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Council property sale set to boost services for local people

Swansea Council has sold a prominent disused building and will reinvest the money in other long-term assets.


The £140,000 proceeds from the sale of Mayhill's former Swansea Boys Club (pictured) come at a time when the council's government funding is falling.

The resulting investment in the council's wider capital programme will, in turn, help maintain services for the council's thousands of local residents.

Clive Lloyd, the council's cabinet member for business transformation and performance, said: "This is a good deal for Mayhill and a good deal for people across Swansea.

"The money we have raised from the sale will help council services right around the city.

"We look forward to seeing the buyer's plans for the site. We hope it will mean new life and vitality for this area of Mayhill."

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "This is an example of the superb work taking place as we look to become more streamlined as a council, make best use of our estate and generate money to reinvest back into services for the benefit of residents.

"This is especially important at a time as the council continues to face unprecedented financial challenges due to austerity."

The Swansea Boys Club building and its surrounding land have spectacular views looking across the lower reaches of the River Tawe towards Kilvey Hill.

The property, at the hillside junction of Berwick Terrace, High View, Long Ridge and Baptist Well Place, has a detached building with basement, ground floor and first floors. The site measures around 2,000 sq m.

The building is thought to have been vacant for more than a decade. Efforts were made to bring fresh life to the site before the decision to sell was made. It was sold by the council's property team.

The property may be suitable for residential redevelopment. Possible redevelopment will be subject to the developers obtaining all necessary consents such as planning permission.

In recent years the council's property sales have included the former Manselton Primary School site on Cecil Street, the former pupil referral unit on West Cross Avenue and the former Four Seasons site on Trallwn Road, Llansamlet.


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