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Swansea seafront: have your say

We would like to gather initial views on several areas of council-owned land along the seafront.

The public often tell us there should be more facilities for them along the seafront and especially on the promenade between the city centre and Mumbles.

You now have an opportunity to tell us how you think these sites could be used in the coming years.
We are looking for ideas that enhance the area whilst protecting our natural environment. We are not looking for over-development of the seafront, so we are seeking ideas that are sympathetic and in keeping with the wonderful bay. 

There are no proposals for any of these sites so we are starting with a blank piece of paper. 

Have a look at the FAQs here

The sites we'd like views on are: 

  • Sketty Lane car park
  • Blackpill Lido 
  • Land around the skate ramp, West Cross
  • Land on the Mumbles side of the West Cross Inn
  • Part of the Langland tennis courts still managed by Swansea Council

Have your say on Swansea seafront now

Please tell us your views by 5.00pm on 10 June 2019.


 Images and maps of each area

Sketty Lane car park 

PDF Document Sketty Lane car park map (PDF, 522KB)Opens new window

Sketty Lane car park

 

Blackpill Lido

PDF Document Blackpill map (PDF, 474KB)Opens new window

Blackpill

 

Land around the skate ramp, West Cross

PDF Document West Cross around skate park map (PDF, 425KB)Opens new window

Site next to skate ramp

 

Land on the Mumbles side of the West Cross Inn

PDF Document Land adjacent to West Cross Inn map (PDF, 447KB)Opens new window

Site next to West Cross Inn

 

Part of the Langland tennis courts still managed by Swansea Council

PDF Document Part of Langland Bay tennis courts map (PDF, 822KB)Opens new window

Langland Bay


FAQs

Are you selling valuable land just for the council to profit?

No. The council plans to maintain ownership of these sites but would like to generate new income from them. The council needs money to run services for all its residents; our services include social services, education, road maintenance, waste collection and council housing. Most of that money comes from the council tax and from government funding - but that latter annual funding has fallen substantially in the past few years. To make up for that shortfall we need to become increasingly commercial in our approach - without that services would be threatened. One way of doing that is making the land we own deliver more revenue. Working with partners to produce ongoing revenue from our land would be an efficient way of generating such revenue. The approach accords with the Local Government Act 1972 concerning obligations to generate best value for council assets. Development of land, council or otherwise, ensures vitality, regeneration and the provision of facilities that all residents and visitors to Swansea can enjoy.

Does this mean Swansea will end up with a seafront packed with development?

No. We don't see these seafront sites as areas for high-rise development. We're looking for ideas which would be on a smaller scale and which would make the prom a more attractive place to visit for locals and tourists. We want to hear about ideas for considerate development that would enhance the bay as opposed to over-development.

Does this mean these facilities will be lost to local people forever?

No. No decisions have yet been taken. We wouldn't make any decisions without first considering the needs of the people who use these areas as they are now. This is a sounding exercise to test the market in a non-committal way. We're at an exceptionally early stage and this initial process. No decisions have yet been made.

Why are you putting the interests of business before the people of Swansea?

We're not. We want to make the seafront more attractive to local people and to visitors who will utilise these businesses. We want them to be able to make use of it in the ways they want - in a way that benefits the whole city by making the seafront accessible, by creating jobs and by generating income for the council and business.

Have decisions already been made?

No. There are no plans for any of these sites right now. We're starting with a blank piece of paper and want to hear what the public and developers have to say; the thoughts of all will be greatly valued.

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