Vegetables replace players at old Swansea City stadium
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
It was once the field of dreams - often cruelly shattered - for Swansea City supporters. Now the site of the club's old Vetch stadium is set to become sheltered housing and open space for children to play, along with a vegetable project and wild flowers in the centre circle.
A root and branch report is being considered by Swansea Council's cabinet.
Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The council conducted a review of previous proposals for the area and the conclusion was reached that in these difficult financial times an alternative approach was needed."
The report calls for an extension of the Vetch Veg area in the short term with the potential to develop a community centre there over time, subject to funding becoming available. It also offers the prospect of 40 new homes arranged as short terraces and a care home or flats which could incorporate shared community facilities.
At the same time there would be informal open space, a community orchard and a wild flower meadow on the site of the Vetch Field's centre circle.
"Since the demolition of the old Vetch Field stadium there has been a significant greening of the space left behind and the Vetch Veg project in particular has been a real boost to the community which no one wants to lose," Bradley said. "The new masterplan is focused on creating a sustainable design which can work for everyone. From being the home to our city's local football club, the masterplan aims to use the Vetch to create a new kind of community history and sense of belonging that will last for generations to come."
Now in the Premier League, Swansea plays at the Liberty Stadium.
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