The latest announcement on plans for the Mumbles Pier redevelopment are out this weekend for public consultation.
The Bollom family who have owned the pier since before the war have long being trying to convince the local authority about their ambitious plans. Almost ten years ago I talked with Stan Bollom about his plans and it is now his grandson Nick who is leading the family campaign.
With support from local AMs and MPs as well as the council leader Chris Holley where is the stumbling block? I can only guess at the planning department but of course I may be wrong. The Community Council have been known to object to anything NIMBY before (see the sorry state of the Oystermouth Bus Station).
Particularly in these tough economic times, plans that create hundreds of building jobs and could benefit the local economy to the tune of £18m a year should be supported wholeheartedly.
Other parts of Dylan’s Mumbles are in a sorry state – the Mermaid Hotel had a mysterious fire not long before it was up for redevelopment as flats (sorry – apartments), the Antelope is looking in a sorry state and the Oystercatcher (formerly the Nag’s Head) is being turned into a Costa Coffee Shop. The Mumbles Pier development could signal the re-emergence of Mumbles as the jewel in Swansea’s crown
If Dylan came back on a Return Journey to Mumbles he would have plenty to talk about!