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Ship recycling at Swansea dry docks

A ship repair and recycling facility is to be developed at Swansea dry docks following a successful appeal on use of the site to recycle ships.

Ship repair and recycling firm Swansea Drydocks Ltd (SDL) will take over the site and develop the £4.5m facility. It is expected to be operational by 1 April.

The company was given the go ahead after it appealed Swansea Council’s decision not to allow it access to the site for recycling ships. SDL had applied for a Certificate of Lawful Use on the grounds that the site was already being used for ship repair, therefore it could be used for recycling too. Swansea Council disagreed and said the company would have to apply for proper planning permission.

SDL successfully appealed the decision at a public inquiry, which was overturned by the Planning Inspecorate.

SDL business development manager Viv Sloan said: “We’ve been working on this for ages, so we’re pleased we can now move forward. It is an exciting venture, and I hope it will be a successful business for the area and the country.”

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