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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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Two Swansea care homes sold to ‘My Choice Healthcare’

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Two Swansea care homes have been sold to independent care home operator ‘My Choice Healthcare’.

The sale increases the operators South Wales care home portfolio to five.

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, announced the sale of Hawthorn Court Residential Home and Ocean Living.

Hawthorn Court Residential Home in Sketty was established in 1991 and provides care for up to 24 adults, aged 65 or older, living with dementia and mental illness.

Having recently undergone a major refurbishment programme, the large Victorian property set over three floors with a modern extension, has 20 single and two twin bedrooms, all with en suite facilities.

Ocean Living, on the seafront in Mumbles, has 14 suites for elderly residents.

The homes have been owned by Mr Alan and Mrs Gloria Thorburn since they were founded over 30 years ago. The sale to My Choice Healthcare will allow the pair to pursue retirement.

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Alan and Gloria Thornburn said: “After owning Hawthorn Court and Ocean Living for over 30 years, we’re really pleased to be handing our portfolio over to My Choice Healthcare who share our ethos and drive for delivering high-quality care in South Wales.”

MD of My Choice Healthcare, Bethan Evans, comments: “We are delighted to have worked with Christie & Co to acquire both of these homes. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of care and support that we can for our residents, and we very much look forward to working with the teams at both Hawthorn Court and Ocean Living in the coming months and years, continuing the great work that Mr and Mrs Thorburn have led over many years.”

Oliver McCarthy, Associate Director at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “This pair of brilliant Swansea care homes, and the interest garnered in this sales process, represents the strong appetite for quality care businesses that we’re seeing in the market at the moment, and expect to see for the remainder of the year. Alan and Gloria have established a great business over the last 30 years, and I’m very pleased to have been able to assist them on their road to retirement.”

Ocean Living and Hawthorn Court Residential Home were sold for an undisclosed price.

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Coastal route upgrade in Gower keeps walkers on the right path

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Walkers have been flocking back to a brand new stretch of coast path which has been completed along the Gower coastline.

270 metres of accessible coast path has been installed along the coast between Gower beauty spots – Limeslade and Rotherslade.

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The essential work was completed earlier in the year after coastal erosion was discovered near to the original path in 2019.

Following the inspection of the path, Swansea Council’s Countryside Team brought in contractors to create a new path further inland and away from affected area.

The Council was awarded funding by the Welsh Government to build the new section.

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure, said: “Once we had discovered problems linked to coastal erosion on the existing path, it was important that we looked at an alternative route for all the thousands of walkers who enjoy using this path throughout the year.

“We’ve created a new section a few metres back from the original path, in an area that is safe and away from the cliff side where the erosion has occurred.

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“Fortunately we were able to complete the majority of the work to create the new section of path without disrupting visitors’ enjoyment of the coast path.

“The new path ensures we can maintain a fully connected walking route across the entire Gower coastline.”

The Council has also confirmed the new section is an upgrade to the original route providing improved accessibility for wheelchair users and prams and will include new benches for the public to enjoy the wonderful views.

Similar work has previously been completed along a 260 metre-long stretch of path between Limeslade and Langland where coastal erosion had also threatened the old route.

And a further 1500 metres of coast path has also previously been upgraded between Caswell Bay and Langland, providing improved access for all.

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Swansea’s section of the All Wales Coast Path was officially opened in 2012 where 61km of coast path have been joined together to enable walkers to trek from Swansea’s waterfront in SA1 and walk right through to Loughor, travelling through Caswell Bay, Port Eynon, Rhosilli and Llanmadoc.

Cllr Stevens added: “I believe our section of coast path along Swansea and Gower has some of the most scenic views along the entire Wales coastline. It really is stunning and I would encourage those yet to experience it, to go and have a stroll.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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New West Cross and Pontarddulais play areas opening just in time for summer holidays

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A brand new play area for West Cross and an upgraded play area for Pontarddulais have been completed just in time for the busy school holidays.

Work has been finished at the West Cross site near the seafront at West Cross with updated play facilities also completed at Coed Bach park in Pontarddulais.

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At the same time the council has agreed plans for improvements at seven other locations where work is due to start in coming weeks. On top of that there are plans in the pipeline for 18 other council play areas in parks all across the city.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said the latest round of planned improvements follow on from the transformation of 43 other play areas around the city over the last year or so.

And he said feedback about the initiative has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Children and their families are already enjoying the new facilities at West Cross and Coed Bach. They will be a real bonus for local children heading into the summer holidays later this month.

He added: Completing the programme of improving every council-owned play area is one of the council’s policy commitments. I’m delighted that so much progress is being made so quickly.”

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The new play area at West Cross is located in Alderwood Road. It includes swings, a roundabout, a climbing unit and a zipwire. It was part-funded by Mumbles Community Council.

New or improved play areas springing up all over Swansea feature equipment chosen in collaboration with local communities. Facilities can range from traditional swings, slides and roundabouts to trampolines, zip wires and climbing frames. Equipment has also been introduced for children with disabilities.

The latest seven sites to be given the go-ahead are at Brokesby Road, Bonymaen, Denver Road, Fforestfach, Hafod Park and Ynystawe Park as well as Garnswllt play area in Mawr, Highmead in Mumbles and Heol Tir Du in Morriston.

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “The pandemic demonstrated just how important free outdoor play areas were for the wellbeing of our children and young people.

“During the crisis they became one of the few places where children could get their exercise safely and friends and families could see each other for a socially-distanced chat.

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“So far we’ve committed £5m to our play area fund and communities from Craig Cefn Parc to Loughor and Melin Mynach have seen the benefits.”

Those sites to have gained new or improved play areas already include Mayhill, Uplands, Llansamlet, Gorseinon, Golden Grove, Heol Frank, Ravenhill Park, Weig Fawr and Cwmbwrla Park.

Dunvant Park and Dunvant Meadow, Bonymaen Park in Bonymaen, Swansea Point playground and Maesteg Park in St Thomas are among others set to see upgrades in coming months.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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