Swansea Point sand dunes boardwark to be discussed by councillors
A BOARDWALK in Swansea's sand dunes could soon become a reality.
It would have a viewing platform at the end to take in the beauty of the bay.
The proposed location is the dunes at Swansea Point at the back of the Marina, and council officers hope it will help protect the dunes for the future.
Swansea Council's cabinet members are set to discuss the new structure at a meeting on Monday.
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They will be asked for permission to submit a planning application to council officers to build the boardwalk.
Draft proposals for the scheme will go before members at the meeting.
The report, written by Deb Hill, said: "The purpose of the boardwalk and viewing platform is to enable people of all abilities to access the dunes and enjoy the panoramic views across Swansea Bay. It will also help channel access across the dunes, minimising erosion in other areas."
The boardwalk is set to be made from recycled plastic and will be 70m (230ft) in length.
It will start at the car park by the Aurora apartment building, ending with the viewing platform.
The boardwalk will be funded through a 106 agreement (a legal agreement between planning officers and a developer).
And if funding allows, an information board pointing out the wildlife in the dunes and features in the bay and across the channel could be added at the viewing platform.
The report adds that the work is required as part of the dunes management programme set down in the 106 agreement with MAPA Spontex UK and Persimmon Homes.
This is just one of the plans Swansea Council is looking at to try to make the most of the bay. Visitors to the new 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on the seafront opposite St Helen's could soon be taking in views across the bay.
Swansea Council and Bay Sport announced they were exploring funding opportunities that would cover either the construction of a new promenade viewing platform or a glass screen to replace part of the sea wall.
Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The 360 Beach and Watersports Centre has already been a big hit with people since first opening its doors a few weeks ago, but we're now looking to further improve the visitor experience that's available there.
"The construction of a promenade viewing platform or a glass palisade to replace part of the sea wall would allow visitors to take in stunning views of Swansea Bay in its full glory without having an impact on the protection of our coastline during times of high tide and storms."