Flats scheme set to bring extra parking for shoppers
PLANS to transform a busy shopping area in Sketty have prompted mixed reaction.
Coastal Housing Group wants to build 22 flats and two retail units at Sketty Cross, transforming the look of the site bordered by Gower Road, Eversley Road and Vivian Road.
Four Eversley Roads units — 96, 96A, 114 and 116 — will make way for the scheme if the plans are approved by Swansea Council.
Some local businesses said they feared a loss of parking currently provided by the pay and display car park off Eversley Road.
But planning documents accompanying Coastal Housing's application said it aimed to increase the current 40-odd spaces by 16.
There will also be 15 dedicated spaces for residents of the new flats, although four spaces will be allocated to residents of the Bush public house scheme displaced by the new proposal.
A member of staff at Cafe Floyd, Eversley Road, who asked the Post not to name her, said: "I have got mixed feelings. I don't think anyone likes change."
But she added that the extra builders and contractors involved could bring in trade.
Sharon Davey-Parry, the owner of Mankind barber shop next door, said parking was the key issue, especially given the proximity of the Gower Road Sainsbury's and Tesco stores.
She added: "It may generate a bit more business." Vicky Stokes, the owner of Sketty Kwik Wash, Gower Road, said: "I am staying. But it's going to affect me — and there's the upheaval."
Sketty Travel and Sketty Cabs — two other businesses affected by the proposals — did not comment at the time of going to press.
Coastal Housing Group is behind several residential and mixed use schemes throughout the city.
The Sketty Cross application has been called in for discussion by Swansea councillors.
The planning report added: "Parking at the adjacent public car park (off Eversley Road) outside normal working hours will be managed by the applicant to provide free parking after normal working hours for residents utilising a residents' permit."