Gower Walking FestivalLooking for an opportunity to try something new, revisit a much loved haunt, or simply stroll along the water’s edge?

Gower Walking Festival returns  Saturday 2nd June – Sunday 10th June 2018 , providing guided walks by people who are passionate about Gower.

Exploring castles, churches, local industry and beautiful scenery, there are walks for all abilities, people with dogs, poets and photographers. With easy walks on the Mumbles waterfront, moderate walks to Pwll Du and strenuous walks to cover the four peaks of Gower. There will also be specialists to provide Tai Chi, mountain boarding, parkour and coasteering.

For more information and to book a walk, visit

Preparation work to restore Mumbles Pier to it’s former glory has now begun.

Construction Crews have started removing some it’s period Victorian features as part of the reconstruction. The original structural supporting columns installed in 1898 however, have survived the test of time and will remain in place.

The £3.2 million project is scheduled to begin in earnest on the 1st June, with completion by the end of 2018.

Foreshore development designs and plans have been released, which is intended to finance the pier’s restoration. The designs are to be submitted this week as part of a final stage in the planning process, following approval by Swansea Council.

The development plans include a hotel and apartment scheme, which could include holiday lets. There are also plans to transform the former lifeboat house into a restaurant.

The foreshore development is scheduled to begin early 2019, subject to planning, with the construction of a new coastal sea-wall.

Mumbles SkaterampLast Monday, Mumbles Community Council hosted a public meeting at The Ostreme Hall in Mumbles to discuss ideas for a potential skatepark based in Mumbles.

The idea came about following a PACT meeting, where it was recognised there was a need for better provision for young people in the area.

A survey was carried out on the current skate ramp in Blackpill, and feedback showed that the ramp is now coming to the end of it’s life.

Mumbles Community Council have received more than 400 responses to a survey about a potential skatepark, which were overwhelmingly positive. Community councillors have also visted local schools to see what young people wanted to see in the area.

The location of the skatepark has yet to be cofirmed, although the preferred option is alongside the existing skateboard ramp on Mumbles Road.

Mumbles Community Council is asking for representatives to volunteer to help take the project forward. If you would like to get involved please visit the Skatepark Mumbles Facebook page.

The skatepark has also been backed by Olympic BMX rider James Jones. Originally from Sandfields, he moved to Corby in England because of a lack of facilities in the local area.

“For me, biking is my job. I got through to Team GB, but I’ve had to move to be near decent facilities.”

“I go to a venue in Corby, called Adrenaline Alley. I know the proposal being talked about would not be the same scale, but it would be something where skaters and riders could go.”

“That’s why I’m here to give my support.”

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

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 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 –