Cllrs Des Thomas and Mark Child

West Cross councillors delighted by decision to save picturesque coastal land from possible development

West Cross councillors Mark Child and Des Thomas are delighted Swansea Council listened to their concerns and decided not to proceed with any development of the land on the Mumbles side of the West Cross Inn.

The Council had engaged in a public consultation on a number of sites around the bay including the car park at the bottom of Sketty Lane, the Blackpill Lido, land around the skate ramp at West Cross and two tennis courts in Langland.

But following strong representation from Cllrs Child and Thomas and the local community, the Council indicated that the West Cross Inn site development plans are very unlikely to go forward.

Labour Cllr Mark Child said: “I am delighted that the Council have listened to our comments and submission about this site in West Cross. I have shared our submission with a number of constituents who have all commented that it is a good response.

“I want to improve access to the promenade, add to the attractiveness of the of the prom, and increase the amount of people enjoying it. I believe this is the Council’s motivation as well, but I welcome the recognition that this is not a site for permanent structures and we have been able to protect it.”

Cllr Thomas said he welcomed the withdrawal of the West Cross Inn site.

“We, Mark and I, immediately made our feelings known to the Council when the PIN notices (Prior Information Notices) were first announced, although I personally had to choose my words carefully, being a member of the Planning Committee, and not therefore being accused of predetermining any future Planning Application,” said Cllr Thomas.

“Some of the other sites advertised are ‘crying out’ for investment, and it’s particularly sad to see the Blackpill Lido site only being used for three or four months of the year due to the financial situation that SCC finds itself in.”


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