Chairman’s Address

Welcome, everyone, to the website of the Maritime Quarter Residents’ Association, Swansea (MQRA). My name is Jon Woolliscroft and I am currently Chair of the Association.

The MQRA was formed in 2008, with the encouragement of local councillors in the Castle Ward, Swansea, and exists to address issues relating to the conditions and amenities found around the Marina and to encourage the social interaction and inclusion of all who live and work in the area.

The Association seeks to represent the views of all residents and business owners who live and work in the Maritime Quarter and offers itself as an ‘umbrella organisation’ for other local residents’ associations on the Marina, which address more specific residential management matters in their locality, but would benefit from a broader forum to express their concerns and views.

This website has been created to enable residents and visitors alike to find out what is happening in the Maritime Quarter and focuses on the work we do as a Residents’ Association on your behalf.

Why do we do it? The MQRA believes that the Maritime Quarter, Swansea, is uniquely placed to be a great place to live and work, as well as being a first class destination for visitors; we believe the Maritime Quarter has yet to achieve its full potential and can benefit further from the improvements planned for Swansea and particularly the SA1 area.

We try to deliver this goal by lobbying and working constructively with our local councillors, council executives and other organisations. We also aim to protect residents of the Maritime Quarter from anti-social activities, working closely with the police via the local PACT initiative, and from any unwelcome proposed developments which could impact negatively on the quality of life in the Marina and sea-front area.

So what have we achieved? Over recent years, the MQRA has secured the ring fencing of money for the improvement of selected areas within the Maritime Quarter, which has been in particular need of maintenance and updating. This has been done in consultation with various council departments, which have been responsive to our suggestions and whose staff have attended many of our committee meetings and public general meetings to which all residents are invited.

You will have seen the results of our efforts along the sea-front promenade between the Observatory and Swansea Civic Centre, with new paving, railings, seating, street furniture and lighting being installed.

In terms of protecting the environment, over the past few years, the MQRA has successfully fought against the construction of a Bio-mass Power Station on the Kings Dock, Swansea, ensured that far stricter conditions than had been previously envisaged were imposed on the ship breaking operation permitted in Swansea drydocks and more recently has opposed the conversion of the boat yard on Trawler Road into new residential dwellings, which poses a significant risk to traditional Swansea Marina activities and employment.

We aim to organise social events from time to time, including Coffee Mornings, and we are always open to new ideas for getting to know each other; we hope we will see you at one our gatherings shortly. Details of our events are updated regularly on the Social Events page of this website, so please keep an eye on the website for details of future events!

Please also use the communication tools on this website to make the committee aware of any issues of concern and which you would like the MQRA to consider. You may send an email from this site to our secretary or use the Forum facility to exchange your views.

We look forward to seeing you at our regular consultative meetings, which usually take place in the Civic Centre. The dates of these are always published on this site and emailed to those of you who are registered on our contact list; join this today by sending us a simple email message!

With Best Wishes,

Jon Woolliscroft
Chair, Maritime Quarter Residents’ Association, Swansea