THE future of the South Quay and tourism in Pembroke has been announced at an event today.

At the launch of the Visit Pembroke; Birthplace of a Dynasty event in Pembroke Castle, The Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire County Council made a commitment to the redevelopment of the South Quay.

Part of the commitment was to the development of a new Henry Tudor visitors centre in Pembroke, subject to a final business case and agreement with local stakeholders.

A feasibility study carried out on a Tudor visitors centre said that the Tudor brand had international appeal, but to be sustainable it must be "perfectly located" because Pembroke has a small residential market but a large leisure tourism one.

The county council has committed £1 million to the redevelopment and up to a further £3 million has been set aside through the Welsh Government's Targeted Regeneration Investment Programme, providing a total of £4 million in funding for the site.

Paul Miller, the Authority's Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, pledged his personal commitment to transforming the area and supporting Pembroke to develop.

Councillor Paul Miller said: "The redevelopment and improvement of this part of Pembroke is crucial for the regeneration of the town.

"I've been clear since my appointment to Cabinet that we will no longer be playing at economic development without either the political commitment or the resource to make a real difference to our communities.

"Instead we are going to commit and deliver.

"This is the first of what I hope will be a number of announcements which will demonstrate the real commitment of this administration to being proactive and to supporting our communities to develop and to thrive."

For more see next week's Western Telegraph.