Plans to bring boating back to Llandrindod Lake have received a major funding boost, Powys council has announced.
The authority is to receive a £126,00 grant to enhance the Lake Park and support business opportunities in the area. The grant is funded by the European Union through the Welsh Government’s Rural Community Development Plan with the council putting in an additional £31,600.
As well as being used to provide moorings, a boat hire kiosk and other infrastructure needed for boating the cash will be used to give the water beast sculpture a facelift and support other enhancement in the area.
Its feared the sculpture could sink to the bottom of the lake without new supports.
Councillor Martin Weale, Powys council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said the money will restore facilities that made the area a tourist attraction.
He said: "The lake and surrounding area are important tourist facilities for Llandrindod Wells and mid Powys and this grant will provide a huge boost to their business prospects.
"This exciting project will enhance the Lake Park area, support business opportunities and stimulate future developments, including bringing boating back to the lake in a sympathetic way that does not interfere with the wildlife.
"It will provide the infrastructure needed to bring boating back to the lake, with moorings, floating barriers to mark permitted areas, storage of boats and a kiosk for hiring. It will enhance the existing pathway to the west of the lake, which runs behind the Lakeside Restaurant to Grosvenor Road to join National Cycle Route 825 – known as the Radnor Ring.
"The project also includes plans to make more of the nearby amphitheatre by replacing the existing wooden seating and providing a shelter to protect it from the elements. The lake fabulous water beast will get a facelift. After 10 years of standing centre stage the sculpture needs new supports or risks being lost to the town."
Belinda Davies, the owner of the Lakeside Restaurant, said she will pleased to see boating brought back: "I think it will be great to bring the boats back and kids will love it and it will bring more families up as well and I hope it will be good for my business."