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300 respond to consultation as tourism boss welcomes debate

TOURISM leaders have welcomed a consultation on how several plots of council-owned land could be used in future.

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Residents and businesses are being asked for their views and ideas about how the sites that will remain in council ownership could be sympathetically developed for tourism purposes.

Although the consultation only opened at the weekend and runs until June 10 almost 300 responses have already been received.

The sites are land on the Mumbles side of the West Cross Inn; Land around the skate ramp at West Cross; Blackpill Lido and Sketty Lane car park.

Also included in the consultation is the part of the Langland tennis courts still managed by Swansea Council.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: "Swansea Bay is one of the best and most loved locations in Wales but residents and visitors tell us they would like more cafes, restaurants and other facilities along the prom.

"Last year when the former 360 Café shut we had 14 businesses come forward looking to take it on so there is clearly commercial demand as well.

"I'm really pleased in the level of interest in the consultation so far and I would encourage anyone with an interest to have their say.

"But I would stress there are no proposals, this is just an opportunity to generate ideas

"We only want ideas that are sympathetic to the bay and our wonderful natural environment, there will be no over-development or high-rise. We want to enhance what we already have, not spoil it."

Tourism in the Swansea Bay area is worth more than £440m annually and supports more than 5,000 jobs.

Stephen Crocker, Chair of Tourism Swansea Bay, said: "I believe that a couple of sensitive developments that will enhance the visitor facilities along the seafront will only bring more people to Swansea.

"It is important that we do all we can to enhance our attractions while maintaining the beauty and character of what makes our tourism offer so special.

"I think it will be interesting to see the suggestions that residents and businesses come forward with.

"The right developments at the right locations would provide jobs and opportunities for our young people and make the city and our seafront an even better destination."

To take part in the consultation visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/seafront

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