Pier group to help shape development, say owners

More people will be having a say in the future of Mumbles pier and foreshore development, say the owners.

AMECO, the family firm behind the restoration of the Victorian favourite, will soon commence on-shore construction work of a hotel and apartments. This follows an epic battle to obtain planning permission.

A spokesman explained: “It’s clear from the massive level of public support we’ve received that people are interested in the scheme and what it involves.

“This is great news but it’s also a chance to obtain feedback on a few commercial ideas from patrons and how to gear the site towards customers in the future”.

The firm will shortly be getting in touch with traders, tourism groups and community stakeholders. They hope to hold a series of ideas workshops that would feed into business plans.

The spokesman confirmed that invitations would not be going out to Mumbles Community Council or the local opposition group, both of whom had urged the Welsh government to stall the project.

"It's clear these groups have different priorities", he stated.

Delays announced

Meanwhile, recent bad weather has caused delays in pier restoration work.

Storms Callum and Deidre wreaked damage on recently upgraded sections which had to be put right before improvement work could be continued.

An added complication is that as the new steel spans get further out to sea, the work has to be done at extreme low tides. These will be several weeks apart.

A spokesman for AMECO stated, “The sustained bad weather has been unfortunate but we anticipate that it will only need 6-8 weeks for contractors to catch up”

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