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Seafront plans shelved

PROPOSALS to develop a seafront plot of land in Swansea have been shelved.

The grassy piece of land on the Mumbles side of The West Cross Inn was one of five seafront sites being considered for potential development by Swansea Council.

No decisions have been made and the public have had a chance to have their say.

But deputy leader Clive Lloyd said the authority was no longer minded to press ahead with the West Cross site.

Cllr Lloyd said: “We are really pleased with the way the public have engaged in the consultation on the foreshore sites.

“We’ve had some great feedback and lots of ideas so the consultation has been really worthwhile.

“However, given the sensitivities raised about the site on the Mumbles side of the West Cross Inn, we are minded not to proceed with this site although we would welcome any ideas for small-scale community use of this lovely area.”

The other sites in question are the car park at the bottom of Sketty Lane, the Blackpill Lido, land around the skate ramp at West Cross, and two tennis courts at Langland.

Council chiefs have ruled out any high-rise development but said schemes such as cafes and restaurants, for example, could benefit tourists and residents.

They are seeking expressions of interest from potential commercial partners but do not intend to sell the sites.

The plans have been a big talking point in Swansea. Some people say the seafront should be left undisturbed while others say it needs something new.

One idea for the remaining West Cross site under consideration is a new skate park. It was put forward by Mumbles Community Council after it consulted its constituents.

Cllr Lloyd added: “We’ve been encouraged by the number and variety of ideas that have come forward, including those submitted by Mumbles Community Council for the skate park site which are really exciting.”

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