South West Wales

Swansea's Swiss Cottage is to be leased to save cash

The restored Swiss Cottage Image copyright Swansea council
Image caption The Swiss Cottage in Singleton Park was restored following an arson attack

Some of Swansea's more unusual buildings have been offered for lease or sale in a bid to raise the council some much-needed cash.

Among them is Singleton Park's iconic Swiss Cottage, which the council hopes will be reopened as a tea room or cafe.

Other buildings being made available are a former lifeguard station in Bracelet Bay and Swansea marina's Abernathy Quay kiosk.

The council said it needs to save £80m in the next three years.

A 19th Century Alpine-style Swiss Cottage was restored this year after it was badly damaged in an arson attack four years ago.

Built in 1826, the grade-II listed building was once used as a home but in recent years has been used as a storage facility.

'Budgetary pressures'

Now the council is seeking expressions of interest from people to lease it, but it warns that full interior refurbishment is needed in line with the requirements of historic monument's body CADW.

Also on offer is the Forge Fach Resource Centre building on High Street in Clydach.

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Image caption Bracelet Bay lifeguard station is also on offer

The council stepped in to keep it open after the Cwmni Clydach Community Development Trust running it went into administration last year, but are now looking for others to take the building on.

Land next to Pentrechwyth Primary School is also available, along with the Canoldre Centre, in the city centre, which houses Swansea Youth Service.

Cllr Rob Stewart, the council's cabinet member for finance and resources, said selling land and properties or leasing them out would help the authority reach its savings targets.

"Unprecedented budgetary pressures mean we're having to save about £80 million over the next three years," he said.

"This situation is not of our making but it's what we're faced with and we're determined to tackle this considerable challenge head-on."

Image copyright Nigel Davies
Image caption The council is looking for a group to take over the running of Forge Fach

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