Waterfront skate park project suspended as opponents launch forensic review


Skateboarders in Swansea will have to be patient after a judicial review is filed for a new skate park on the waterfront.

Opponents of the £ 360,000 scheme have tasked lawyers to challenge the Swansea Council’s decision to transfer land in Llwynderw, West Cross, to the Mumbles Community Council for the skate park.

The community council has led the project from the start and got approval last February to build the skate park when the Swansea Council planning committee voted in favor of it with one vote.

Other obstacles had to be overcome. A due diligence exercise was carried out to ensure that the Llwynderw site – where the mini halfpipe is located – was the most suitable in the area for a skate park, and the terrain then had to be relocated.

Swansea Council Cabinet accepted a 25-year lease of the land to the community council in January of this year, and it is this transfer that is now in the spotlight.

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In response to the judicial review, Martin Nicholls, the director of the council location, said: “The council has been made aware of legal proceedings relating to a judicial review of the decision to cede land in West Cross to the community council of Mumbles to use as a skate.

“This action is a disappointing response to a proposed community project which has the potential to benefit and support the well-being of many young people in Swansea now and in the years to come.

“It is clear that the process to date has demonstrated a need and support for such a skate park for the youth of our communities.”

Mr Nicholls added: “We are studying the content of the court documents and will respond to them in due course. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this point.”

The community council is also aware of judicial review – a means by which individuals or groups can challenge the legality of decisions made by public bodies.

Mumbles Road’s Llwynderw skate park project enjoys wide support, but concerns have been raised about its proximity to the boardwalk, safety and that parents might try to drop their children off on the busy road to get there. access – this despite a fence and a hedge screen. there motorists.

Young people enjoying the mini-half pipe in Llwynderw, where the new skate park is planned

The community council has commissioned a company to build the skate park and will apply for grants to fund most of the costs.

The fluid, bowl-shaped skate park would suit skateboarders of all ages and skill levels, as well as BMX and scooter riders.

Speaking at last year’s planning meeting, West Cross Councilor Mark Child told committee members: “You have the chance to make a decision that will bring great joy to many young people.

Cllr Linda-Tyler Lloyd, whose Mayals neighborhood just integrates the Llwynderw skate park site, said she had received numerous emails from residents questioning the proposal and also emails supporting it.

Her head, she said, was “like a wringer”.

After the committee’s close vote in favor, then Mumbles Community Council Chair Carrie Townsend Jones said: “We were just thrilled to have gotten the approval, and now we can really start to move on. ‘forward and forward. “

This relief was taken over by the Mumbles Skatepark Association, which is helping to raise funds for the project, when the lease was closed earlier in the year.

A spokesperson for the association said at the time: “The work that has been done so far in the process has been phenomenal, and it is clear that Mumbles Community Council and Swansea Council are seeing to it. how beneficial it will be for the community. “


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