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Mumbles Pier set to reopen to the public

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By Jason Evans / jason.evans@swwmedia.co.uk / @EvansTheCrime

The public can now visit the new £9.5 million lifeboat station at the end of the pier - and its state-of-the-art boat, the Roy Barker IV.

The public can now visit the new £9.5 million lifeboat station at the end of the pier - and its state-of-the-art boat, the Roy Barker IV.

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MUMBLES Pier is to reopen to the public next week — though access will be limited.

The owners say the number of people allowed on to the Victorian structure will be controlled, with a maximum of 200 people allowed to tread the boards at any one time.

The decision means the public will be able to visit the new £9.5 million lifeboat station at the end of the pier — and its state-of-the-art boat, the Roy Barker IV — for the first time.

The pier was closed in July 2011 for restoration work and the construction of the RNLI boathouse.

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A spokesman for the firm that owns the pier, Ameco, said: "We can confirm that Mumbles Pier will reopen on a restricted basis on Monday, April 28. This will be allow visitors to gain access to the new RNLI lifeboat house.

"Safety and insurance requirements mean that visitors will only be able to walk along the centre section. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 200 at any one time.

"We will also be issuing up to 20 daily permits for the new sea-angling platforms alongside the boathouse."

He added: "We have made this decision to show good faith with the RNLI and the people of Mumbles and Swansea who have backed the restoration project over the last six years."

The pier and headland are owned by the Bollom family, who have put the cost of restoring and refurbishing the pier at some £3.5million, and say the project is only viable if controversial plans for a hotel, flats, cafes, shops and foreshore boardwalk go ahead.

Planning permission for the headland development was granted by Swansea Council in 2011.

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