March 1, 2021

Swansea News Online

Newyddion Abertawe – Swansea News

Kilvey Hill leisure attraction project delay

THE company behind proposals for a multi-million-pound leisure attraction on Swansea’s Kilvey Hill said it would like to make an investment decision this year.

But Skyline Enterprises said it might delay it until 2022 because of the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19.

The company has proposed luge runs and zip wires from the 630ft hill, with gondolas and a chairlift taking people up there. A hilltop restaurant and cafe could be built.
Mountain biking is also being considered as part of a scheme costing tens of millions of pounds.
The Local Democracy Reporter Service contacted Skyline Enterprises after a Swansea Council scrutiny meeting in which council leader Rob Stewart was quizzed about the project.
As well as an update on the investment decision, Skyline’s chief executive officer Geoff McDonald said the company remained in discussion with Welsh Government officials.
“Skyline is investigating all options to ensure the development becomes a reality,” said Mr McDonald.
“We think the Welsh Government see significant benefits in Skyline creating a large-scale, multi-facility destination in Swansea, and we would welcome their support.”
The company has leisure attractions in New Zealand and around the world, which Mr McDonald said were performing well considering the difficult circumstances.
He also echoed comments made by Cllr Stewart in last week’s meeting, in which the Swansea Labour leader said the new Zip World attraction being built 30 miles away near Hirwaun would not threaten the Kilvey Hill proposal.
Mr McDonald said the company was “eager” to see other attractions in the area.
“We have found our current attractions work best when more offerings are developed nearby,” he said.
A Welsh Government spokeswoman confirmed the ongoing talks with Skyline, whose proposal was first unveiled in 2017.
“We are reviewing the business case to determine what support we might be able to offer,” she said.
The council won’t provide funding the project but is redeveloping the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks in Landore, which could be the area where the gondola and chair lift rides start from.
It would be Skyline’s first UK investment, although it has also set out proposals for a project in Sheffield.
Kilvey Hill overlooks St Thomas and Port Tennant, where many members of local group Kilvey Community Woodland Volunteers live.
A spokeswoman for the group said members had differing views on the Skyline proposal, but that in general, they were keen to ensure that both the company and the council were aware of the events and activities – such as tree-planting and forest school sessions – which happened on the hill.
A public consultation would take place if Skyline decides to press ahead with the proposal and submit a planning application.
“People are very protective of the hill,” said the community woodland spokeswoman.
It’s such a fantastic resource for all of us, especially during Covid. It’s like a big lung for the city.”
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