Campus barrier not put in place to fence in beach visitors
A NEW fence around the site of Swansea University's second campus is not to prevent walkers getting to the beach, bosses have confirmed.
Concerns about access have been raised by Coedffranc councillor Keith Davies — but a Swansea University spokeswoman said the fence is a health and safety measure while the works are taking place.
Signs will also be put in place to direct people around the fence and to the nearby beach.
Work has now started on site — which is located just off Fabian Way — where steel frames can be seen rising from the ground.
Mr Davies said he had failed to get to the beach because of the new fence.
Speaking at a Coedffranc meeting he said he did not have any issues with the gates, but with the fence that was on top of a two-metre fence that was already there.
"The only reason is to stop people accessing the beach which has been enjoyed for 50/60 years," he said.
"I don't know why they put it up.
"They are trying to keep people out. I failed to get to the beach because this fence has been erected outside their boundary fence."
In response councillor Harry Bebell said: "There is no intention of closing it off to the public.
"It just keeps the public away from the area. It is a temporary fence. They will be allowing residents to walk through the campus and out onto a prom on the beach.
"The fence is a temporary measure to keep people out because it is a dangerous site."
Councillor Paula Bebell added: "This university has promised the residents that they will always be able to get to the beach.
"Every time I go there fishermen are there."
Mr Davies added that during his visit he did not see any signs to direct walkers.
Chairwoman Annette Wingrave said they will ask the developer for signs directing people to the beach.
Mrs Bebell added that there is a liaison committee held at the community centre in Jersey Marine for residents to air their views about the development.
A Swansea University spokeswoman said: "A fence has been erected around the science and innovation campus site as a health and safety measure while the works are taking place and the construction team will shortly be installing fixed signs to direct people to the beach. Once the development of phase one is complete people will be able to walk through the campus."