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Agreement on new Singleton Park lighting will keep students safe say Student Union

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An agreement has been reached between Swansea University Students’ Union, Swansea University, and Swansea Council to install more lighting in Singleton Park.

This comes after students have raised concerns over safety and the ability to see their surroundings while walking through the park.

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The Students’ Union and University have agreed to joint-fund the installation of the new lighting which will run along the southward walkway towards the beach.

As part of the work, an ecological survey has been conducted and approval given to the project.

Work will begin on the new lighting this June and is estimated to be completed by the end of July.

Student Union Welfare Officer, Liza Leibowitz, said: “This is excellent news for Swansea University students and the local community too. I’m so pleased that after years of continued student feedback, we have managed to reach this agreement.

“These new lights will provide an added level of safety assurance for students and our local neighbours.

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“I’d like to thank the work of SU Officers past and present for their work over the years on delivering this project, and the students for giving us the feedback that has allowed us to reach this point.

“Swansea Council have also been extremely helpful, they’ve done all the groundwork and supported us tremendously. They’ve ensured the lighting is environmentally friendly and won’t impact the eco system in the park which is great.

“I hope the new lighting will provide an added level of reassurance for students while they are a part of our community.”

Greg Ducie, Director of Estates and Campus Services at Swansea University said: “The safety of our community is our utmost priority and we are really pleased this project to light up a portion of the park is coming to fruition.

“The improved lighting will support the safety measures we have put in place, including safety app Safezone, to ensure our students and staff can enjoy the outstanding experience we offer here at Swansea, both on and off campus”.

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Historic cottage on edge of Singleton Park goes to auction

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The tenants of Sketty Hall Cottage have moved out and Swansea Council want new owners to preserve the home for future generations.

It stands right next to the striking Sketty Hall that dates back to the 1700s and – now part of Gower College Swansea – has been home to a number of prominent families.

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The cottage’s sale proceeds will be reinvested by the council into important public services.

David Hopkins, the council’s joint deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate service and performance, said: “We want Sketty Hall Cottage to be preserved for future generations and would like it to remain a home.

“Due to its location and possibilities, we expect a high degree of interest when it goes to auction,offeringa great refurbishment opportunity for a local developer.

“Any council-generated income from the sale will be reinvested to help fund essential services for the community.”

Sketty Hall Cottage shares an access route with Sketty Hall off Sketty Lane. It’s believed to have been built as a coach house serving Sketty Hall during the 1700s. It has three ground floor rooms, an upstairs room, linked outbuildings and an enclosed garden.

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Potential bidders are encouraged to register their interest with auction house Allsop. The cottage will come under the hammer at Allsop’s residential auction on June 23.

Jamie Clarke, of Allsop, said: “Sketty Hall Cottage is brimming with potential for someone keen to breathe new life into a heritage asset.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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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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The next Raducanu? The Swansea 14-year-old taking the tennis world by storm

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Winner of the 2022 Tennis Wales Player of the Year Award, Mimi Xu, is set for tennis stardom.

At just 14, Mimi became the youngest player to ever enter Junior Wimbledon after being awarded a wild card opportunity by the All England Club. The decision was based on her potential and her successes at the time, and she’s continued to thrive since – making her a worthy winner of this year’s Tennis Wales Player of the Year Award.

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Nominated by members of the tennis community, individuals awarded at the Tennis Wales awards have been recognised for their unwavering talents within the tennis world. With each displaying their own notable qualities, the awards ceremony – hosted on the 5th of March at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay – celebrated their achievements.

From winning her first U18 International event in Loughborough in September by achieving both the singles and doubles titles, to becoming the U16 GB Girls Doubles Champion, Mimi has showcased extensive skill and dedication within her craft.

Following such a successful season, previously unranked Mimi has now been recognised with a World? ranking of 323. Following in the footsteps of her hero Emma Raducanu, Mimi’s ranking is set to continue to rise this year as her 2022 success begins.

Mimi playing at Junior Wimbledon

Mimi’s nominator said: “Although she is only 14 years old, Mimi is one of Wales’ best prospects for the future. She has had a successful year both in domestic and international events, and everyone is so proud.”

Involved in tennis since early Primary School age, Mimi first started playing at Swansea Tennis & Squash Club with Dai Williams before moving into a comprehensive programme under the guidance of Fran Lewis at Swansea Tennis Centre.

Now a full-time student at the LTA National Academy in Loughborough, Mimi regularly plays for Team GB and represents Wales at national and international level – travelling across the UK and Europe for competitions.

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Simon Johnson, CEO of Tennis Wales, said: “The Tennis Wales awards were created to recognise people just like Mimi who deserve to be acknowledged for their incredible work within Welsh tennis.

“We have truly seen Mimi go from strength to strength, from a tennis tot to one of the most recognised youth players in the UK. Not only is she a testament to the tennis talent we have here in Wales, she’s also an inspiration to the younger players who are just starting their tennis journey. Congratulations Mimi.”

For more information about the Tennis Wales Awards, and to find a club or coach near you, visit lta.org.uk/about-us/in-your-area/tennis-wales/

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