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Work starts on glass viewing panel outside 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on Swansea prom

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

new perspective Swansea Council have started work to take down the wall to give people using the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre a better view of the beach. SWJM20130429B-009_C

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A WALL which was blocking the views of glorious Swansea Bay has been taken down.

And work has started on a glass replacement outside the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on the prom.

Council chiefs said customers at the centre near St Helen's, liked the place but, as was pointed out in an Evening Post story, wanted to be able to see the sand and sea.

A section of wall has now been removed and safety fencing put up. The next step will see a concrete plinth put in place before an 85ft long panel of specialised glass is installed by the start of June.

Visitors and residents have welcomed the new glass wall.

Alan Joel of Swansea, an avid walker of the promenade, said: "I think anything to improve the walkway is a good thing. I walk here two or three times a week and if it improves it then I'm for it. We needed the cafe here and it makes it better. I can understand why they've done it. It's nice to be able to see the sea and Mumbles.

"It's a wonderful view and we're lucky to have it."

And Claire Tristhom from Tycoch added: "It will be better to look out over the sea and the beach, especially for people sitting outside. It's a good idea. More people will want to sit outside on a sunny day like today. It's certainly much better than it was before."

However, Keith Evans and his wife Helen were not so impressed.

Mr Evans said: "I don't see the point in taking the wall down. What difference does a wall make? If they want to see the view, all they need to do is stand up. But the wall's down now, so they might as well go ahead with it."

And Mrs Evans added: "It's a nice view, but what are they looking at, the sea? I don't see why the wall really needed to be brought down."

The glass panel is one of a range of improvements being introduced at the centre, which opened last year. The centre is run by Bay Sport Ltd — a partnership between Bay Leisure Ltd and Swansea University. Other improvements include the installation of an all-weather, retractable awning and widening of the car park entrance.

It is being funded by Visit Wales's Tourism Investment Support Scheme, following a successful bid for cash.

Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "This new glass panel will give customers there and the many thousands of people who visit the promenade every year fantastic views of the bay."

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  • Whichypoohs  |  May 02 2013, 5:26PM

    I wonder if Swansea Council will be using local tradesmen/women, or will they be using companies based in Cardiff? I found it strange that when they were building this structure, all the work-vans had Cardiff written on the side. All for supporting your own and all that .......

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  • cyclingnomad  |  May 02 2013, 9:26AM

    I find it very frustrating that these issues were not considered when designing and building this venue. Surely it would have been obvious with a beachfront site that customers would want to enjoy the veiw! I also note that the counter area has been re designed. I visited the cafe just after it opened 7 months ago and experienced bad service, disorganised staff and a very badly designed queuing system. Why were these basic design flaws allowed to be implemented? I think the architect needs to be held accountable. I wonder how much all these works have now cost to put things right. Judging by the prices of the food they will cover their costs in no time!

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