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Representation 42256 on Preferred Strategy by Clive Reed

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Strategy -
Representation: Swansea Canal:

LDP to show protection of route of Swansea canal for reinstatement. Line of route as identified in WS Atkins Report 2003.

I wish to ensure that a corridor of land is protected from any adverse development that may affect the future restoration of Swansea Canal.

The protected route for reinstated Swansea Canal was identified in the W S Atkins Report 2003, which the City and County of Swansea supported.

I recommend that the corridor of land identified in the W S Atkins Report 2003 be protected in the new Swansea LDP 2013.

Original submission

I wish to ensure that a corridor of land is protected from any adverse development in the Swansea LDP that may affect the future restoration of the Swansea Canal.

The protected route for the reinstated Swansea Canal was identified in the W S Atkins Report 2003, which the City and County of Swansea supported.

That identified a piece of land near the present terminus of the Swansea Canal at Clydach, which is the only portion of land suitable to carry the Swansea Canal from Clydach southwards. The route of the canal then proceeded on to Swansea. The portion of land required at Clydach is to the south and east of the aqueduct, lying between the present canal terminus and the River Tawe. The canal corridor includes a crossing of the River Tawe near the present industrial estate, and then under the A4067 at Garth Farm and on through the former County tree nursery.

The canal corridor proceeds southward through Ynystanglws Farm and passing under the M4 motorway and the railway at Ynysforgan by the previously protected route alongside the river. The canal corridor links with the course of the River Fendrod through the Swansea Enterprise Park by a series of culverts that are suitable for canal boat uses, and into the Enterprise Zone Lake and then into the River Tawe for navigation to Swansea Marina.

I recommend that the corridor of land identified in the W S Atkins Report 2003 be protected in the new Swansea LDP 2013.

Restoration of the Swansea Canal has continued, albeit at a slower rate than envisaged in 2003, but still proceeding nevertheless. The heritage centre at Clydach Coed Gwilym Park recently reopened with the support of volunteers, and the canal towpath through the former highways depot reinstated along with other improvements to the canal at Clydach.


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