The news that Swansea High Street is in the running to win a coveted Great British High Street award has raised spirits across the City Centre. Judges headed to Swansea this week to see the progress being made in High Street for themselves. In the meantime, Swansea people are being urged to cast their vote for the High Street here. The public vote is open until 7 October, with people able to vote once a day.
Russell Greenslade, Swansea BID Chief Executive, said: “Here in Swansea we have always been honest about the flaws and quirks of our City Centre, but many good things are happening here. Let’s notice them and let’s celebrate them. In and around Swansea High Street alone we have valuable assets like Swansea Tech Hub, in the Urban Village, providing space for 20 digital start-ups. We see two multi-million student housing blocks being erected next to Swansea train station, set to be populated with more than 1,300 students. We have a strong arts and culture offering, thanks to venues like The Hyst, Volcano Theatre, Galerie Simpson, and Elysium Art Bar, ensuring High Street remains vibrant long after evening commuters have headed to the station. We see multi-million pound investment by Coastal Housing, and we find eye-catching businesses, many operated by young entrepreneurs, being established, showing a vote of confidence in its sustainable future.
“Who knows what the judges’ final assessment will be in September? In some ways that isn’t the most crucial point. Swansea High Street’s shortlisting has already shone the spotlight on the improvements being made in Swansea High Street, and, I hope, it has made us all see our City Centre in a new light. It is important that we all recognise we have a stake in Swansea City Centre. Let’s get behind it.”
The winners of the Great British High Street Awards will be announced in November.Tags: Coastal Housing, Elysium, Great British High Street, Swansea BID, The Hyst, Volcano Theatre