People are being asked to have their say on how the waters around Porthcawl Harbour should be used in the future.

A consultation currently underway invites views on the issues arising at the harbour and whether local byelaws which date back to 1953 should be updated for modern use.

If updated or new byelaws are adopted, they would cover the following areas:-

  • Berthing
  • Navigation
  • Fishing
  • Parking
  • Bathing and diving
  • Lock gates
  • Slipway
  • Shoreline restrictions
  • Waste
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Penalties


Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Stuart Baldwin said: “This is a busy, hugely popular part of Porthcawl, with not only the main approach in and out of the marina and the launching area for the busiest inshore lifeguard station in Wales but also the waters are used to host activities such as fishing, water-skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming and more.

“The nearby breakwater also has a reputation for ‘tomb stoning’ where people leap from the wall into the water, often without realising that there is a concrete ramp hidden below the surface at high tide.

“Recognising the popularity and increased uses of Porthcawl Harbour, this consultation will establish whether it is necessary to update or adopt new byelaws ensuring they remain fit for purpose and keep people safe within a very busy marine environment.

“In addition to engaging with local key stakeholders such as the Porthcawl RNLI, Harbour Boating Club and National Coastwatch Institution, we’re seeking your views so please take the time to have your say on this important matter.”

The consultation which opened in August ends on Friday, November 14 2021.

For more information and to complete the survey online, head to the council’s website. Alternative formats are also available upon request.