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Skateboard safety fears at disused Sketty garage

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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

  • Sketty councillor Huw Rees says he is worried about children playing in the former Jet petrol station on Eversely Road

  • Sketty Huw Rees at the former Jet petrol garage on Eversley Road

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YOUNGSTERS are using a disused petrol garage as a playground and skate park — putting themselves in danger, a councillor has warned.

The former Jet filling station on Eversley Road in Sketty, Swansea, has been empty for years — and a magnet for local teens.

Ward councillor Huw Rees said security fencing and wooden boards had recently been removed from around the garage, and children were playing on the site.

He said: “I am very concerned about the safety consequences of what is happening.

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“I have had lots of reports from people of children getting in there and climbing and using it for skateboarding.

“There is a wall at the back with a drop down onto Gower Road and I am worried somebody is going to get seriously hurt.”

He added: “A lot of residents are raising this issue with me.”

The site has been disused for more than 15 years, and in common with many former petrol stations with their extensive underground storage tanks, it has proved difficult to redevelop.

Concerns about youngsters playing on the site have rumbled on almost since the day the garage closed.

Mr Rees said: “In the short term something needs to be done to secure the site properly before there is an accident.

“In the long term of course the site needs to be redeveloped — it has been a real eyesore for years now, and nothing seems to be done to reuse the it.”

A Swansea Council spokesman said officers would be visiting Eversley Road today to assess the site and what improvements could be made.

The owner of the site was unavailable for comment.

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  • deridu  |  March 15 2014, 3:05PM

    Well Mr Rees you ARE a councillor DO something about it. Oue children have nowhere to play. Surely if Port Talbot CAN do it,Swansea can

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