Mumbles is the best place to live in Wales, according to a list by The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times publish an annual list of the best places to live in the UK and Mumbles has taken the top spot in the Welsh region for 2018.

The multi-million-pound Oyster Wharf development which has dramatically transformed the seafront and includes a selection of popular new restaurants was one of the many reasons cited.

The guide also named the opening of an M&S at the old British Legion, the rugby club being rebranded as Bar 1887 and plans to refurbish Mumbles Pier as reasons why it beat the competition.

The top 10 was as follows:

  1. Mumbles
  2. Abergavenny
  3. Abersoch
  4. Colwinston
  5. Laugharne
  6. Monmouth
  7. Penarth
  8. Presteigne
  9. Saundersfoot
  10. St Davids

Santander Bike Scheme

It is an accepted fact of life that Mumbles frequently suffers from the problems caused by traffic congestion at weekends and school holidays, particularly in the summer. Accordingly, MCC are delighted to announce that the much publicised Santander Bike Scheme will now be expanded to incorporate one 20 station or two 10 station bike hubs adjoining the cycle path on Mumbles promenade.

Due to the university’s success in the UK wide Crowd Funding competition they have secured £100,000 to establish a network of bike hire hubs in the Swansea Bay Area. However, through a donation of £12,200 from MCC the scope of the network has been expanded to include an additional hub in Mumbles. Without this donation Mumbles would not have been part of the scheme. With a hub costing £20,000 to establish, MCC consider this excellent value for money and plays a part in the councils endeavour to alleviate traffic and improve the wellness of the population.

The Mumbles hub/s will now link up with others at the Civic Centre, the National Waterfront Museum, Fabian Way Park and Ride and the two university campuses’ at Singleton and Bay. The scheme will initially involve 110 bike stations and 60 bikes which can be used for as short a hire period as 30 minutes for a single journey into Mumbles from the city centre or vice versa, for one hour or even all day. The bikes will be available for hire 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, with hire costs starting from as little as 50p for 30 minutes. The finance for the scheme includes all the revenue costs for maintaining the bikes – which are expected to have a 5-7 year lifespan – and transporting the bikes to where demand is highest on a continuous basis.
Oystermouth Community Councillors Carwyn Thomas and Tim Bull championed the scheme to their fellow councillors and hope it will be the start of changing attitudes to the current dependence on private cars for leisure journeys in and out of Mumbles. They point out that:

“The Swansea Bay Cycle path provides a safe and enjoyable link to Mumbles, have a stroll round the many excellent shops, coffee bars, cafes and restaurants Mumbles has to offer or just spend the day enjoying the castle grounds, beaches and sea, then cycle back. Parking bikes take up very little space compared to cars, for which there is limited space in Mumbles, and bikes cause absolutely no pollution and help users keep fit and healthy!”

This project also complements another MCC environmentally friendly project for next year that will see drinking water fountains provided on the promenade so passers by can refill water bottles rather than buying new ones and discarding the old bottles, the recycling of which is both expensive and takes up landfill.

Langland Tennis CourtsLangland Bay Tennis Courts are a real asset to both residents and visitors but have fallen into a very poor state of repair.

MCC is investigating possible options for the courts, including a potential asset transfer of all 6 courts and the public toilets, from City and County of Swansea to MCC. This will of course require considerable investment and MCC has undertaken detailed research into options for the courts and into any ongoing financial commitments that would be incurred by taking them on. In the meantime MCC has allocated more than £40,000 to undertake urgent repair work to the perimeter walls and for resurfacing two of the courts to enable them to be put back into safe use.

Go Underhill

The Go Underhill project has been many years in the planning – it started originally as “Underhill 2000” – and it will be some years before the whole project reaches fruition.

The final project will not only significantly upgrade all the sports facilities at Underhill but will also provide a Community Hub incorporating meeting rooms for use by a range of local community groups, multi-purpose spaces for classes such as art, dance and yoga, and a function room and social areas for the sports clubs.

It has now reached a point where work can be started on Phase 1. This Phase will develop new, state-of-the art changing rooms and with potential for an all-weather pitch for use by sports teams and casual players of all ages. MCC is providing vital financial support which will enable Mumbles Community Association (MCA) to attract grant funding from a variety of different sources to begin this work. MCC will continue to offer advice and support to MCA as the project progresses.

Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and play equipment for Underhill

MCC is looking into installing a MUGA backboard and basketball area, having taken advice from Basketball Wales on the most suitable type of facility and planning to provide £5000 worth of new play equipment for the children’s play area.

Litter and dog fouling are a problem all across our community. MCC aims to reach a point where our streets, parks and open spaces are always clean and safe because residents and visitors look after them. However, we rec- ognise that this takes time and needs someone to lead the way.

Therefore, as in previous years, we have allocated £17084 towards providing regular additional street and dog poo cleaning and bin emptying with further cleansing work carried out over weekends and evenings in peak periods. We also pay for additional cleaning at the toilets at Southend Gardens so that they can stay open over the winter for the families and visitors who use the playground and the prom.

You can all help us to reach a point where this expense will no longer be necessary:

  • Dispose of litter appropriately. If bins are full, take your rubbish home with you
  • Be a responsible dog owner, clean up after your dog and use the poo bins
  • Report rubbish left on the streets to the City Council


Following a PACT meeting where concerns were raised about the nuisance being caused by young people around the village, it was recognised that there is a real need for better provision for them.

Skatepark design by Rhodri and Ioan from Llwynderw School

A Skatepark was suggested as being a popular and healthy option that would be very attractive to skateboarders of all ages. MCC undertook a Survey and received over 400 responses. The responses were overwhelmingly positive and consultations with local schools were similarly in favour. Local schoolchildren have also been busy coming up with ideas for what it should look like.

The location has not yet been finalised but the preferred option is to locate it alongside the existing Skateboard Ramp on Mumbles Road, between Blackpill and West Cross.

Concrete Skatepark in Gorseinon
Concrete Skatepark in Gorseinon

As with any major project there is still much planning to be done as well as a need to identify additional sources of funding for it, but we hope to cover the initial work in the coming year.

Once built there will be no on-going maintenance costs required from MCC.

Skatepark Questionnaire Responses
Skatepark Questionnaire Responses

Mumbles Community Council has an on-going programme of road safety work to address issues identified by you, our residents. These are some of the works that have been or are being done over this year and next:

  • Parking restrictions on West Cross Lane / Alderwood Road
  • Double yellow lines on Castle Road, Oystermouth and the corner of Whitestone Lane, Newton
  • Dropped kerb outside Paraclete Chapel, Newton Road
  • Safe crossing on Fairwood Road for children at Mayals School
  • Safety measures on West Cross Lane to improve safe crossing for children at Llwynderw, Grange and St. David’s Schools
  • Parking restrictions behind the Rock and Fountain off Summerland Lane Thanks to our City Councillors and residents who have supported us with getting these safety issues addressed.

To support these measures we have listened to you, the residents, about the constant dangerous and illegal parking issues across the four wards and next year we will be trialling the contracting of a dedicated Traffic Enforcement Officer for the MCC area. Whilst most parking issues arise around Newton Road, we know that there are also issues regarding park- ing in residential streets across the area and so we will be making sure that the Officer works across all the known trouble spots. If you have a problem with persistent dangerous or illegal parking, please let us know and we can make sure the officer visits your area.

Preparatory work for the family area at ripples green

MCC has been working on a five year plan to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, beaches and parks and this year and next should see the completion of the following work:

  • Repairing and renewing benches, picnic tables and chess tables all across the area
  • Completing the installation of the gym equipment on the promenade
  • Making Ripples Green a family area with benches, chess tables and afun gym
  • Improving the sunken paths in Mumbles Nature Reserve
  • Replacing the muddy and potholed path across Picket Mead
  • Improving the paths, facilities and play areas in Underhill and Yalton Parks and providing football nets at Highmead
  • Improving the access to the Castle Fields allotments
  • Replacing old noticeboards and information points
  • Trialling a scheme to work with local businesses to refresh their street- front facades