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New promise over reinstalled "new" Pontarddulais benches

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 05, 2014


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A SWANSEA town mayor has asked the question how long does it take to replace some street benches?

David Beynon blasted redevelopment work in the town, back in December, after six new benches were installed — only to be replaced with the previous ones weeks later.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said at the time that the error was down to a mistake made by their contractors, and that the correct benches should be in place soon.

The spokesman told the Evening Post back in December: “They’ve been temporarily replaced by the old benches to ensure people still have somewhere to sit until the right type of seating is installed in a few days time.

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“These changes won’t cost the council anything.”

The new seats were installed as part of a £450,000 upgrade of the town.

Now, four months on, Mr Beynon said he is still waiting for the new benches to appear.

He said: “When they spent over £450,000 on a refurbishment in the town we where promised new bench seating and new bus shelters, they turfed the old stock up, replaced the old benches with new for a week then turfed them up and replaced with the old scruffy ones.

“The new shelters that where promised ended up being the old ones replaced, after a protest they give them a lick of a very imaginative colour scheme paint, mat black, the end result is a sad depressing bus depot. It has incensed a lot of people.

“Don't get me wrong the town needed a face lift, and the brick pavements were dangerous, however the disruption that was caused over a considerable period, and the lack of some of the finishing touches, make the value for money questionable.”

A spokesman for Swansea Council has given a new date for the installation of the new benches.

He said: “Over £450,000 has been invested in Pontarddulais to upgrade pavements, put more car parking spaces in place and improve cycle stands, bus stops and signage.

“Our contractor is now putting the finishing touches to the project and has informed us the new benches will be installed by the end of April.”

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  • abertawejack  |  April 06 2014, 11:36AM

    Well I wouldn't worry too much, you should see the benches outside "the Guildhall" they've been like that for years and I mean YEARS. Removing them is now a likely option in this so called "austerity" callings.

  • sonofsand  |  April 06 2014, 12:31AM

    Maybe thegrumpy old burghers of Pontardulais should dig into their own reserves and provide a few facilities themselves. Residents pay enough into the Town Council. Time they saw some actual benefit.

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