Swansea's Waterfront Winterland set to stay put
SWANSEA'S Waterfront Winterland looks set to stay put in its usual location this year.
Last week the Post reported city planners were considering relocating the attraction closer to the city centre, in a bid to boost footfall for traders.
A move still could take place in the future but next week Swansea Council is asking its cabinet for permission to submit a planning application for the staging of the attraction at Museum Park from November this year to early January 2014.
If approved it will come as relief to members of St David's Church who have organised a 1,000-name petition against any plans to move it near them.
Some businesses in the city centre had asked the council look at the possibility of moving the attraction nearer to them.
Swansea Business Improvement District (Bid) executive Russell Greenslade said on balance he believed it would boost the city centre.
He said last week: "However, we realise that with any decision such as this there are trade-offs."
That has not been ruled out in future years.
Waterfront Winterland, which was first held in 2006, attracts about 120,000 visitors a year.
Research in 2012 showed it had an economic impact of about £7.5 million.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "There's been a lot of speculation recently that we'll be moving Waterfront Winterland closer to the city centre.
"Several traders in the city centre have requested we look into that idea and we have started getting feedback about it, but it won't be happening this year and no decisions have been made about the future.
"If there is a proposal to move Waterfront Winterland in the longer term, then we'd have to carry out a thorough feasibility study before any decisions are made.
"That process would include the identification of a suitable site and full consultation with traders and residents who could potentially be affected by the relocation.
"Waterfront Winterland has become a key feature of our Christmas and New Year celebrations in Swansea."
This year the event will consist of the usual attractions including a temporary real ice-rink, a fun fair and Santa's grotto, as well as other entertainment and facilities.
Renewal of the planning permission is needed because the ice-rink and other facilities will be in place for longer than 28 days and the previous application has expired.
The Waterfront Winterland will be open seven days a week, apart from Christmas Day.