MORE than 500 formal responses were given to a Swansea Council survey on plans to create a community hub in an existing city-centre building.
The responses were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposals and illustrated those key elements to consider include making the venue as accessible as possible, having it in the right location and having internet access.
The council aims to create a multi-purpose venue to boost community cohesion, opportunities for self-development and growth, digital inclusion, well-being, and unity.
What! Stores (the former BHS), on Oxford Street, has been identified as a potential location as store owners recently told the council that they planned to vacate that site and focus their retail efforts at other Swansea locations.
Council leader Rob Stewart said:
“We want to create a new, more accessible modern library and a one-stop-shop for services delivered by the council and others. We want this hub to give residents better access to services than ever before.
“By repurposing the substantial former BHS building, we avoid the cost of building a new structure, reduce overheads and help revitalise the city centre that’s already undergoing a £1bn regeneration.”
The council plans to acquire the leasehold interest in the former BHS building and to refurbish the premises with the aim of opening as a community hub in 2023.
The council is analysing all survey responses and will use them to inform plans for the building.