footpath, but residents say Morfa Beach has been used by walkers and surfers without problems for decades.

The council says that while the existing footpath heads towards the beach, it stops at a road owned by Tata and, while it does not connect to the sands, walkers have been making their own way to the beach even though there is no public access.

Campaigner Allen Blethyn said: “Saturday’s protest will show what Morfa Beach means to the people of Port Talbot.

“Time is running out, and if the people of our town don’t act our right to walk the Morfa Beach will be lost. I urge people to bring a friend along with them – and the kids.”

Tata Steel has said Morfa Beach is classed as a hazardous site.

“We’re working with the council to create a new footpath that will give access to the beach east of the mouth of the Kenfig River,” said a spokesman.



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