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Swansea cable car plan thumbs-up from Alun-Wyn

British and Irish Lions hero Alun-Wyn Jones has given the thumbs-up to plans that could see an iconic new tourist attraction developed on Swansea's Kilvey Hill.

Cable car Kilvey Hill

Skyline Enterprises, a New Zealand-based company, will soon start detailed design and legal discussions with Swansea Council for an attraction featuring a cable car ride, toboggan rides, zip wire rides, a viewing platform, a restaurant and an event venue.

After returning from the Lions tour to New Zealand in the summer, Ospreys and Wales second-row Alun-Wyn joined council leaders in accompanying representatives from Skyline Enterprises on a trip up the 193-metre tall Kilvey Hill. 

The trip was followed by a meeting at the Liberty Stadium where key figures from Swansea's business community met with the Skyline Enterprises team.

Alun-Wyn said: "Kilvey Hill has a lot of potential to become a tourist hotspot, so hearing that there's going to be further investigation into creating a tourist attraction there is very exciting.

"While potentially leading to a fantastic new attraction, these plans would also improve accessibility to Kilvey Hill, increasing opportunities for walkers, mountain bikers and the general public.

"Having been fortunate enough to visit Skyline attractions in both Rotorua and Queenstown, such an attraction here would be a great coup for Swansea, helping utilise one of the city's biggest landmarks, which enjoys fantastic views over Swansea Bay."

Skyline Enterprises will now work closely with Swansea Council on terms for an agreement that will go to the council's cabinet and Skyline's board of directors for approval.

The council will also continue to liaise with other landowners at Kilvey Hill and other relevant parties to help secure an agreement.

Once the agreement is in place, Skyline Enterprises will start work on a major application for planning approval. The scheme would be funded entirely by private money - with no funding required from council taxpayers.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "We'd like to thank Alun-Wyn and all the Swansea businesses who helped facilitate the Skyline visits to the city. Their support was invaluable, helping encourage Skyline's board to give the green light to legal and design discussions with the council for an attraction that would be among the most iconic in Wales.

"Shortly after returning from drawing a series against the All Blacks with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand, Alun-Wyn's involvement in helping host the company in Swansea was massively appreciated. He's a fantastic ambassador for our city."

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