Swansea is to hold a referendum over whether the slip bridge on Oystermouth Road should be reinstated or not.

The vote, which will take place in 3 months time, will provide residents with a ‘simple yes or no’ option to restore the bridge to its former rickety glory. Or not.

The move has been condemned by some people however, who feel the vote is being made to ‘curry favour’ from certain corners of the electorate.

Councillor Pete Bowen said: “Curry favour? No one said anything about race here mate, I’ve got friends who eat curry.

“Look, we haven’t had a bloody good, divisive referendum in forever and all us councillors miss all the political posturing fun. It’s just not entry level politics without futile arguments which no one really cares about.”

Pro bridge campaigner Councillor Theresa Connell said: “Bringing the bridge back in its previous, unsafe state would prevent immigrants crossing the water from Port Talbot trying to get in.

“Plus the pictures of it from the early 20th century look wonderful and nothing says progress like going backwards.”

Anti bridge campaigner Cheryl Gray said: “We’re wasting money on this which could be spent on bringing back the Mumbles Train.

“Really its a vote on what landmark that nobody used before and deciding which one no one will use again. Well that and feeling important.”

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