Alternative sites for a brand new skatepark in Mumbles are now being looked at, council officials have confirmed.

The local authority's planning committee approved a revamp of the Llwynderw skate park on the seafront back in February by just one vote.

But it has now emerged that Swansea Council chiefs want to be sure the site in is the most appropriate place before they consider a land transfer.

They have asked Mumbles Community Council, which put forward the Llwynderw application, to commission an independent review and "comprehensive appraisal" of potential alternative sites.

Officials insist it does not mean the end of the Llwynderw proposal. They argue it was always the intention to undertake due diligence to ensure the new skatepark is built in the right place.

The Llwynderw proposal had significant public backing but safety concerns were also voiced due to its proximity to Mumbles Road, despite being home to a mini half-pipe skateboard run for years.

The community council reckons the state-of-the-art skate park will cost around £335,000, with £200,000 to £250,000 sought via grants and the remainder to come from its budget.

In a joint statement, the two councils said they wanted to find the best solution for a new skate park in the Mumbles area.

It said: "This may be at Llwynderw where the community council has conditional planning permission for such a development and, as part of the approval, the community council has been asked to re-examine all possible options to ensure that the most appropriate location is selected.

"The transfer of any Swansea Council land for this purpose must represent the best value for council taxpayers across the city. The scheme must also be practical and sustainable in the long term."

Article by Richard Youle - Wales Online


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