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Mumbles sea defence plan set to take next major step

How part of the Mumbles Prom could soon look in the Southend Gardens area.

Plans for new sea defences to help protect Mumbles for decades to come are about to take another big step forward.

The council’s cabinet will meet on September 15 to consider proposals for the scheme’s funding agreement between Welsh Government and the council, the construction cost and the award of the construction contract.

If these details are approved, the council-driven project – which has undergone several years of careful planning and consultation – will be set to move towards construction, a phased approach from late this year to around summer 2024.

The 1.2km project – from Knab Rock slipway to Oystermouth Square – underwent a number of rounds of public consultation and secured planning approval in April.

Andrew Stevens, the council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure, will tell cabinet that a tender process to select a main contractor produced a proposed construction contract and that most of this will be covered by the Welsh Government under its Coastal Risk Management Programme. He will ask cabinet to approve the figures and arrangements.

The Mumbles project aims to protect the community against flooding and rising tides – and to remodel the prom as a safe, modern, inclusive visitor attraction.

The proposals – shaped with the help of extensive public consultation – show more space for pedestrians and cyclists to share the prom with care, the protection of trees and more opportunities for play and relaxation.