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Two Swansea regeneration projects receive £500,000 funding

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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MORE than £500,000 has been awarded to two Swansea regeneration projects.

Swansea Council's Waterfront Connections project, which aims to improve the link between the city centre and the waterfront for pedestrians and cyclists, is to received £350,000 Welsh Government funding.

And the Hafod Copperworks project, a joint initiative between Swansea Council and Swansea University to preserve an integral part of the story of the Swansea copper industry, is to receive £158,000.

Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis said: "These two very different projects brilliantly demonstrate the variety and quality of attractions that Swansea has to offer and how we are helping to make the most of the wonderful natural and historic resources in the city for both visitors and local residents."

"I am delighted that Welsh Government Regeneration Area funding is being put to such good use to benefit so many people and improve the city, which will in turn boost the local economy."

The funding for the Water- front Connections project will enable improvements such as landscaping, additional tree planting and an enhanced public art programme and signage works to complement the Boulevard scheme.

The Hafod Copperworks site dates back to 1810 and includes 14 buildings and structures of international historic significance. The latest funding will go towards stabilising the listed V&S engine shed on the site, and will also fund landscaping works on the site to create a suitable gateway for the project.

Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The Waterfront Connections and Hafod Copperworks projects are terrific examples of how we can benefit both Swansea people and visitors to the city by working in close partnership with the Welsh Government and Swansea University.

"The ongoing Waterfront Connections scheme is giving pedestrians and cyclists better links than ever between the city centre and our stunning waterfront while the Hafod Copperworks scheme will breathe new life into a site that's of international historic significance.

"These schemes show we're determined to make Swansea a modern, vibrant city where we also do all we can to preserve and celebrate our heritage."

The Waterfront Connections scheme is part of the Swansea Waterfront City, a £32 million project funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Regeneration Area programme and Swansea Council.

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6 comments

  • Philosoraptor  |  February 18 2013, 10:47AM

    James, that is something only fat people say. Put down the mars bar and hop on your bike, excuse the pun. Lancelot, what you consider a waste of money and what others consider a waste of money are completely different things. Neath town centre needed a bit a spruce-up, that fact you think differently just shows out of touch with reality you really are. Neathboy looks like some fatties didn't like your post. Thou shalt not speak of lifting bum of car seat.

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  • lancelot69  |  February 17 2013, 7:34AM

    I think its good that for a change they are not spending millions on changes, seems realistically calculated unlike the waste of millions on neath town centre and port talbot railway station

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 17 2013, 12:38AM

    jamesjSwansea i use to cycle to work 10 miles each way come rain or shine. And when i got home i either went for a run or an hour doing weights. Don't be such a wimp

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  • jamesjSwansea  |  February 16 2013, 5:59PM

    These politicians make me laugh, they live in a fantasy world. Swansea is one of the wettest cities in Europe, even though I am an avid biker myself this is not going to help matters and get people out of their cars and is a complete waste of money.

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  • pyreneo04  |  February 16 2013, 5:53PM

    Now hopefully people will stop moaning that Swansea never gets any funding.

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  • jamesjSwansea  |  February 16 2013, 5:43PM

    These politicians make me laugh, they live in a fantasy world. Swansea is one of the wettest cities in Europe, even though I am an avid biker myself this is not going to help matters and get people out of their cars and is a complete waste of money.

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