A NEW gateway onto the Wales Coastal Path will be created in Newport if plans get the go-ahead this week.

Newport City Council’s planning committee will discuss plans to set up a new ‘visitor gateway’ to the public right of way, which runs 870 miles from Chepstow to Queensferry, at a meeting on Wednesday, October 4.

The plans involve creating a new oak timber interpretation shelter at the car park of the Lighthouse Inn in Beach Road, St Brides, as well as other interpretation features and a new kissing gate, as well as cycle parking.

The project is being planned by the Living Levels Partnership thanks to a £2.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A report to be presented to committee members said: “The proposed development seeks to improve and enhance access to the All Wales Coastal Path.

“The existing environment is fairly neglected and as such the proposals to improve the area with good quality materials which respect its countryside setting are welcomed.

“The proposals would improve the existing reen bridge by removing overgrown vegetation, unattractive corrugated steel fencing and replacing it with a timber hand rail and an enlarged kissing gate.

“The proposals would encourage greater use of the access onto the coastal footpath and provide a designation point for visitors which would also be to the benefit of the existing Lighthouse Inn.”

To view the full application visit newport.gov.uk/planning and search for 17/0705.