Mumbles Pier is being slowly stripped apart and it feels quite sad
The historic landmark has been reduced to a skeletal-like metal frame
By Christie Bannon - Trainee Multimedia Journalist
13:06, 24 Aug 2018
We all have precious memories of heading down to Mumbles for an ice cream and a walk along the pier in the summer.
Having been a part of Swansea since 1898, the historic landmark has been an attraction for tourists and locals alike for over a century.
But now, work to restore it has seen it almost stripped bare.
The once wooden boardwalk is but a shell of its former self, just a metal frame, as work continues.
But it won't be staying like that.
The work is part of a £3.2m project which has seen part of the Swansea Bay landmark demolished, with construction workers previously removing period Victorian features for storage and refurbishment, a job set to be completed by the end of the year.
During the work, a new 10 metre bridge, costing £56,000, is soon to be installed to ensure continued RNLI crew access to the lifeboat station.
The original supporting columns for the pier, put there in 1898, will remain in place as they are considered still up to the job.
Speaking about the work, pier operations manager Bert Bollom said: "We're doing everything we can to ensure that it's business as usual.
"Fingers crossed, things are pretty much on schedule and we hope to see a planning application on proposed foreshore designs go before councillors in the next few months."
They will see a hotel and apartments created, possibly including holiday lets , with work hoped to start in early 2019.
Mr Bollom also stated that ongoing discussions to relocate Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club were also in hand after fears for its future were raised by members.
"We're keen to see watersports retained at the pier," Mr Bollom said.
"As such, we've been in discussions to relocate the club to a temporary location in the former pier offices.
"This will include boat storage and changing facilities with showers and toilets."
The lease on the building lapses next year and the site is needed to accommodate a new boardwalk.