How the top of Kilvey Hill might look

Swansea Labour gives total backing to Kilvey Hill tourist plan

Swansea Labour are right behind the idea of exploring plans to transform Kilvey Hill into a tourist destination to complement the redevelopment of the city centre.

The project involves investigating the possibility of building a gondola, restaurant luge track and zip wire overlooking the city.

The bosses of New Zealand-based Skyline Enterprises have met Swansea Council leaders to assess the site’s panoramic potential.

The plans are still in their embryonic phase but Skyline Enterprises’ appearance from the other side of the world is strong evidence of interest especially as this is the second time one of its team has been on a site visit.

Council leader Rob Stewart said Skyline Enterprises has had Swansea on their radar as they search out possible European sites.

“When Skyline Enterprises were looking for European sites, Swansea scored very highly on their wish list,” he said.

“We have had some really productive discussions. We are looking to bring a fantastic tourism offering for Swansea.

“It fits in with the overall plans to redevelop the city, including the River Tawe corridor.”

Chairman of Mark Quickfall Skyline Enterprises said his company had been impressed by the positivity of Swansea’s Labour administration, who explained to them the wider regeneration proposals for the city.

“We are certainly impressed with the enthusiasm of the council to enable these types of things. We are going away from this visit quite excited,” admitted Mr Quickfall.”

Visitors to Kilvey Hill would take a chair lift to the top and ride the go-cart-like luges, down to the bottom.
A gondola would ferry sightseers to the top where they could enjoy the panoramic views while eating at a hill-top restaurant. Other options for the site could be a zip wire and mountain bike trails.

Swansea Council owns much of the land at Kilvey Hill, while environmental watchdog Natural Resources Wales manages the woodland.

Skyline Enterprises operates luges in New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and South Korea, gondolas in two New Zealand locations, as well as other tourism ventures including helicopter rides.

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