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New vision for popular Wind Street to be consulted on

Swansea people are to give their views on a new proposal for historic Wind Street to become more pedestrian-friendly.

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The suggestion is that - if funding became available - the city centre bar, café and restaurant hotspot could have significantly broader paved areas and more open air socialising space.

Proposals include:

  • More outside seating areas to encourage a relaxed food and drink offer;
  • Single-lane one-way traffic to free up pedestrian and business space;
  • Wider pavements to remove pinch points;
  • More public space to encourage public events and festivals;
  • Recognition of the heritage buildings;
  • Well-managed vehicle access to maintain safety and access.

Design specialists Owen Davies Consulting and Element Urbanism have drawn up the proposals on behalf of Swansea Council and Swansea Business Improvement District (BID)

Robert Francis-Davies, the Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: "These exciting proposals could provide great opportunities for business and help create a destination that is as popular in the day as it is by night.

"This consultation will give businesses and residents who live in and around Wind Street the chance to tell us what they think of the proposals. I urge them - and anybody else interested in Wind Street's future - to get involved.

"Our city centre is undergoing a thrilling transformation to help attract residents, shoppers, visitors and business; Wind Street can play a big part in its future."

BID Chief Executive Russell Greenslade said: "We need to acknowledge people's desire to socialise while they shop as part of their visitor experience.

"Improved pedestrian areas encourage a broader mix of people to visit city centres. This would be a logical and a healthy step for Wind Street and would complement the rest of Swansea city centre on its regeneration journey."

Wind Street, which is a conservation area, is a key pedestrian link between the city centre and the waterfront.

It is visited by thousands every week. It helps the city maintain its Purple Flag status, reflecting the night time economy's entertainment, enjoyment and safety and, on weekend evenings, is closed to traffic.

The Council and BID say that more space for open air dining would help the city centre flourish as a destination.

They stress that the new proposals are part of a feasibility study; no funding for any change is yet in place. The principles of the proposals have been discussed with businesses, residents and local stakeholders over a number of years; they have a high level of local support.

Following this consultation, the public feedback will be used to help make an informed decision regarding a preferred design approach against which funding opportunities can be explored.

Businesses, residents and others are invited to drop into Tino's Café, 11 Wind Street, to view the proposals on Wednesday, September 12, from 10.30am-7pm.

Those unable to attend may submit views from September 12 until October 12 via this online survey.


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