blank
Connect with us

Swansea

Plasmarl’s Montana Park latest Swansea play area upgrade

Published

on

Children in Plasmarl have given a big thumbs up to a newly upgraded play area at Montana Park.

This year each ward in Swansea is being given at least £36,000 to invest in new play equipment or to carry out repairs to existing facilities as part of a major investment of more than £2m by Swansea Council.

The upgrade at Montana Park is the latest of nine parks to be officially opened with pupils from nearby Brynhyfryd Primary School coming along to try out the new equipment.

Among the features on offer to youngsters is a multi-use games area, a multiplay area including a slide, a seesaw and swings.

Robert Francis Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Children’s play areas are a key part of our communities, enabling young children to have fun and play in a safe environment.

“The funding we have agreed as part of the budget will ensure that these play areas all across the city will be upgraded and give families with young children the opportunity to have fun and take part in healthy outdoor activities for years to come.”

Advertisement

The city is home to 86 playgrounds where children can play safely and have fun. Some are in need of much needed upgrades while others have recently been installed as part of major developments such as new school builds.

Under the latest scheme, nine have been completed with more due to open in the next few months.

Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Improvement and Performance said: “I’m really pleased to see the new playground in Montana Park and delighted to see how much the pupils enjoyed themselves.

“Every ward in Swansea will benefit from what we are doing and we will be working with local ward members in each community to ensure the funding is directed towards those play areas that will benefit from this additional investment.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

Advertisement
Advertisement
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Pingback: Mayhill, Morriston, Pennard, Cwmbwrla and Mynyddbach next Swansea parks to get upgraded play areas – Swansea Bay News

Leave a Reply

Clydach

Historic Clydach canal towpath given new lease of life as cycle and walking route

Published

on

By

Nearly one and half kilometres of historic canal tow path in Swansea has been given a new lease of life as a new walking and cycling route.

The route in the Swansea community of Clydach, has been topped with a new accessible two metre wide tarmac surface to create a new shared use path for walkers and cyclists. The path forms part of the national cycle network, known as NCN43.

Advertisement

Swansea Council has completed the upgrade to the path following discussions with the Rivers and Canal Trust and after receiving funding through the Welsh Government’s sustainable transport scheme – Active Travel.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “Our aim to widen the existing path along the canal and provide an improved surface for walkers and cyclists is now complete and is a vast improvement for the many residents and visitors that use the route.

“We worked with the Canal and River Trust to make this route a safer and an even more popular walking and cycling route. The completed improvements now link up with the similar works completed by the neighbouring local authority along their section, boosting regional benefits between Swansea and Neath & Port Talbot.”

The quarter of a million pound investment in Clydach was included in a wider list of schemes after Swansea received more than £4million of funding to create new walking and cycling routes in the city during 2021/22.

Further funding (£245,000) will also help create a new 1.4 km link between the communities of Clydach and Craig Cefn Parc.

Advertisement

Other routes currently under construction include a 900metre shared use path along Clasemont Road in Morriston. A new route in Townhill – known as the Ravine, is also nearing completion and zig zags along the mountainside for 1.4km.

Work has also started on further routes in Morriston and along Jersey Road in Bonymaen – all providing vital links to existing walking and cycling networks.

Cllr Thomas added: “We’re getting on with creating more accessible walking and cycling routes all across the city, ensuring these routes can provide a welcome alternative to using a car to get around, particularly on short journeys where walking and cycling can be beneficial.

“Expanding our network of walking and cycling routes so more communities are linked up is a key aim to encourage more residents to travel in a more sustainable way.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Business

Free marketing support helping hundreds of Swansea tourism businesses

Published

on

By

Close to 200 tourism businesses in Swansea are now being given a helping hand to raise their profile across the UK and beyond, thanks to free marketing support.

An £80,000 Swansea Council scheme means that fees will be waived again – for a third year – so tourism and hospitality businesses can continue to feature on the official Visit Swansea Bay destination website at no cost until March 2023. 

Advertisement

These businesses can also benefit from a series of marketing campaigns designed to encourage new visitors to Swansea, Mumbles and Gower.

It’s one of many schemes being funded by the council’s £25m Economic Recovery Fund to support businesses and communities throughout Swansea to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.

Swansea Council has also offered tourism businesses the opportunity to improve their visitor offer with a Tourism Support Fund launched in October. This fund is now fully committed after a very positive response from local operators who wished to enhance their business in order to be able to attract more visitors.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Tourism makes a significant contribution to Swansea’s economy, so we’re determined to do all we can to support the sector during the extremely challenging times of the pandemic.

“Since we first waived fees at the beginning of the pandemic for tourism businesses to feature on visitswanseabay.com, over 70 additional businesses have signed up for the service. This means close to 200 tourism businesses are now benefitting from not just more exposure but also inclusion in our year-long destination marketing campaigns, including new social media and video on demand TV advertising referring back to the website for more information.

Advertisement

“Figures show the Visit Swansea Bay website generates many millions of views a year, so this presents a great opportunity for tourism businesses to further raise their profile as we head towards the critically important Easter and summer seasons for the tourism sector.”

Businesses benefitting from the website fee waiving include the El Pescador Restaurant and Bar on Trawler Road, as well as the King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston, Gower.

King Arthur Hotel

Carly Shapton, of the King Arthur Hotel, said: “Given the impact Coronavirus has had on hospitality since March 2020, the support from Swansea Council through waiving the Visit Swansea Bay partnership fees has been very much appreciated.  

“The weekly email updates, press and journalist visits, and in particular the ‘late availability’ section on the Visit Swansea Bay website, have been very useful. This has given our business an extra boost during what have been a difficult few years.”

Swansea Council has now committed over £13.6m to more than 50 projects as part of its Economic Recovery Fund. Other schemes covered by the fund include free bus travel initiatives, the provision of free outside public space use for businesses to expand, and the installation of extra Christmas lights in the city centre over the festive period.

Also covered by the fund is a new Energy Awareness Hub on Nelson Street. Commissioned by the council and run by the Environment Centre, the hub aims to help local people cut their fuel bills by providing free, accessible and independent support.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Business

Swansea investment management firm second award in 4 months

Published

on

By

Swansea-based Crossing Point Investment Management has been crowned best ESG Investment Management Firm in the UK Finance Awards 2021.

This is the company’s second award win in four months, after it was crowned best discretionary fund manager (DFM) for the South West and Wales region in the 2021 Citywire Adviser Choice Awards in September.

Advertisement
Tomiko Evans

Founded in 2018, Crossing Point manages clients’ investment portfolios using various strategies. Its Green Path portfolios, which won it the award, focus on investments guided by environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

Crossing Point’s investment strategies are rooted in academic research carried out by Tomiko Evans, the firm’s managing director and chief investment officer, and Crossing Point’s investment manager Mike Buckle, who is a Professor of Finance at Swansea University.

The UK Finance Awards, hosted by SME News, champion and recognise those in the financial services sector who have shown industry excellence over the past year.

Now in its third consecutive year, the awards focus on small and medium sized companies in the sector. The winners are chosen on merit alone.

Tomiko Evans, managing director and chief investment officer and Crossing Point Investment Management, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award, which highlights our commitment to providing ethical investment options for our clients.

“Socially responsible investment (SRI) and the use of ESG investment criteria to guide investments has moved into the mainstream.

Advertisement

“There is now overwhelming evidence that sustainable investment can deliver comparable returns with traditional investments and offer opportunities for outperformance based on reduced risk.

“This award recognises the importance of this growing sector, and our place within it.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2021 Swansea Bay News