Lower Swansea Valley Project

Lower Swansea Valley Project

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The Lower Swansea Valley Project was born out of the desire of Swansea Council and other interests after World War Two, to remove the industrial dereliction and pollution of the valley and return the area to active use. However due to the costs involved it was not until 1961 that the project was able to get under way when several departments of the University of Wales Swansea became involved. The project was sponsored mainly by the Nuffield Foundation, the Welsh Office, Swansea Council and the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Surveys of the valley floor where all the industry had been sited and the valley sides which are mainly residential were carried out in order to get an accurate picture and analysis of the valley in terms of physical environment, social environment and economic situation. A final report was produced in 1967. It recommended that derelict areas in the valley should be acquired by a single authority (ie Swansea Council) in order to allow regeneration and development of the area as a whole. Swansea Council produced a Draft Development Plan and reclamation of sites, levelling of land, introduction of a flood prevention scheme, new roads and river crossing and regeneration of the area has been going on since 1967. Integrated industrial and amenity areas have been created. Research into the valley is still being carried out by the University of Wales Swansea.



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