Blackpill Lido was packed in the nice weather this week for some bizarre reason, it’s been confirmed.
The patch of land next to a busy road which has a dangerously slippery pool that isn’t deep enough to swim in, has drawn in hundreds of visitors who are forced to park on the other side of the road and sit on sandy grass all day.
Onlooker Pete Bowen said: “We have one of the best beaches in the world a few miles down the road. It’s won awards. It’s not like the others are all that shabby either.
“I was in a traffic jam and looked to my left at all the families inhaling the carbon dioxide and just wondered, ‘why’?
“People were in bikinis, having picnics and playing bat and ball. It’s like doing everything you can do on a nice beach, but doing it next to a congested road.”
Lido enthusiast Theresa Connell said: “It was great before, but now the petrol station has a Londis so it’s even better.
“The trouble with the beach is the sand, I understand there’s pollution, but you can’t see it and you know what they say: ‘what you can’t see won’t kill you’. Give me pollution and the smell of dog shit over a nice beach any day of the week.
“When it’s busy on the Mumbles Road everyone just stares at us, it makes me feel like a sunburnt Melinda Messenger.”
Swansea Council’s tourism chief Rob Gray added: “The Lido is a remarkable space, during the winter we put barriers all around it like it’s some nuclear testing station.
“We were thinking of marketing it as a muscle beach type place but really there isn’t much point in doing anything because people strangely flock to it.”
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