A new skate park is coming to the Swansea seafront after the council's planning committee voted in favour of the contentious scheme by just one vote.

Some committee members were conflicted about the proposal put forward by Mumbles Community Council, saying they liked the idea but not the location.

Swansea Council planning officers had recommended the application for approval, pointing out there was a bus stop 200 metres away and nearby car parking.

Speaking after the committee meeting, community council chairwoman Carrie Townsend Jones said: "We were just delighted that we got approval, and now we can really start moving forward and getting on with it."

She said the community council would need to agree a lease for the Llwynderw site from Swansea Council, work through various planning conditions, and apply for grant funding.

The county council, as landowner, is undertaking a due diligence exercise to ensure Llwynderw is the most appropriate site.

Mrs Townsend Jones said the skate park would cost around £335,000, with £200,000 to £250,000 sought via grants and the remainder to come from the community council's budget.

"We would like to see work starting possibly in September," she said.

Addressing the committee, community councillor Pam Erasmus said the skate park would be "a piece of architectural design for all members of the community", while Russ Holbert - of skate park builder Maverick Skateparks - said the popularity of skate boarding was rising exponentially.

Local schools have given strong backing to the skate park concept, which would also be suitable for scooters and BMX bikes, and a survey by the community council also identified significant support.

The planning authority received two petitions and 868 expressions of support, and also two objection petitions and 65 expressions of opposition.

One petition of support included hundreds of people who said they were from India, with others from Chile, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Concerns were raised by objectors about the lack of on-site parking, its sensitive location by the promenade, and the lack of security.

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But Swansea Labour leader Rob Stewart said he believed the skate park would be a "wonderful addition" to the seafront, while cabinet member for care, health and ageing well, Cllr Mark Child, told the committee: "You have the chance to make a decision which will bring a lot of joy to a lot of young people."

Cllr Linda Tyler-Lloyd, whose Mayals ward incorporates the Llwynderw skate park site, said she had received a lot of emails from residents querying the proposal, and also emails in favour of it.

She said her head was "like a spin dryer", and that people were worried that the much-loved foreshore could be "nibbled away bit by bit" by potential new developments.

Cllr Mary Jones said she felt there were too many unanswered questions, and Cllr Richard Lewis said he felt it was "totally the wrong place".

Cllr Des Thomas said he had wrestled with the application from day one, and felt a better location would have been the village green in West Cross.

Cllr Mike Lewis, along with fellow Labour councillor Cyril Anderson, voted against the officer recommendation of approval.

Cllr Mike Lewis said he felt the scheme would compromise the pristine and open vista of the bay and that its impact on the adjacent stretch of Mumbles Road would be "devastating".

A 1.2 metre fence and a hawthorn hedge will help screen the bowl-shaped skate park, which will replace the current mini half-pipe, from Mumbles Road.

And a new traffic regulation order is required to remind people coming by car not to drop off children and friends on the busy road.

In his address to the committee, Cllr Child asked whether Llwynderw was the best site, before adding: "Who knows, really? It is good enough - and we should not let the best be the enemy of of the good."