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Aberavon Beach, Port Talbot

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Aberavon Beach, also known as Aberavon Sands is three-mile stretch of sandy beach located on the north-eastern edge of Swansea Bay in Sandfields, Port Talbot, Wales. With its high breaker waves, it is popular with surfers. Aberavon Beach was awarded Blue Flag status in December 2007 and features in the Good Beach Guide published by the Marine Conservation Society.A traditional "bucket and spade" resort for the South Wales Valleys during the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Aberavon Beach was once an area of sand dunes known as Aberavon Burrows. Changing economic and social conditions led to the decline of the resort, but in 1998 the local authority published a strategy to improve the physical environment of the area and increase tourism. New facilities completed since then have included an amphitheatre, piazza and skateboard park, while a six-screen Reel Cinema opened next to the Afan Lido as part of a development called "Hollywood Park". However, associated plans for a bowling alley have failed to progress and restaurant franchises on the site have struggled, leading one businessman to claim that the seafront regeneration scheme has been a "white elephant".Concerns have been expressed about coastal erosion affecting Aberavon Beach and various other beaches in Swansea Bay.Afan Lido Fire and RegenerationIn December 2009, more than 100 firefighters tackled a fire at the Afan Lido after a blaze broke out at the pool. The fire at the lido broke through the roof and fire crews were unable to enter the building. Seventeen fire vehicles including three aerial appliances were at the scene and firefighters remained at the scene for some 32-hours after the fire broke out. At the time of the fire the lido was open but had just one person swimming. A lifeguard on duty spotted flames coming up from behind a fake rock feature and raised the alarm. There were no fatalities.
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  • Brilliant walking along promanade. Really clean. Cafes there and new fish and chip shop. New crazy golf and swimming pool.Would recommend for day out.  more »
  • Modernised Clean and spacious.Catering well for young children with coffee and restaurants for adults.Afan Lido swimming pool and Cinema  more »
  • Went here Saturday April 8th Beautiful day sunny warm clean sand cold sea all the making of a great day. Plenty of parking on the front or in the car parks around. Things to do 1 mini golf 2 two parks...  more »