Wednesday 7 June 2006

New Pub for Aber!

+++Below is from the Cambrian news+++

Fifty new hotel jobs but design under fire

07 June 2012

OVER 50 jobs will be created in Aberystwyth after a pub and hotel criticised as looking “like Crossroads motel” got the go-ahead.

The new Marston’s 26-bed development which will be built at Parc y Llyn between the Welsh Government offices and the Mudiad Ysgol Meithrin is expected to be open by 2013.

After extensive negotiations over the design with planning officers going back before Christmas, the plan finally went before the council’s planning committee last week where it was hotly debated.
Aberystwyth Cllr Alun Williams dismissed the design at a county council planning committee meeting as looking like “Crossroads motel” from the famous TV soap series, or “something you’d find on the outskirts of Miami”.

And fellow Aberystwyth Cllr Mark Strong questioned the economic benefit to Ceredigion of building a pub and hotel on an “important area of land” at the entrance to Aberystwyth. But Cllr Paul Hinge warned that “putting too many blocks in the way” at such a late stage would cause the developer to pull out.

Tina Moorhouse from Marston’s said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted in Aberystwyth. Over 50 full and part-time jobs will be created at the pub as a result.”

Saturday 1 April 2006

Latest news on the Bay/Y Bae


A brewery is to pay for a revamp of a closed hotel in Aberystwyth in a deal to give up the lease on the property.

Ceredigion council-owned Bay Hotel was leased to brewer SA Brain and Co, but it has been boarded up since June 2009. Last month, the council threatened to repair the building and recover the costs from the brewer. But the council has now said that officials have reached agreement with the brewer. Brain's has been asked to comment. Ceredigion's cabinet committee was told on Tuesday that the council will now be considering what to do with the property, which is in a prominent position on Aberystwyth's northern promenade. Cabinet members heard that the firm had agreed to surrender its leasehold interest for a "one-off premium payable" to the county council.

"The payment will release SA Brain and Co from any further obligations relating to the property and will cover the costs of the necessary remedial works; the loss of rental income to the county council; the payment of all outstanding invoices and professional fees in regard to the property," said a council statement.

Council highways and property officials are preparing a list of works needed to "safeguard the integrity" of the building and to "improve its visual appearance". Last month, a Ceredigion council report said Brain's had "expressed reluctance" to carry out repairs to the prime seafront property once popular with young people in the town.

It said the building had been deteriorating and urgent action was needed to protect the "council's freehold interest". In April, a spokesperson for the brewer said: "SA Brain & Co Ltd have been proactively driving the dialogue with Ceredigion County Council for several years in an attempt to find a solution that works for all parties involved."


BRAINS BREWERY is set to be slapped with a bill for repairs to the vacant Bay Hotel in Aberystwyth after council chiefs decided to push ahead with work after the brewery stalled.

The Bay has been left empty since June 2009 when Brains closed it suddenly, claiming it wasn’t commercially viable. Since then Brains has boarded up the prime sea-front building and talks between the brewery and the council have failed to reach an agreement on repairs to the building or the lease.

But council Cabinet members have agreed that repair work has to be carried out and have vowed to push ahead with the work before seeking to recover the costs from Brains when the work is finished.


Tuesday 17 January 2006

Has the Aber Vaults (nee Weston Vaults) changed again?

Well to my surprise I've had a comment purportedly from the pub's management (you can view it below) which tells me that Aber Vaults is under new management and has been refurbished (again?!). Anyhoo, apparently it's all change, so take my review with a pinch of salt until I (or one of my undercover agents) makes a visit...which given that all the students have buggered off until the end of September means it might be a while.

"the Aber Vaults has been change as well as Management. Place is fully refubrished and do not look like old Aber Vaults which your blog show. Can you plese remove this very old pictures and inapropiriate coments because its very harmful for Aber Vaults. You are welcome to have a look and make some picture of new Aber Vaults. As well as there is accomodation for student and B&B. Regard new management of Aber Vaults"