Chair Carrie Townsend Jones said “I am proud of the work that all councillors have put in to deliver on the plans we promised our electorate last year. We look forward to bringing to fruition the larger projects that work started on last year as well as exciting new initiatives planned for this year. We recognise that residents may be wondering why developments such as Underhill, Langland Tennis Courts and the Santander Bike Hub have still not reached completion but be assured, huge amounts of work have been going on behind the scenes and we are confident that the Bike Hub will be through planning and in place on the prom by Easter and work will start on two of the tennis courts soon after.”
Due to the development work at Underhill being still at planning stage, the Council has reassigned the underspend from this project to enable the hugely popular planned Skatepark to go ahead sooner than would otherwise have been possible. A total of £134,000 from this year’s budget has been reserved for the Skatepark project meaning that no new money is needed for it to go ahead. This money will be used to draw down a similar amount through grant funding to complete the funding package. The Council has already appointed a contractor and is currently preparing to submit a pre-planning application so work can start in the coming months with a view to having it up and running for summer 2020.
The community council has now agreed a 25 year lease with Swansea Council for 3 of the Langland tennis courts and has allocated £87,500 to fully refurbish and upgrade two of the tennis courts to be ready for use by the summer.
An exciting new development for this year Is the Ostreme Centre. The Council is currently finalising terms of a long lease on the Ostreme Centre to secure the long-term future for this well-used and much loved Community Resource.
The Council has allocated £30,000 to the playground at Underhill Park for a wetpour surface to maximise the accessibility of the new play equipment that Friends of Mumbles Park have provided through successfully winning grant funding.
We have plans for a varied programme of events throughout the year including the Summer Knights Festival, a Food Festival and Oyster Fair in partnership with Mumbles Traders and Mumbles Development Trust. There will be a programme of Environmental Guided Walks and we will be finishing the year with a bang at a St David’s Day Festival and Dragon Parade in partnership with MDT and all the local schools.
While much has been, or will be, achieved this year to complete long overdue projects from previous years, including finally getting the path through Picket’s Mead resurfaced, planting out fantastic wildflower displays and installing the bottle filler in Oystermouth Square, there have been frustrations with the delays to some of our other projects. The safety measures at the junction of West Cross Lane and West Cross Avenue to provide safe crossing for children attending the three schools should have been completed this year but are now ready to go ahead next year.
The Community Plan is now complete and will be widely circulated and publicised over the next few months. The Community Council will then formulate a strategy to achieve the identified goals for the next 5 to 10 years. We are fully committed to consulting with and involving our local residents and businesses in both finalising these goals and prioritising activity.