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Swansea promenade still covered in sand months after storms

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

Swansea promenade near St Helens covered in piles of sand formed during the January storms.

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AT first sight, it looks rather more like the Sahara than the Sandfields.

And yes, it really is Swansea.

And this is the effect of last winter's storms still being seen along Swansea's seafront, particularly in the area close to the former Slip Bridge site.

Tonnes of sand blew over the sea wall, both on to the promenade itself and even into nearby Sandfields during January and February. Council bosses said at the time they thought it likely the weather would play a big part in blowing much of it back again.

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But five months on and some of it has refused to budge.

So much so that cyclists are now reporting problems peddling their way through it. And a huge flower bed on a nearby fork in the road is covered in a thick layer of sand meaning it cannot be planted until it has gone.

Cyclist Ken Saunders, from Sketty in Swansea, said: "If anything, it appears to be getting worse.

"Not only is it on the promenade itself, but also on grass verges. It just isn't going anywhere.

"It is now becoming a bit of an issue for those who use the prom a lot as it is difficult to cycle over."

The sand is also still lying in nearby streets as well as on embankments close to the 360 Watersports Centre.

A council spokesman said today a "significant amount of sand" had been removed from the pavements along the seafront since the stormy weather occurred.

He added: "Communities and roads near beaches everywhere will get sandy because of the wind and their location. But we do work hard to limit the impact by arranging for regular sweeps of the main road and prom to ensure pedestrians and cyclists can use the route."

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  • charioteer17  |  May 09 2014, 10:15AM

    One good thing has come out of this...it has slowed down speeding cyclists.

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  • Dooyah  |  May 08 2014, 9:15PM

    Swansea Bay has had problems with sand blowing over what remains visible of the wall ever since the sand dunes were removed by bulldozers. It was the marram grass roots growing deep and wide in the dunes that kept the sand in place. Oh yes, EP, bicycles have pedals so it's 'pedalling'.

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  • Gwyddno  |  May 08 2014, 2:54PM

    Jiffy: Or a Jo'burg accent e.g. "I heet the brek peddle to evoid eh cresh."

  • Jiffy  |  May 08 2014, 1:52PM

    That's the correct spelling, if said with a Sketty accent...

  • Gwyddno  |  May 08 2014, 1:14PM

    "... peddling their way through it." Does sand deter drug peddlers in the same way?

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