The planned development of sporting facilities at Underhill Park has taken a significant step forward after a decision by Swansea Council’s Labour cabinet.
The cabinet has agreed in principle to grant a 125-year lease of Underhill Park to Mumbles Community Council.
That will allow MCC to put into action around £1.3m’s worth of development of the park.
Labour chair of Mumbles Community Council Cllr Martin O’Neill (pictured) said: “This decision by Swansea Council is welcomed in Mumbles as it opens the way, after many years, to making progress on providing sporting facilities in Underhill Park.
“Since we gained control of the Community Council this has been one of Labour’s goals, and now through the Community Council Mumbles has a chance of seeing progress.”
MCC have already secured £500,000 in a lottery and other grants with the help of local sports clubs, and have also applied for a £800,000 loan through Welsh Government channels.
Added Cllr O’Neill added: “Bringing all this together is a really great opportunity for the community and this is something we have been working towards for a long time now.”
The money will be invested in a 4g pitch, new changing facilities, a community café and public toilets.
Labour Cllr Robert Francis Davies, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with Mumbles Community Council recently to make progress on the much needed improvements in Underhill Park.
“It has been our Labour manifesto promise to improve sporting facilities for the public across Swansea, and hopefully this will add Mumbles to the communities of Llansamlet, Penyrheol, Morriston, and Hafod where this has already been achieved.”