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Many of you will have seen the publicity we put out on Facebook and on our Website in February regarding the budget and precept that Mumbles Community Council has set for 2018-19 and the increase was generally positively received as people were pleased that at last MCC was doing something for Mumbles.

However, for those of you who may have missed this information, here is a brief explanation of our thinking as to why we felt the precept needed to be increased.

As you will remember, a new council was elected in May and we were determined to ensure that we responded to what we were hearing from our electorate about what they wanted to see happening in the MCC area. The new council wants to be transparent in how it works and not to make promises that they can’t keep. Therefore we have listened to you and worked hard to try to ensure that we address as many of your concerns as possible to make sure that we are working towards bringing the MCC area up to the standard that our residents expect and deserve.

Everything is project led. Every item in the budget has been costed, had a site visit or has taken advice from CCS or other experts, and then presented to full council. Full council voted on every item individually. If there wasn’t a majority, it wasn’t put in.

We were led by what members of the public asked for and our obligations under the Wellbeing Act.

We identified that the greatest demands were for improving the health and well-being of residents and visitors alike, providing new, or upgrading existing, facilities for young people in the area and for ensuring that we have a clean, attractive and healthy environment.

Much of the budget is going on small but important work such as providing bike shelters, improving road safety around our schools, increasing the hours for street cleaning and parking enforcement and replacing and renewing damaged benches, tables, gym and play equipment, pathways and signage.

Wherever possible the money provided by MCC will be used as matchfunding to enable both MCC and local organisations and community groups to attract further grant funding, thus significantly increasing the value of the money provided from MCC. This is the case with three major projects that are in the planning: Go Underhill, Langland Bay Tennis Courts and a new Skatepark.

Most of you should by now have received our Spring Newsletter, if not it will be with you shortly. This has more information about many of the projects we are planning for this year and the full budget is printed on Page 10. The newsletter is also available electronically on our website at www.mumbles.gov.uk/newsletter.

For the average household in Band D, the precept is still only just over £1 a week and we are confident that when you see what we are planning to do with the money you will consider that to be good value for money.

If you have any questions about any particular item in the budget please contact the Clerk at council@mumbles.gov.uk and he will pass your query to the relevant Committee Chair.

Mumbles Raft Race
Credit: RNLI/Tony Bowen

This year’s Mumbles Lifeboat RNLI Raft Race will take place on the Sunday 5th August 2018 at 12.30pm.

The race will take a different route for the first time in over 30 years. Starting at Knab Rock, the rafts will make their way around a halfway marker in the bay and then back to the slipway near to Verdi’s.

For more inforamtion and to find out how to enter, visit the RNLI website link below –
https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2018/march/20/mumbles-lifeboat-rnli-raft-race-date-announced

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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.