Visitors to a south Wales beach have been left baffled by the installation of railings around a seafront bench. The new safety rail is meant to prevent people sitting on the bench on the coastal path between Pink Bay and Rest Bay in Porthcawl.
Bridgend council said they were installed to stop people using the path after
it was damaged by recent storms. The path was closed earlier this year after large parts of it were ripped
apart or weakened by the severe weather.
Signs are in place warning people not to use the path
because parts of it were unsafe and a gate at the Porthcawl end has been
locked. But it can still be accessed from the beach. A spokesman for the council said the railings were installed for public
"The positioning of this safety rail obviously looks unusual, but it was to
try and stop people from sitting on the bench, and walking in front of it too,
as this is an area of the path that is particularly unstable and likely to
collapse, causing further damage," he said.