Swansea councillors will decide whether to back make-over proposals for Parc Tawe. The plans are modest in scope but it's what we should expect for a location that has struggled commercially in recent times.
Years ago, a speculative developer proposed a redesign of the entire retail park and road system. He wanted to create a mini-roundabout at the junction of Welcome Lane and the Strand. This would have allowed a new direct vehicle access into Parc Tawe.
It eventually came to nothing but I believe it would have revitalised the entire area. The plan also included a revamp for Welcome House which has since fallen into semi-dereliction.
I expect the Hammersons application to go through but I do hope that someone challenges the bizarre situation which prohibits the sale of food, clothing and footwear.
This makes no sense. It has nothing to do with protecting the city centre, especially when you have a Lidl store in the second Parc Tawe phase just across the road.
Surely it's tough enough competing with out of town retail outlets without adding further daft hurdles of our own.