Work starts on glass viewing panel outside 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on Swansea prom
A WALL which was blocking the views of glorious Swansea Bay has been taken down.
And work has started on a glass replacement outside the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on the prom.
Council chiefs said customers at the centre near St Helen's, liked the place but, as was pointed out in an Evening Post story, wanted to be able to see the sand and sea.
A section of wall has now been removed and safety fencing put up. The next step will see a concrete plinth put in place before an 85ft long panel of specialised glass is installed by the start of June.
Visitors and residents have welcomed the new glass wall.
Alan Joel of Swansea, an avid walker of the promenade, said: "I think anything to improve the walkway is a good thing. I walk here two or three times a week and if it improves it then I'm for it. We needed the cafe here and it makes it better. I can understand why they've done it. It's nice to be able to see the sea and Mumbles.
"It's a wonderful view and we're lucky to have it."
And Claire Tristhom from Tycoch added: "It will be better to look out over the sea and the beach, especially for people sitting outside. It's a good idea. More people will want to sit outside on a sunny day like today. It's certainly much better than it was before."
However, Keith Evans and his wife Helen were not so impressed.
Mr Evans said: "I don't see the point in taking the wall down. What difference does a wall make? If they want to see the view, all they need to do is stand up. But the wall's down now, so they might as well go ahead with it."
And Mrs Evans added: "It's a nice view, but what are they looking at, the sea? I don't see why the wall really needed to be brought down."
The glass panel is one of a range of improvements being introduced at the centre, which opened last year. The centre is run by Bay Sport Ltd — a partnership between Bay Leisure Ltd and Swansea University. Other improvements include the installation of an all-weather, retractable awning and widening of the car park entrance.
It is being funded by Visit Wales's Tourism Investment Support Scheme, following a successful bid for cash.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "This new glass panel will give customers there and the many thousands of people who visit the promenade every year fantastic views of the bay."