A SECTION of Gower’s coast path could be re-routed to avoid potential danger due to a chasm below.
An officer from Swansea Council’s countryside team has inspected a gaping hole near a stretch of the path between Pwll Du and Brandy Cove, on the south coast.
Concerns had been raised after a kayaker shared an image of the chasm, which most walkers above would be unaware of.
In an email seen by the Local Democracy Reporter Service, the council officer said older photos of the hole suggested it had not got bigger since at least 2017.
He said that although the coast path above looked stable, the matter needed to be addressed sooner rather than later as it was a potential threat.
The officer has proposed consulting a geologist and re-routing the path inland by a few meters.
Cllr Lyndon Jones, whose Bishopston ward encompasses the section of path in question, said: “I will be pushing the council to undertake this work as soon as possible because the footpath is well used by local people and visitors to the area.”
The 39-mile Gower coast path runs from Crofty in the north, past Rhossili in the west, and back across to Mumbles, and is a huge draw for tourists.
The section above the chasm is part of a designated site of special scientific interest, so Natural Resources Wales would need to be consulted.
The council’s countryside officer indicated that a contractor could potentially be on site early in the autumn.
Cabinet member for environment enhancement and infrastructure management, Cllr Mark Thomas, said: “We are obviously concerned whenever any erosion takes place.
“We will be working towards repairing this section of path in conjunction with partners as soon as is practical.”
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