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New boat pontoon could be built in Mumbles

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Swansea Council are planning a new boating pontoon at Knab Rock in Mumbles – and they want people’s views on the plans.

The council say the new pontoon is aimed at making it easier for boat users, including fishermen, pleasure boat and yacht users, to access the water there.

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If the pontoon gets the go-ahead, it would be attached to the slipway at Knab Rock. The pontoon would also give people with some disabilities better access to boats on the water there.

The council say other benefits of the new pontoon would include the chance for local fishermen to offer a greater range of services, including fishing trips.

The pontoon could also be potentially used as a boarding point in future for water taxis between Mumbles and other parts of the city including Swansea Marina.

Cllr Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Boat users including fishermen – especially if they’re by themselves – currently find it very difficult to board their vessels at Knab Rock without getting very wet.

“A new pontoon at the location would give these boat users easier and safer access to their boats there, while also encouraging a greater range of uses like fishing trips and water sports opportunities for local residents and visitors.

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“In future, there’s also the potential to link parts of Swansea by water taxi, so the new pontoon at Knab Rock could be used as a pick-up and drop-off point.

“We’re after as much feedback as possible though before this proposal potentially takes its next steps. That’s why we’d ask anyone interested to take a look at our online consultation and give their views so we can consider them in the coming weeks and months.”

The proposal would be funded by Swansea Council’s Economic Recovery Fund – a major pot of money helping communities and businesses recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.

The consultation is open until Sunday 11 September.

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