Swansea Labour are delighted that the number of trees in a key Swansea city centre location is to increase.
Seventeen new trees – including species such as red maple and birch – are to be planted close to the Tesco Marina store.
The new greenery, supported by the introduction of other plants, will be part of work on the £135m Swansea Central Phase One scheme.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, the council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: “I’m delighted that we’re increasing the number of trees in that area.
“Swansea is becoming a greener city and our regeneration projects reflect that, with hundreds of trees appearing in the Kingsway area and planned for the Swansea Central Phase one development.
“This council wants to maintain and enhance Swansea’s natural resources and biodiversity – and Wellington Street is an example of that.
“Around the city centre we’re creating new parkland, new green areas, planting many more trees and a delivering a huge re-greening programme.
“We’re making Wellington Street two-way to ensure straightforward access for road users to two major council car parks – including the new one – and to the Tesco car park.
“We’ve completed preparatory work on Wellington Street and – this summer – will move onto the main improvements.”
The Swansea Central Phase One scheme will accompany improvements to Wellington Street. These will allow improved access to the Quadrant multi-storey and Tesco car parks, and easy access to a 588-space multi-storey being built as part of Swansea Central on the former St Mary’s car park.
The improvement work is being carried out by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd on behalf of Swansea Council.
Disability parking provision will continue to be close to the store entrance.
As part of the work eight existing trees will be removed from land immediately on the Tesco side of Wellington Street.
The trees being removed are part of the original Swansea Central Phase One plan and were included in the planning application process.
Wellington Street construction work is due to start this summer and is due to take several months. Throughout the work, access will remain for Tesco, the Quadrant multi-storey and the street’s coach facility.
Tesco have been fully consulted and city centre businesses are being informed of the changes.
Swansea Central Phase One will include a 3,500-capacity arena which is key to the city’s regeneration.
Other aspects of the scheme will include car parking, a landmark bridge, a coastal park, commercial units and apartments.
CAPTION: Trees that have already been planted in the Kingsway