Festive parking boost on the way
AN extra 135 parking spaces are being created in Swansea in time for Christmas.
Work will start in the next few days on the temporary spaces on the former Oldway House site that has now been demolished.
Access to the car park will be from a new entrance created off Albert Row.
The project will add to the 160 temporary car parking spaces that were introduced late last year to replace large parts of the former St David's Shopping Centre site that had become empty and unsightly.
The Welsh Government contributed grants towards the purchase and demolition of the St David's and Oldway House sites through its regeneration area programme.
It's expected the project will be finished by the first week of December.
Swansea Council leader David Phillips said: "This is an important site for the long-term redevelopment of the city centre but, in the meantime, we want to put it to good use to help boost trade.
"We know traders and shoppers want more parking close to the shops, so we hope the availability of an extra 135 temporary spaces at this site will have a positive impact.
"This is a scheme that will be especially welcome in the fortnight or so that leads up to Christmas because that's traditionally the busiest time of year for our traders.
"We need to do all we can to help our traders compete with out-of-town retail parks and online shopping."
The project will also include landscaping works outside St David's Priory Church and an upgrade of the canopy outside the Jewellery Centre on St David's Square.
It comes in the wake of the re-launch of the Swansea city centre loyalty card that's now been snapped up by thousands of shoppers. The loyalty card, which can only be redeemed in-store at the scores of shops, restaurants and other businesses taking part, gives access to a variety of discounts and offers as a way of attracting more people into the city centre.