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Gower beauty spots set for spruce-up

SOME of Gower's best-loved heritage, leisure and natural beauty destinations are getting a £325,000 spruce-up in the coming months.

Port Eynon beach

Swansea Council has secured Welsh Government grants to help protect the natural beauty of some of our most scenic locations like Clyne Valley, Pennard Castle and Fairwood Common.

At the same time some of the money will be going to help manage the pressure of visitor numbers on locations like the Blue Flag beach at Port Eynon and nearby Horton.

David Hopkins, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Delivery and Operations, said there is already feasibility work underway to develop improved and more resilient visitor facilities at Port Eynon.

Grants from Welsh Government totalling £75,000 for Port Eynon and Horton will be spent upgrading facilities such as car parks, toilets and recycling stations at each location to ease pressures at the height of the summer season.

Cllr Hopkins said: "The Gower AONB is the greatest natural asset we have. As a council we've been there supporting local businesses and the natural environment through the pandemic.

"Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, the grants we've secured will help us protect natural habitats and tackle invasive non-local species like Japanese knotweed. The grants will also help us manage the return of visitors and staycationers while protecting and promoting the environment they've come to experience."

Apart from the Port Eynon and Horton improvements, £50,000 each is being spent on projects on Fairwood Common and Clyne Valley Country Park.

Working alongside Pennard Golf Club, which owns and cares for Pennard Castle, the council aims to spend £30,000 on improving the condition of the iconic location, access and way-marking to routes around the castle, events and interpretation facilities.

At the same time £20,000 has been earmarked to improve footpath and way-marking links between Reynoldston and Cefn Bryn for visitors wanting to visit and find out more about Cefn Bryn Common and its famous Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic burial chamber.

In addition to these initiatives, the Welsh Government support includes a £100,000 Sustainable Development Fund that the Gower AONB Partnership grants to local projects that promote and protect the area.

The proposals for spending the Welsh Government grant were agreed by Cabinet at its meeting on June 17.                                                


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