Swansea Canal Society has purchased derelict premises in Clydach town centre to renovate as the “Clydach Canal Centre”.

Swansea Canal Society has purchased the former builders’ merchant’s premises in Hebron Road, Clydach. A derelict eyesore will now be renovated and adapted so it can be used for a range of community activities.

This purchase was made possible thanks to Welsh Government property enhancement development funding administered by Swansea Council, with additional grants from Vale Europe Limited and Clydach Community Council.

The Valleys Taskforce provided £700,000 for an extension to the current TRI programme for South West regions, to allow smaller town centres to benefit from funding. This project has benefited from £74,500 investment and supports the Transforming Towns agenda.

Councillor Gordon Walker, Chair of Swansea Canal Society, said:

The Society is grateful for the funding to purchase the building to create the Clydach Canal Centre. This will become the base for many of the leisure activities on the Swansea Canal. We are seeking further grant funding for this, but our volunteers living locally have already made a start on tidying up the site.”

The Clydach Canal Centre will provide a base for volunteer activities such as the Society’s innovative “Access For All” project, which provides specially adapted canoes. There will be a meeting room and display space for community use. The Society also plans to make the canal centre available for schools and groups involved in life long learning.

The adjacent stretch of the Swansea Canal is to be dredged by Glandŵr Cymru in the Autumn. New recreational opportunities such as canoe hire and a trip boat will then be possible.

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said:

“We’re delighted to have helped the canal society secure funding for this exciting project.

It’s a big step forward in laying the foundations for future job and visitor opportunities for the Swansea Canal

“As Swansea undergoes its £1bn regeneration transformation, we’re already looking at future development opportunities.”

Member of the Senedd for Gower, Rebecca Evans MS said:

I am delighted to see Swansea Canal Society’s work go from strength to strength, and am pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to provide support. This new renovation project will further enhance Clydach – attracting visitors and creating jobs at a time when we need them most.”

 

Here are a couple of photos of the site as it is now and an artist’s impression of how the building might look in the future.

 Hebron Road Premises  Hebron1

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The Society is indebted to Bryan Moss for creating this impression.