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Historic canal route set to welcome more cyclists and walkers

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An historic canal route in Swansea, already popular with walkers and cyclists, is set to be upgraded.

Swansea Council has secured funding to upgrade a 1.4km section of towpath along Swansea Canal.

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The route between Clydach and Pontardawe is already part of the national cycle network (NCN 43) and sees many people using it to walk and travel by bicycle. Overgrown vegetation and an ageing surface under foot has prompted the council to seek further funding to make it more user-friendly.

A £250,000 investment via the Welsh Government Active Travel programme has now been secured and will result in a major upgrade to the route.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “Our aim will be to widen the existing path along the canal and provide an improved surface for walkers and cyclists.

“We will be working with the Canal and River Trust to make this route a safer and an even more popular walking and cycling route. We also want to continue the improvements already completed by the neighbouring local authority along their section, link up with it and maximise the regional benefits.”

The latest funding features as part of a report to the Council’s Cabinet, recommending approval of the scheme along with further investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, totalling £696,000.

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

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Additional investment will be spent on the introduction of locally produced artwork along existing sections of the city’s network.

Cllr Thomas, added: “We’re extremely grateful for the support from the Welsh Government in enabling us to expand and improve our current walking and cycling infrastructure.

“We want more people to consider the options of walking and cycling to travel around Swansea and to use a car less often. Making sure we have good quality routes which link up communities and give people confidence to travel safely is key to achieving this.”

Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said: “We know that getting people out of cars for short journeys to cycle or walk is an ambitious agenda, but if we’re to meet our net zero carbon emission target by 2050 we need to take action now.

“Having the right infrastructure in place is key to encouraging more people to feel safe to walk and cycle and that’s why we’ve committed to investing significant funding in active travel this year.”

(Lead image: Markus Spiske / Pexels.com)

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Local Amazon distribution centre gives a grand donation to a Swansea school

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A Swansea primary school has received a £1,000 donation from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Swansea Bay.

Craigfelen Primary School in Clydach plans to use the donation to enhance their outdoor area for learners.

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Omer Kartal, Site Leader at Amazon in Swansea, said: “At Amazon, we are passionate supporters of schools and pupils in our community. We’re pleased to support Craigfelen Primary School with this donation.”

Craigfelen Primary School will use the donation to improve their outdoor area

Craigfelen Primary School was nominated for support by Ryan Arnold, who works as an engineer at the Swansea fulfilment centre. Ryan’s wife is a teacher at the school.

He added: “Craigfelen Primary is a fantastic school, deserving of endless thanks for the support and guidance it provides to pupils. It’s great that Amazon has been able to make this donation and I know it will be warmly welcomed by everyone at Craigfelen Primary School.”

Mrs Alison Williams MBE, Headteacher at Craigfelen Primary School, added: “We want to thank Omer and the Amazon team in Swansea for this donation. As a school community, we are dedicated to supporting our pupils to succeed through education whilst ensuring they are proud of their community. This donation will be a great support to us.”

The donation to Craigfelen Primary School was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations across the UK.

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Man charged with attempted murder after Clydach assault

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Detectives investigating the serious assault of a man in Clydach on Saturday 12 March have charged 37 year-old Daniel Harrison with attempted murder.

He has been remanded into police custody and will appear at Swansea Magistrates Court later today (17 March).

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Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Jones from South Wales Police said: “We know this incident caused some concern within the local and wider community. I would like to reassure people that we have the suspect in custody and we are not looking for anybody else.”

The victim of the assault remains in a stable but critical condition in hospital.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Funding secures additional 49 life-saving defibrillators for Swansea communities

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An additional 49 easily accessible life-saving defibrillators are being installed at retail locations in communities right across Swansea in the coming months.

Swansea Council is working with the charity Heartbeat Trust UK to increase public access to this vital equipment and to become the UK’s first ‘defib-friendly’ city.

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The Council has agreed more than £60,000 in grant funding that will enable the Charity to place and insure defibrillators in locations that have 24-hour access in all 36 council wards.

These will include additional machines in retail locations in the city centre, high streets in communities including Morriston, Clydach, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais and Sketty and outside community shops or pubs in more rural locations such as Gower.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “This equipment can easily mean the difference between life and death when someone suffers from a medical emergency such as a heart attack and we want to ensure all our residents have as much support as possible.

“There has been an increase in number of accessible defibrillators in Swansea in recent years and the Council will continue to play it’s part in growing the coverage”

Deputy Leader Andrea Lewis, who has driven the initiative, added: “Heartbeat Trust UK is already doing a fantastic job working with our communities in Swansea.

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“This grant will ensure we can get these machines installed all across the city and help save lives. Our ambition is to be Britain’s first defib-friendly city where no-one is far from a defibrillator.

“I’m confident residents in all our communities will welcome this additional support as part of our partnership with Heartbeat Trust UK.”

It is anticipated that all 49 additional machines will be in place within the next few months.

Henry Gilbert, Chair of Heartbeat Trust UK, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Swansea Council to make this city ‘defib-friendly’ in terms of the strategic placement of defibrillators in all communities, generating greater awareness of their locations and providing CPR / Defibrillator training.

“Out of hospital cardiac arrests is one the top causes of death in the UK. The timely intervention of CPR and defibrillation can improve the survival rate from less than 3% to as much as 75%. This initiative will definitely save lives in Swansea.”

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(Lead image: Wikimedia / Tanja-Denise Schantz)

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