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Your chance to explore Morriston chapel that's Wales's favourite place of worship

Plans to sustain a building that's just been voted Wales's favourite place of worship will soon be made available.

Tabernacle chapel

An open day is taking place at Tabernacle Chapel in Morriston from 10am to 6pm on Thursday September 14 that will also include presentations, workshops and a walking tour.

The grade one listed building on Woodfield Street, which opened in 1870, was named last week as the country's favourite church or chapel in a competition organised by Sacred Wales.

Swansea Council officers will also be on hand during the open day, seeking people's views on a review that's recently been carried out of the conservation area in Morriston.

The conservation area, first designated in 1975, is aimed at better protecting Morriston's history and character in coming years. Its review includes a draft management plan looking at ways the town's buildings of heritage value, including Tabernacle Chapel, can best be sustained in future.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "The open day will be a terrific opportunity to discover Wales's favourite place of worship and see plans to sustain the building, while also finding out about our proposals to preserve Morriston's heritage in future.

"Dating back to the 1780s, Morriston was the first planned industrial settlement in Wales, so there are many historic points of interest in the local area. As well as Tabernacle Chapel, these include Philadelphia Chapel, St John's Church, the old police station on Banwell Street, the Morfydd Street canal bridge, Seion Chapel, Libanus Chapel and the old market hall.

"An improved conservation area in Morriston would help identify potential funding opportunities for regenerating historically significant buildings of this kind, while also better informing planning decisions in future.

"We've already had feedback on our review of the conservation area at events including Morriston Market, but we'd like as many views as possible, with consultation running until Sunday October 8."

The review covers changes to the conservation area's boundaries, as well as opportunities in future to recover and preserve traditional shops fronts in places like Woodfield Street.

All feedback during consultation will help inform a revised Morriston conservation area document that will go to the council's planning committee for consideration.

Head to www.swansea.gov.uk/morristonconservationarea for more information or to give your views online. 


 

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