Pier owners, AMECO Ltd, have been keen to share the scope of their proposals with the local community. A two day exhibition was held at the Pier Hotel in June 2010.
The event was arranged to ensure that people could also attend during the day and also in evening hours and over the weekend. Representatives from the development team were on hand to take visitors through the scheme and answer any points of detail. The RNLI were also available to explain how the pier's reconstruction is vital to their plans to build a new state-of-the-art lifeboat house capable of accommodating a new modern vessel.
Over 300 people attended and the majority took the opportunity to fill in a questionnaire to say what they thought about the project. 88% said they approved of the designs on show although 8% were not sure. A similar figure of 87% felt the scheme would enhance the Mumbles headland and foreshore. Slightly more than 5% however did not share this view.
A little over 75% thought the plans were sensitive to local surroundings but 7% disagreed and 17% were undecided. 92% believed the new RNLI lifeboat house would enhance the pier and surroundings. Just under 90% of those who commented said they thought the scheme would boost tourism for Mumbles although 7% disagreed. 57% stated that they knew of a development in advance of visiting the exhibition and felt the scheme fell in line with earlier proposals.
Slightly less than 32% said they were unaware of a development framework. There were also a number of very helpful insights and suggestions during the exhibition which the design team were able to include in the planning application.