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Preparations for Vetch demolition to start next week

PREPARATIONS for the demolition of Swansea's historic Vetch Field will begin next week.

image depicting Vetch Field

Preliminary measures to strip the famous old football ground and make it safe will start on Monday January 31 in advance of more major demolition works over the coming months.

Swansea Council has appointed the Cuddy Group to undertake the demolition and landscaping of the site.

The demolition phase is likely to last about four months. A planning application to landscape the site once it's been demolished has been submitted and, if approved, landscaping should be complete by the end of the summer.

The works are being made possible thanks to a £700,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly Government's Regeneration Area programme.

The Vetch site was initially put out to the marketplace in late 2009 but interest from developers in realising a masterplan prepared by Swansea Council for the land was limited because of the turbulent economic conditions.

This is why Swansea Council's Cabinet has now backed the revisiting of the masterplan before remarketing the site so a more viable scheme may be presented to developers in a bid to secure redevelopment in future.

Cllr Holley, Swansea Council Leader, said: "The Vetch made an enormous contribution to our proud sporting heritage in Swansea but it's lain dormant and become an eyesore since the opening of the state-of-the-art Liberty Stadium.

"We're delighted that the Welsh Assembly Government has allocated funds for its demolition because a landscaped site should make it easier to attract a developer for a regeneration scheme that will benefit the nearby community.

"Through the works we will keep residents in the Vetch area informed and every effort will be made to minimise disruption."

Jocelyn Davies AM, the Welsh Assembly Government's Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration, said: "Although the demolition of the Vetch will be a sad day for some, the site is in a prime location to provide much-needed affordable housing and green space.

"I'm delighted the funding we have provided through the Regeneration Area has enabled the first step towards creating vital new facilities to be taken."

A spokesperson for the Cuddy Group said: "We're honoured to be awarded this contract and to be involved in such an important project for the regeneration of Swansea city centre.

"The demolition works will mark the start of the of redevelopment project and we look forward to working closely with Swansea Council."

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