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Pontoon plans submitted for Swansea’s River Tawe

The site of the planned River Tawe pontoon today. Pic: Ashley Davies Architects

A planning application has been submitted to install a boating pontoon on Swansea’s River Tawe.

It would stand around 1.5 miles upstream from the river barrage, at the edge of the historic Hafod-Morfa Copperworks which is undergoing regeneration.

It would be available for services such as the Copper Jack community boat and for rowing clubs.

The planning application has been submitted by the council which sees the pontoon as part of the ongoing regeneration of the Lower Swansea Valley.

The plans, drawn up for the council by Ashley Davies Architects and structural specialists Mann Williams, show a 59m-long pontoon alongside an existing river walk and a quay wall.

The pontoon would be next to the historic Vivian and Musgrave Engine Houses that, in recent years, have been made secure for future generations by the council and partners.

Hafod-Morfa Copperworks closed around four decades ago and the council is working on a new base there for Welsh drinks brand Penderyn. The intention is for other active, community-focused uses to follow.

The planning application will be considered by Swansea planning department in the coming months.

The scheme is part funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.