Have Your Say: United plan is needed
A BIG thank you should be given to the organisers of the Where Waters Meet tourism industry conference in Swansea last week, which did such a great job in promoting our maritime heritage and culture.
For me, the outstanding lesson of the conference was that the city's physical, historical and cultural assets should be joined-up and strategic, rather than left to the enthusiasm of voluntary projects or the whims of developers.
Nowhere was this more evident that in Professor Huw Bowen's presentation of the invaluable Copperopolis project at Hafod and Landore, where the remaining precious relics of the vast copper industry that dominated the formation of our 19th century city, are unbelievably under threat from isolation and yet more megalomaniac road schemes.
Key to the success of that fine project is popular access along both sides of the river — on the west, with a pedestrian and cycle route funded by city centre strengthening, residential and other development, culture and industrial heritage, currently best enjoyed on the regular community boat sailings from the marina.
And on the east side, we could view that history with the enrichment of an environmental and ecological riverside park at modest cost.
That's what cities around the world, from Prague to New York, are doing while we give away the family silver to insular housing development schemes and yet more road solutions.
What better building blocks for city planning are there than our bay, our river, our culture and our heritage? Joining them up in a human way, is surely worth a sentence or two in our local development plan, to provide backbone to our strategic thinking.
The social, commercial and tourism benefits are hardly imaginable through the eyes of our current neglect of the city's historic building blocks.