August 28, 2013


The Roman Bridge

In Mayals Ward there is a secret treasure which is known to the residents of Blackpill, but is fast disappearing.  It is called “The Roman Bridge” except it isn’t Roman!  The earliest reference has been found by the local Historian Wendy Cope.  I quote from her article written in 2002 and is to be found in Volume 53 of the Gower Journal held in the Swansea library.

“The bridge at Blackpill also needed attention from time to time.  In 1681 the surveyors reported that:

… a certain common bridge over a certain river called Blackpill river, as much of the said bridge as lyeth in the parish of Oystermouth within the said manor, is out of repair to the common annoyance of His Majesty’s people passing that way and ought to be repaired by the inhabitants of the said parish.

The work on the Oystermouth half was to be finished within two months, but as the boundary ran down the river they had no intention of repairing the Swansea half.  Five years later the inhabitants were ordered to repair the rails on their part of the bridge.”

Not much has changed in three hundred years.  The bridge is in urgent need of repair  and in spite of the fact that a great deal of good will has been shown by the Civic Society, local residents associations and cabinet members the repairs need to be funded by grant applications and community funding, which takes time to organise with all the legal implications.

(Cllr Linda Tyler-Lloyd)

The Building Inspector has given approval for work to be carried out over the Newton ‘Village Green’ at Picket Mead. Work will include the digging-up of the Mead in order to lay electricity and water services for four new houses to be built within the grounds of Picket Mead House which is owned by Carrington Moore Estates (Andy Moore).

They also plan to lay a ‘grasscrete’ road across the Mead to the four new properties

Various protests have been held by local residents to no avail.


Well done

Its a double celebration for Mumbles Cricket Club.  The first eleven secured
their first Swalec Premier League title on Saturday August 24 2013.

Then on Sunday August 25 2013 by defeating Ynysygerwn they won the first division of the Alpha Fasteners West Wales Cricket Association League.

Congratulations from Mumbles Community Council