Coastal Housing offers parking pledge to worried Sketty shoppers
AN under-fire social housing group said it would provide more parking spaces for shoppers at Sketty Cross than previously planned.
Some 400 people have signed petitions opposing Coastal Housing’s plans for 22 flats and two commercial units on land bordered by Vivian Road, Eversley Road and Gower Road.
The crux of their opposition is concern about loss of parking as a result of the development encroaching on the pay and display car park.
A Coastal Housing spokesman said it was very aware of the parking issue and that it was tweaking its proposals, paving the way for 20 rather than 16 public spaces to be retained.
Sketty Residents’ Association chairman Geraint Llewelyn said he had handed in petitions with 380 signatures opposing the scheme to Swansea Council.
“We have had more signatures subsequently,” said Mr Llewelyn, of De-La-Beche Road.
He said there was a big parking problem in Sketty and claimed that taking away a chunk of the pay and display car park would have serious consequences.
“The car park is fundamental to the survival of the Sketty commercial area,” he said.
“I would suggest the population of Sketty is above middle age, and these people can’t carry bags a long way.”
Mr Llewelyn did, however, concede that the site in question was looking tired and could do with revamping.
Sketty councillor Cheryl Philpott, who with ward colleague Mike Day called in Coastal Housing’s application for discussion by a council committee, said businesses had been pressing them about the parking issue.
Martin Dilley, the owner of Western Radio, Eversley Road, said Sketty used to have a second car park behind Lloyds TSB on Gower Road.
Just how busy the Eversley Road car park is has been disputed.
Mr Dilley said it was 75 per cent full at 9.30am yesterday.
“The development is going to take up valuable parking,” he said.
A Coastal Housing spokesman said it had worked hard to come up with a fair balance. “We have revised the parking for the scheme and the reduction in parking isn’t as bad it may have initially appeared,” he said.
“On the plans we submitted there were 16 public parking spaces shown and 15 private spaces for residents of the new flats. This has now been revised to give 20 public spaces and 11 private (ones) while maintaining all access points.”
Mr Llewelyn claimed city planners may yet, however, require Coastal to increase its parking provision for the 25 flats.
The housing provider also pointed othere was a lack of affordable homes in Swansea West.
It said its 25-flat scheme would benefit people in Sketty who would like to live in the area but were unable to “due to high rents and inflated property prices”.
Discussions are taking place with the shops which will be affected if the plans are approved by councillors.
Coastal Housing said it did not own Sainsbury’s and Sketty Kwik Wash. Party wall agreements would be sorted out, it said, to ensure no structural issues arose, adding that disruption during construction would be minimised.
It said it was talking to Sketty Cabs and Sketty Travel. As loyal tenants they would, said Coastal Housing, have first refusal on the new commercial units.