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Step forward for city centre and waterfront digital districts plan in Swansea

Innovative plans to transform parts of Swansea's waterfront and city centre into cutting edge digital districts have taken a major step forward.

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An advanced draft of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District business plan has now been sent to the Welsh Government and UK Government for their consideration, with formal submission of a final business case soon set to follow.
 
To be funded by the £1.3bn City Deal investment the Swansea Bay City Region secured from the UK Government, the project is one of 11 across Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot that will boost the regional economy by £1.8bn, create 10,000 jobs and generate more skills and opportunities for local people than ever before.
 
The Swansea project is made up of a digital village and tech quarter on Kingsway in Swansea city centre, which would provide flexible and affordable office space for new and growing technology businesses, as well as a 'box village' on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's SA1 waterfront development that would create incubation spaces and co-working areas for start-ups and small businesses.
 
City Deal money would also be used to digitise the indoor arena planned for the LC car park site, meaning the attraction could accommodate state-of-the-art conferences and event spaces for tech industries and universities, thanks to the availability of world class internet speeds.
 
Cllr Rob Stewart, Lead Leader for the Swansea Bay City Region, said: "Considerable progress has been made on the City Deal since the Swansea Bay City Region secured this unprecedented investment for South West Wales from the UK Government about 10 months ago.

"Over 50% of the business plans have now been submitted to both the UK and Welsh Governments for their consideration, which shows how determined we are to deliver on our promise to benefit people across South West Wales as soon as possible.
 
"We also soon expect a joint working agreement for the City Deal to be approved by all four Swansea Bay City Region councils, along with the setting-up of a joint committee that will allow us to access the first part of the City Deal investment from April this year.
 
"Other imminent progress includes the expected appointment later this month of a chairperson for the City Deal's economic strategy board, with this funding sure to act as a catalyst for even more investment in coming years."
 
In Carmarthenshire, projects including a life sciences and well-being village at Delta Lakes in Llanelli are in the pipeline, as well the 'Yr Egin' creative and digital cluster in Carmarthen. In Pembrokeshire, a marine project is planned that will regenerate an area of Pembroke Dock into a base for marine energy developers, with a Homes as Power Stations project earmarked for Neath Port Talbot that would include new technology allowing houses to generate, store and release energy, helping people save money on their fuel bills.
 
Cllr Stewart said: "No part of the Swansea Bay City Region will be left behind by our plans, which will revolutionise the way sectors like energy, health care, life sciences and manufacturing are delivered across South West Wales through investment in world class digital infrastructure and next generation wireless networks."


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