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Grant acceptance is latest step in sea defences plan

Major work by Swansea Council to improve sea defences at Mumbles is to be boosted by a Welsh Government grant of more than £1.7m.

Mumbles Sea Wall

Mumbles Sea Wall

The funding will be used by the council to design defence improvements along a 1.2km stretch of seafront, from around Oyster Wharf to near Verdi's.

Public consultation on the scheme continued this year - with more to follow as plans progress.

The council's cabinet is due to discuss the grant when it meets on October 21.

Mark Thomas, cabinet member for environment enhancement and infrastructure management, said: "This grant - for just over £1,735,000 will cover the total funding for the design stage of this scheme.

"The improved sea defences will protect homes, businesses and leisure areas from the effects of rising seas for the foreseeable future.

"The views of the public and Mumbles organisations are important to us as we continue to plan this important work - and we'll continue to consult them.

"The feedback we had from the round of consultation staged earlier this year is helping us to understand and clarify perspectives from locals and interested groups. Their opinions will be taken into account in the design phase."

The Welsh Government Flood and Coastal Risk Management Programme presents the council with a chance to improve the seawall and address long-term flood risk affecting the community.

The Mumbles plans will also support the potential of future development and regeneration of the area.

The existing sea defences were built more than a century ago.

Amey developed initial revamp proposals following community engagement sessions held in 2019. This showed local recognition that the sea defences had to be upgraded.

This year, further consultation gathered feedback on the initial design proposals. The three-week consultation - with people, businesses and organisations across Mumbles - helped inform what the project will look like on the ground, ahead of a formal planning application expected to be submitted in the coming months.

Cllr Thomas said: "The aim with any new sea defences is to be sensitive to Mumbles as a seaside visitor destination while protecting people and property."

The council and consultants are working on a detailed design that will allow future improvements to the promenade and facilities along this part of the bay. They plan to let the public have their say in the coming weeks.

Photo: The Mumbles sea defences today.