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Mumbles sea defence work set to start on site soon

Construction work is due to start on Mumbles' major new sea defences in the next few weeks.

How Hennebont Gardens will look

How Hennebont Gardens will look

The project, driven by Swansea Council, will help protect homes, businesses and people from rising sea levels for decades to come. It also aims to improve Mumbles as a destination, with new lighting, bins, seating and better links to Mumbles Road.

Work will see parts of the prom closed to the public in a phased manner throughout the work, expected to take around 18 months.

Access to homes and businesses will remain throughout and it is planned that - after talks between the council and main contractor - work next to businesses abutting the prom will not take place in the peak tourist season.

Construction noise is likely throughout the major project although it is planned that this will be in daytime where possible.

The main contractor is due to move on site soon, initially setting up a compound close to the prom and the Oyster House hotel.

The council and its contractors plan to keep the public and businesses informed with face-to-face drop-in sessions, newsletters, and updates online and in the press.

Last month council officers updated a number of businesses close to the prom and some community groups. Regular updates will follow.

Council cabinet Andrew Stevens said: "We're addressing the condition of the Mumbles seawall and the community's long-term flood risk.

"Visual improvements will create a greener, sustainable and attractive waterfront - an asset to the local community and an attraction for visitors.

"The aim is to be sensitive to Mumbles as a seaside visitor destination while protecting people and property."

Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change Julie James said: "As we address the climate emergency, I am pleased to be providing Swansea Council with 85% of the funding for these works through our Coastal Risk Management Programme.

"Coastal communities must adapt to rising sea levels and this scheme will help do just that, by improving the flood and coastal erosion protection to around 130 properties in Mumbles."

Some existing defences are in a poor condition and at risk of flooding. The flood risk level is expected to increase in the future due to predicted sea level rises.

A lack of action would put a number of homes and businesses at risk of flooding.

The 1.2km project - from Knab Rock slipway to Oystermouth Square - has been shaped with the help of extensive public consultation. The plans show more space for pedestrians and cyclists to share the prom with care, the protection of trees and more opportunities for play and relaxation.

Full plans - www.bit.ly/MSDplanapp

Image: How part of the Mumbles Prom could soon look in the Hennebont Gardens area.