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Caswell leading the way for accessible tourism

One of Swansea's most popular beaches is to become even more welcoming to visitors with severely limited mobility.

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Caswell Bay will soon benefit from new facilities to give more people access to its natural attractions.

Its new Changing Places facilities will be the first of their kind on Gower. They are specifically designed for people with profound physical or learning disabilities as well as other disabilities that severely limit mobility.

The innovation - from Swansea Council - builds on other recent good news as Caswell, Langland and Port Eynon beaches were all recently awarded Blue Flag status for 2019.

The Blue Flag Award is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe. This year is even more special as 2019 also marks half a century since Swansea was granted city status.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "The forthcoming improvements to Caswell Bay will be very welcome indeed, especially to those with a disability.

"The self-contained Changing Places unit is fitted with ceiling hoist, changing bench shower and toilet to enable changing and washing in a clean and safe environment.  

"Floating wheelchairs will be available at Caswell to allow disabled visitors access the water."

These improvements are partly financed by the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020. This is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Welsh Government.

The council is working with Surfability UK and local tourism businesses to deliver this project.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: "The council has a long-standing commitment to introducing Changing Places facilities and this joint effort is a great example of partnership working between various council teams and Caswell businesses to add a major new asset to the community. It's already one of our most accessible beaches - great for families and surfing.

"Gower's beaches are vitally important to our visitor economy; they're one of the main reasons why people come here.

"Annual investment helps ensure locals and visitors can enjoy clean, safe and beautiful beaches all year-round and we are delighted to continue flying these Blue Flags."

Swansea Marina retained its status as one of Wales' few Blue Flag Marinas this year.

Bracelet Bay received the sought-after Green Coast Award. This recognises hidden gems with excellent water quality and unspoiled environment, but without the infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with traditional seaside resorts.

Have a look at our dedicated beaches web page for more information on our fantastic selection of beaches and bays around Swansea Bay.

Photo John Morrison, left, in a floating wheelchair similar to those soon to be available at Caswell, and Kai Lewis in a beach wheelchair, with Ben Clifford, of Gower-based Surfability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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