The priorities are all wrong
IN the Evening Post dated March 12, 2013, Swansea MPs were criticising David Amess for calling Swansea "a dump". I have always maintained that everyone is entitled to their opinion, Mr Amess included.
All my life I have lived in Swansea. The views shared by Mr Amess depend on which way you enter the city centre.
If you enter the city centre from the east side of Swansea, Fabian Way, you take in the development and redevelopment of what was once the docks area, now called the SA1 area of Swansea.
If you enter the city centre from the west side of Swansea, Carmarthen Road, Dyfatty area, you take in dereliction, empty buildings, boarded up buildings etc.
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It's the same in the Morriston shopping centre. Most of the buildings in this area of Swansea are either takeaways, butchers, hairdressers, greasy-spoons, pound shops or charity shops. Is this how we want to portray Swansea? Is this an image you would like to see if you wanted to open a business within the confines of the district or city centre of Swansea?
On the same day that the Evening Post published the story relating to Mr Amess, it also printed pictures of an artist's impression regarding a proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. This would provide electricity for 107,000 homes. The cost to build this sea water generator is estimated at £650 million. I am not bright when it comes to figures, but even I know to power the homes of Swansea you would need more than one tidal lagoon.
It seems that as per usual Swansea city councillors have got their priorities all wrong yet again. £650 million would go a long way to developing/redeveloping the Morriston town centre and west side areas of Swansea.
As you can see, the comments made about our city are not that far from the truth. In fact it seems that David Amess hit a nerve when calling Swansea "a dump".
W R Simmonds