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Cable Cars Plan for City's Kilvey Hill

Other tourism attractions could also come to the area

Swansea's River Tawe corridor could be set for a further exciting boost.

Early, exploratory talks have been held that could lead to cable cars and a toboggan slide taking many thousands of people up and down the city's Kilvey Hill in future.

Kilvey Hill - which stands 633 feet high - overlooks the city's River Tawe.

Swansea Council has held discussions with a company that could potentially see cable car technology and other new facilities being introduced there in coming years. The cable car system could run from the Hafod Morfa Copperworks site opposite the Liberty Stadium to the top of Kilvey Hill. 

If the scheme goes ahead, then it would be funded entirely by private money - not by the council. 

A high-speed zip wire ride, as well as a visitor centre, a restaurant and a viewing platform on the top of Kilvey Hill could also be introduced. 

A senior representative from the company was in Swansea on Friday (July 28) to visit Kilvey Hill and meet with key figures from the city's political, cultural and business communities.

If the plans are realised, it would build on progress already being made on the River Tawe corridor's regeneration. This includes the council being awarded a first-round pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £3.75m that could see Penderyn Distillery expand their business into Swansea with a new distillery and visitor centre at the former Hafod Morfa Copperworks site. The council is now working with partners including Penderyn Distillery and Swansea University to put a far more detailed bid together as it looks to secure the funding and realise the ambition for the site.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "The top of Kilvey Hill enjoys panoramic views over Swansea city centre, SA1, Swansea Marina, the Liberty Stadium, Swansea Bay and many other parts of the city, but it's a hugely under-used resource.

"Our discussions with the company are at a very early, exploratory stage, with no decisions having been made, but they're looking to establish a new facility in Europe and Swansea has scored very highly in an initial survey of the area that they've carried out.

"With the opportunity for cable cars, toboggan slide runs, a zip wire ride, a visitor centre, a restaurant and a viewing platform, this type of scheme could transform Kilvey Hill and further boost our thriving visitor economy.

"Any scheme of this nature in future would be funded entirely by private money - not by the council - but if these plans are realised, then it would add to the on-going regeneration of the River Tawe corridor, which could also include Penderyn Distillery - an iconic Welsh whisky brand - expanding their business into Swansea at the former Hafod Morfa copperworks site."

The early cable car discussions also add to everything the council and Swansea University are continuing to do to breathe new life into the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site.

With support from the Welsh Government, Cadw and European funds, progress on site has included clearing vegetation, stabilising buildings at risk, improving access for visitors, community archaeology fieldwork, new pathways, an audio visual trail and new information panels. 
 

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