Bingo Area In Swansea Set For Overhaul
It used to be that bingo halls were found in all the key hub areas of towns and cities but in recent years, this has been declining at a rapid rate. There are still plenty of bingo halls putting up the good fight and staying alive in the heart of their local community but there are also many areas where there are no bingo halls to be found. The emergence of online bingo has helped to provide an alternative for many bingo fans but there will be a lot of people who say that this is no longer the case.
Bingo was the Mecca for many Swansea players
The heart ofSwanseacity centre used to be well known for its famous Mecca Bingo hall. The numbers flocking to the bingo hall on a daily basis would see the local shops pick up a good level of passing trade, which meant that the wider community got a lift but when the bingo numbers dried up, so did a lot of business for many firms. This saw a dwindling of many key parts of town and city centres but it seems as thoughSwanseais looking to strike back.
Major renovation work is taking place in the area where bingo players used to turn up in great numbers and very shortly, the place will be unrecognisable. This is definitely a good thing for the local community but there will be some bingo fans who will be sad about the complete overhaul of the area. Bingo halls weren’t just about the games themselves, they were about the community spirit and a lot of great friendships and memories would have been created in those bingo halls. Still, progress has to be made and councillor Nick Bradley said;
“The St David’s and Oldway House sites are key to the city centre’s future, but they’ve fallen into a state of disrepair and have become an eyesore. But their purchase and demolition in partnership with the Welsh Government means they’ll no longer be an obstacle in the way of a retail-led scheme that will vastly improve Swansea city centre in the long-term. Constructing a car park in the short term is a logical solution until economic conditions improve because it will respond to the needs of city centre traders by helping attract more shoppers. We’ll do all we can to minimise disruption and will keep nearby traders and residents as informed as possible during the works.”