The Swansea Labour city council has taken a step forward in its environmental responsibilities to ensure vital flood defence measures are implemented along the seawall in Mumbles.
The Council has enlisted the award-winning services of Amey Consulting to assist in the design of flood defence measures to help protect Mumbles from the future risk of rising sea levels.
The existing seawall was constructed in the last part of the 19th century as part of the Swansea and Mumbles railway extension and has withstood more than a century of high tides.
Last year boreholes were carried out along the promenade to assess the condition of the existing seawall structure. Studies are now underway to monitor daily sea levels and wave activity – this will help inform the future design of the new sea wall.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “The seawall in Mumbles has done its job for many decades.
“Inspections of the wall have shown a deterioration of some sections so we want to look at a wider plan to repair and improve this important structure to provide effective flood risk management for Mumbles for many years to come.
“We have now brought in our partners Amey Consulting – who bring with them a wealth of experience in the design and improvement of sea defences elsewhere in the UK.”
Caroline Lewis, Country Director Wales, Amey Consulting, commented: “We’re pleased to have been awarded the Mumbles Coastal Protection Project and to be working with The City Council of Swansea for the first time.
“This project aligns with environmental and sustainable development priorities where we are collectively working to tackle climate change.”
As well as coastal flood risk management, the scheme will seek to preserve and enhance the promenade and seafront amenities such as slightly widening the promenade at pinch-points.
The Labour Council will also look at other opportunities that could help boost tourism and business opportunities – this will involve creating better links between key elements of Mumbles including the commercial centre of Mumbles, the park area and the sea.