The Independent Food and Drinks Gardens has launched today at Southend Gardens, with Mumbles Community Council celebrating this innovative solution to help local business to re-open.
Mumbles Community Council have strongly supported the project by purchasing picnic tables for the businesses to use and also contributing to the cost of security to ensure that the area is run responsibly for the benefit of the whole community in Mumbles.
Under Welsh Government guidelines, restaurants, pubs and cafes are now permitted to operate outside. This initiative has allowed local traders the opportunity to take advantage of the change in lockdown rules and serve their customers in Southend’s green open space. The traders will be operating at Southend from 9am until 9pm each day and include Môr, The Shared Plate, Ty Cwrw, The Front Room, Gower Seafood Hut and the Carlton Hotel.
Cllr Myles Langstone, who led on the project said, “Local businesses have faced extremely challenging times during the last four months of lockdown with many facing the risk of closure and significant job losses. In cities across the world from Melbourne to San Francisco public areas are being opened up to help local businesses trade safely. The opening of the Mumbles Independent Food and Drink Gardens is a really positive initiative which can offer Mumbles local businesses a lifeline at the most challenging of times. As local Councillor, I'm committed to being proactive in protecting local jobs and small businesses, I’ve worked hard to pull all the different parties together, getting agreement at Swansea Council and engaging Mumbles Community Council who have really helped, particularly with purchasing the tables. It’s great news that we are now ready to launch and I want to thank both Councils for their enthusiasm and willingness to support this initiative.”