Swansea Council has been handed £6.1 million to develop new transport schemes including electric vehicle charging points and cycle routes - but one councillor has already signalled opposition from residents.

The authority submitted bids worth £13.9 million so won't get to build or design a number of proposed schemes.

But cabinet members said the £6.1 million allocation from the Welsh Government for 2021-22 had come earlier than usual, meaning that councillors would be able to find out shortly about projects which affected their area and have a say on their design.

In total, £3.3 million will go on cycle and shared-use path schemes - known as active travel - in 2021-22, namely:

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Before he announced the funding at a cabinet meeting on April 15, Cllr Mark Thomas was pressed by Penllergaer councillor Wendy Fitzgerald about the proposed Gorseinon to Penllergaer shared-use path along Gorseinon Road.

Cllr Fitzgerald said everyone who had got in touch with her opposed this scheme because they feared they would not be able to park on the south side of Gorseinon Road if it was built.

She asked Cllr Thomas if he accepted that this could be an equality issue for elderly or disabled residents on the south side of the road.

"It (the road) is extremely busy - it's the link to junction 47 of the M4," she said.

"We are not talking about a quiet residential street."

Cllr Fitzgerald also claimed that constituents didn't anything about a cycling network consultation in 2017, which has formed the basis for new cycle routes since.

Cllr Thomas said he was very familiar with Gorseinon Road, and that active travel routes were not designed for quiet residential streets but main transport routes connecting communities.

The whole idea, he said, was to encourage people to use bikes where possible.

"Our active travel ambition is not about nice little routes for people to cycle along, although it's part of that - our aim is for a 'modal shift' to get people out of their cars," said Cllr Thomas.

He said he appreciated that Gorseinon Road residents would be affected, but encouraged them and Cllr Fitzgerald to come forward with suggestions as the design work continued.

"There will be ample opportunity for residents, ward councillors and community groups to have their say in the design and roll-out of these schemes," said Cllr Thomas.

He added that the 2017 consultation on the network map was a city-wide one which followed the normal process.

"I don't know if people from Gorseinon and Penllergaer took part in that (consultation)," he said.

Cllr Thomas also announced that the Welsh Government would allocate an extra £20 million for active travel schemes during the coming months, meaning Swansea Council is likely to get a share along with Wales's other 21 authorities.

What else the £6.1 million for Swansea will be spent on

The remaining part of the £6.1 million funding from the Welsh Government will pay for 44 electric vehicle charging points in 15 locations in Swansea, plus a further 25 in two new car parks being built near the city centre.

There is also cash to improve the busy Dyfatty interchange for bus passengers, and to create a new shared-use path adjacent to Dyfatty Street.

In addition, the business case for bus interchanges in Morriston and Mumbles, and also a South West Wales Metro system across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, will be taken forward.

Speaking after the meeting, Stuart Davies, the council's head of highways and transportation, said: “The increase in electric charging infrastructure for motorists either already using electric cars or thinking of purchasing one is vital as we move into an era where electric cars are increasing."