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Partners come together to focus on regenerating Swansea

A high-level new partnership is to help regenerate Swansea - and its initial work will tackle six key issues.

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Regeneration Swansea will focus on inward investment, skills and employability, growing the ICT sector, business support, regeneration funding and addressing the economic challenges facing local districts, starting with Morriston.

A cross-sector partnership of high-profile organisations, it was launched at Morriston's historic Tabernacle. The partnership is a successor to the Swansea Economic Regeneration Partnership (SERP).

Members include 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.

Regeneration Swansea will be managed by Swansea Council who also managed the SERP.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "I am delighted that SERP partner organisations agreed to draw a line under existing arrangements and to start afresh with a new partnership which will offer new focus and added impetus.

"It will build on the strengths of SERP - such as information sharing - whilst playing a more active role in regeneration. Regeneration Swansea will focus on project development and maximising the benefits arising from regeneration projects for local people and businesses.

"It's important to have a local economic regeneration partnership to help drive change here and to complement the City Region's work on the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal. There are economic issues that we can collectively address.

"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 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."

The Morriston meeting which saw the formation of Regeneration Swansea on May 2 was opened by Cllr Stewart and included a presentation by Coastal chief executive Debbie Green, also a director of Wales regeneration body CREW.

The next meeting of Regeneration Swansea is due to take place in June. Task and finish groups will be set up to look closely at each of its six key issues.

Photo: Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart, front right, and director of place Martin Nicholls with fellow delegates at Morriston Tabernacle for the launch of Regeneration Swansea. 

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