Swansea is a mystery.
It’s less than an hour from the capital, has a beautiful coast line, a good university, a population with all the talents you could ask for, and yet it languishes.
Cambridge lies an hour from London, has an excellent university and a talented population, but no coast line. Yet it soars above the fray while parts of Swansea waddle through the squalor and litter of unrealised potential.
How do we turn this around?
Swansea is much, much more than its PR failures. I can cycle along the sea front to the Mumbles, then walk on to Limeslade Bay. I can drive to Oxwich and walk to Port Eynon along one of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of coast line. But I can also walk the local streets and observe litter and discarded furniture, or walk further afield to areas where housing is over-crowded and local services, such as recycling and refuse disposal, struggle to keep up with demand.
How can this be tackled? Suggestions welcomed.