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Public views to shape plan for future of Swansea city centre

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The views of Swansea citizens and organisations are set to shape the future of their fast-evolving city centre.

They’re to be given the chance to offer their opinions in a number of ways, with their views leading to a new council plan that’ll help make the city an even greater place in which to live, work, learn in and spend quality free time.

The plan will update and replace the council’s existing Swansea Central Area Regeneration Framework that was put in place in 2016.

The wide range of forthcoming consultation opportunities will include an interactive website from May 28, in-person events from the same day, and sessions with Swansea-based organisations.

The council wants to hear the views of everybody, from children and young people to older people, residents and visitors, students, investors and developers, businesses, and third sector and community groups.

Drop-in events – to which everybody is invited – are due to take place from May 28 to June 1 inclusive, with additional sessions on June 8 and 15. No pre-booking is necessary. All will all take place in theformer city centre Cranes shop, between the St Mary’s and St David’s churches, from 10am-4pm.

The new Future Swansea: Shaping the Future of our City plan – due to be formulated through 2024 – will serve as a five-year vision for the city centre’s economic regeneration.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “Our new plan will build on the success of our existing strategy that’s seen a huge amount of positive change.

“The public have strong views on their city centre – and we want as many people as possible to tell us what they want in the area over the coming years.

“So please have your say! The plan will take our ongoing £1bn regeneration to the next stage, making Swansea an even better place in which to live, work, study and play.”

The city’s council-driven regeneration has already seen the development of Swansea Arena, The Kingsway and Wind Street.

Further improvements include the creation of more city centre homes, the imminent reopening of the Palace Theatre building and Albert Hall, ongoing work to create public services hub Y Storfa and new-style workspace 71/72 Kingsway. There are plans to make Castle Square greener and more welcoming.

Private sector developers continue to deliver new homes and business opportunities in the city centre.