Plans to build garage disturb harmony of Brynmill Park life
A ROW over a planning application is threatening to upset park life in Swansea.
The lodge in Brynmill Park was sold off by Swansea Council and the new owner has applied for planning permission to build a detached garage next to the property.
The owner, Tim Andrews, has submitted the application to the council's area 1 planning committee.
In section 6 of the application form, pre-application advice, it said that the applicant has met with the Friends of Brynmill Park who have verbally given their support for the proposed garage.
However the Friends of Brynmill Park categorically deny supporting the proposed garage and have gone as far as to publicly oppose the construction.
Speaking on behalf of the Friends of Brynmill Park Norman McCarley said: "He has got it wrong. We have not come to any arrangement with him.
"I have only met him once, we have asked him to come to meetings that we have held in the park but he has never accepted.
"I have spoken to all the friends and they are all totally disgusted and annoyed with him.
"We want to buy the land back from him and not see it being built on."
Mr McCarley added that the friends had decided to speak out over the issue in order to reassure the public.
He said: "We are concerned that the public gets to know what is going on and that the Friends are not just standing by, we are looking after their interests."
Swansea Council has now called the application in which will see the application scrutinised in greater detail.
The Evening Post tried to contact Mr Andrews through his agent but had received no reply by the time of going to press.
Councillor John Bayliss, who called the application in, said: "My concern is that the planning application will have an altering effect on the park's character.
"I'm a bit disappointed that when the council sold the lodge itself it wasn't made clear that this sort of development would be unsuitable."
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "The application will be determined on its own merits."
Brynmill was awarded a Green Flag this summer in recognition of it being a high-quality green space which gives people of all ages a hugely rewarding visitor experience.
The amenity's Victorian lodge was sold at auction last year.
Initially the Friends of Brynmill Park formed as a pressure group in response to the closure of the Aviary in 2000 and concerns of the long term welfare of the park.
It has since aided the rejuvenation of the Uplands ward based park.
The Friends opposed the sale of the park's lodge last year claiming that the sale would devalue the park they have fought hard to preserve.