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Regeneration to get fresh impetus from new-look body

A high-level cross-sector body that helps drive economic regeneration in Swansea is to be relaunched on May 2.

Kingsway proposed layout (Potter's Wheel roundabout view)

The relaunch will be attended by senior representatives from housing associations and from organisations across the private, public, education and voluntary sectors.

Formerly known as the Swansea Economic Regeneration Partnership (SERP), it is likely to be given a new name and will continue to be managed by Swansea Council who are organising the event.

The launch takes place in Morriston, the UK's earliest example of a planned industrial town and still rich in heritage. Partners will gather at the landmark 1870s-built Tabernacle and will tour key elements of the Morriston conservation area.

Those due to attend include representatives of Coastal Housing, Pobl, Family Housing, Swansea BID, Gower College Swansea, Welsh Government, the Swansea Council for Voluntary Service, Natural Resources Wales, local business organisations and Business Wales.

They will discuss ideas to help address economic issues in Morriston and will consider the council's recommendations for SERP's future activity. 

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "Swansea is undergoing its biggest transformation in 70 years and a number of major construction sites are now active. This will significantly improve the city for residents, open up thousands of new jobs and generate far more opportunities than ever before.

"Through the regeneration and the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal we will boost our economy and increase the number of people working and living in Swansea and bring high-quality well paid jobs to the area."

"It's important to have a local economic regeneration partnership to help drive change in Swansea and to complement the City Region's work on the Swansea Bay City Deal. There are economic issues that we can collectively address.

"Partner organisations were supportive of SERP and a detailed review by its board showed they wanted to build on its strengths - such as information sharing - whilst playing a more active role in regeneration.

"Thanks to that review we are drawing a line under existing arrangements and are starting afresh with a new partnership. Its role will focus on project development and maximising the benefits arising from regeneration projects for local people and businesses.

"Wednesday's launch will showcase the new action-orientated approach. It will include a workshop session on current economic issues in Morriston and opportunities for joint working between partners to overcome these.

"This will be an example of how we hope the new body will approach city-wide regeneration issues going forward.  Future meetings will focus on regeneration issues that members identify should be worked on together. These will include inward investment, growing the tech sector, skills and employability."

Launch event: Wednesday 2 May 2-3.35pm, Tabernacle, Woodfield Street, Morriston, Swansea.

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