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Funding secured for Mumbles skatepark

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Mumbles Community Council have announced that they have been awarded £271,579 from the National Lottery Community Fund to support the development of the long-awaited skatepark at Llwynderw.

The latest announcement means that work can finally start at the seafront facility, which has seen numerous delays and legal wrangles.

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A Mumbles Community Council (MCC) spokesperson said, “This is absolutely fantastic news. Delivering the Skatepark for our community has been a long, drawn-out process but this really is the icing on the cake.

We’re now looking forward to seeing work commencing on site as soon as possible.

“The contractors, Maverick Industries Ltd, have been informed and are looking forward to working in partnership with MCC to ensure the timely delivery of the project.

“We are sure the local community will welcome this exciting news.”

The community council signed a lease for the site with Swansea Council last month.

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A spokesperson from Swansea Council said, “I want to congratulate Mumbles Community Council on their excellent work to secure the lottery grant, enabling them to deliver this fantastic facility for the community”.

A judicial review into Swansea Council Cabinet’s previous decision to issue a lease for the site was upheld. This action was brought by a small group of campaigners led by businessman and owner of second-hand car dealership Trade Centre Wales, who objected to the site being built opposite his home.

Mr Bailey publicly withdrew his opposition after being involved in a heated row with a group of teenagers at the existing skatepark facility.

(Lead image: Mumbles Community Council)

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Body found in search for missing West Cross man

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South Wales Police are reporting that a body of a man found at Horton beach on Gower has been formally identified as that of missing West Cross man David Stewart.

The police attended Horton beach at around midday on Saturday (30 April) following reports of a body being discovered.

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Mr Stewart was reported missing from his home in West Cross on Friday 1 April, with Police issuing an appeal for anyone who may have seen him shortly afterwards.

He was described by police at the time as being of slim build, white, with short thin hair, stubble, and freckles, wearing glasses and a blue coat.

The Police’s social media appeal was shared hundreds of times by concerned residents.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “We’d like to thank you for all your shares, it really does make a difference.

“Our thoughts remain with David’s family at this difficult time.”

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(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Police urge people to report ‘boy racer’ incidents in Mumbles

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South Wales Police are urging people to report instances of anti-social behaviour in Mumbles by ‘boy racers’ after concerns were raised on social media.

Local Police Inspector Judith Martin said: “We are aware of concerns that have been raised via social media in relation to boy racers in the Mumbles.

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“We have not received many reports directly of boy racers travelling through the area however I am aware of the negative impact this can cause residents and other road users.

“Those who engage in these activities may regard them as fun, but driving on public roads brings with it certain responsibilities; to the driver and any passengers; to their family and friends; and to the local community of Mumbles. These responsibilities should not be taken lightly.

“We will continue to work with residents in the area to address any issues, but I would encourage anyone who notices any dangerous driving, or any type of antisocial behaviour linked to this, to note down the registration number of the offending vehicle and contact us directly.”

(Lead image: Google Maps)

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Coastguard warning after emergency phone damaged in Three Cliffs hoax call

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Mumbles Coastguard have expressed their anger after a 999 emergency phone was damaged at a Gower beauty spot following a hoax call that saw dozens of emergency service personnel descend on the area.

The coastguard received a call from the Three Cliffs Bay emergency phone on Saturday evening (16 April) just before 5pm which was “abruptly cut off”.

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A second call was then made from a phone box in the area.

Describing the incident, a spokesperson from Mumbles Coastguard said: “The caller reported a person had fallen off a cliff in the area with a fatal outcome.

“On arrival the emergency phone was found damaged and out of service.

The damaged emergency phone (Image: Mumbles Coastguard)

“Several services were dispatched and a large search tasking undertaken with nothing found. With no further information or reports, this callout was assumed a hoax call and all assets stood down.

“This behaviour has cost thousands of both tax payer and volunteer funds as well has many hours of time on what has been an extremely busy bank holiday weekend (Mumbles 4th callout).”

“It has taken valuable resources away from important taskings, disrupted holiday makers, local businesses and the lives of our and our partner services families.”

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Rescue vessel at Three Cliffs Bay (Image: Mumbles RNLI)

The Coastguard reported emergency service workers from South Wales Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Oxwich Coastguard Rescue Team, Horton and Port Eynon RNLI, RNLI Lifeguards, HM Coastguard and first responders from Welsh Ambulance Service were all involved in the incident.

The coastguard added that the emergency phone at Three Cliffs is now out of service until repairs can be made by the operator.

The spokesperson added: “We’d like to thank all those involved with this callout and again express our extreme disappointment in this behaviour.”

(Lead image: Mumbles Coastguard)

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