Homeware and furniture store What!, to take over the old BHS store in Princess Way.
Kingsway Road Alterations
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Over the last two weeks, the council has been busy altering the road layout on the Kingsway for the start of the new urban shopping area.
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One new big feature is the installation of a roundabout on the west side of the Kingsway. This roundabout connects St. Helens road, the Kingsway, and the Westway, this roundabout is now active. Half of the Kingsway is now closed to all traffic and is one way only, that is east to west. The cycle lane has been closed as well.
A few traffic lights have been taken away and replaced with filter lanes. On the east side of the Kingsway, an area has been set aside for buses to drop off passengers only. Concrete barriers have been installed to guide vehicles into the right lanes. Work is expected to last two years before its completion.
200,000 People turn out for the Parade
An estimated 200,000 people turned out on a cold but dry evening for Swansea's Christmas Parade.
They were ten deep from the bottom of Wind Street to the High Street down Orchard Way and along the Kingsway.
Young children sat on the pavement edge waiting to see the spectacular floats, musical bands, walking re-enactors in their special outfits.
The deputy mayor of Swansea, councilor David Phillips in a brand new convertible VW car was escorted by two Victorian Policemen.
Around the Christmas tree, thousands gathered for the big switch on of the tree and street lights by Father Christmas.
This was by far the best and biggest parade ever seen in Swansea. The Christmas cabins, bars, and restaurants did excellent business.
And after the parade, hundreds made a dash to the Winter Wonderland Park to finish the evening's entertainment.
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CHRISTMAS PARADE SWANSEA
SUNDAY 19th NOVEMBER
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Homeware, furniture and party shop What! has bought the former BHS store in Swansea and is set to open in the coming days.
The city centre’s biggest vacant commercial property has been empty for over a year.
What! will start with selling Christmas goods, tools, stationery and a small selection of furniture on the ground floor in the run-up to Christmas.
Then it will open the first floor, which will focus on furniture, bedding and curtains.
“You name it, we sell it,” said Debbie Williams, What!’s financial controller.
The Oxford Street store has been empty since August 2016 when BHS went into administration with the loss of 11,000 jobs.
What! was founded around 13 years ago and has two directors, one of whom is from Briton Ferry.
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RACE ACROSS THE CITY
Lee Trundle is used to racing up and down a football pitch, but have you ever wondered how he’d fare on a bike? On Friday 17 November you’ll be able to find out, as there will be a “Race Across The City” with three teams competing, bus vs car vs bike.
At 10.45am the three teams will be under starter’s orders as they race from Swansea University’s Singleton Campus to its Bay Campus to raise support for the Santander Cycles University Challenge crowdfunding campaign.
A Swansea University electric car, a Santander bike and a number 8X First South and West Wales bus will be ‘racing’ from Fulton House on the Singleton Park Campus to the finishing line at the School of Management at the Bay Campus.
Local celebrities will be joining the teams as they battle it out for the winner’s rostrum. The participants are:
Team 1(Bus): Kevin Johns MBE in full pantomime gear (performing in Aladdin at the Swansea Grand Theatre), Jayne Cornelius, Sustainable Travel Officer, Swansea University and a Police Community Support Officer to keep Kevin under control!
Team 2 (Car): Leigh and Claire from the Wave, Nigel Morris (driver), Swansea University & Low Carbon Swansea Bay and Will Ponty, Student and ‘Cycle Champion’ for the bike scheme.
Team 3 (Bike): Swansea City FC Ambassador Lee Trundle, accompanied by Ben Sampson and Teifion Madocks from Swansea University Sustainability team and students from the Swansea University student road cycling club.
Ben Lucas, Head of Development, Estates & Facilities Management, said: “We’re really looking forward to Friday’s ‘Race Across the City’ and so grateful for the support given by Lee Trundle who’ll be taking the Santander bike along the cycle path to the Bay Campus.”