20 Play Areas to Benefit from Labour’s Investment

The Labour-led Rhondda Cynon Taf will be investing £615,000 to bring improvements to 20 play areas across the County, building on the huge progress made over the past few years.

The 2018/19 allocation not only takes overall investment in this area to around the £3m mark since 2015/16, but it also takes the number of play areas to have benefited to 106 by April 2019.

Each of the 2018/19 projects will differ in size and scale, and works will range from modernisation to refurbishments and the installation of new equipment.

The total £615,000 investment includes £550,000 Council funding, a £50,000 contribution from Trivallis and £15,000 grant funding secured for the play area in Brynna. Overall, 20 play areas will be improved while two derelict facilities in Penrhys and Cilfynydd will be removed.

The overall funding includes nine improved facilities to be delivered in Rhondda, five in the Taf area, and six in the Cynon Valley. Further deoutlining the play area improvement programme for 2018/19 is included below.

Labour Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “This latest investment will mean that, over four years, Labour will have invested around £3m to improve children’s play areas across the County Borough. That will ensure more than 100 play areas will be improved by the end of 2018/19 – and shows that we are making excellent progress in delivering on the ambitious set of public commitments we made to residents last year.

“The £615,000 investment will see an additional 20 play areas upgraded in the next 12 months, adding to the 29 sites improved over the past year. This new programme of works re-affirms our commitment to investing in high-quality play areas for our young people and their families.

“I’m looking forward to hearing about progress on the 2018/19 programme throughout the year – and seeing more and more of our young people enjoy healthy outdoor play using the latest playground equipment thanks to continued investment from the Council.”

The Council’s 2018/19 play area investment programme, including 20 improvement and two removal schemes, is outlined in the table below:

Cymmer – Rheolau – Modernise and improve play value

Ferndale – Blaenllechau – Create a picnic area on former bowling green

Ferndale – Albany Street – Modernise and improve play value

Penygraig – Penygraig Park – Increase senior play opportunities

Porth – Dinas Park – Partial refurbishment

Trealaw – Victoria Street Play Area – Improve play value

Treherbert – Tynewydd Rec – Renew swings and surfacing

Treorchy – Tallis Street – Partial refurbishment

Tylorstown – Witherdene – Modernise and improve play value

Tylorstown – Penrhys – Remove derelict play area

Aberdare East – Trevor Street – Modernise and improve play value

Cwmbach – Blaenantygroes Play Area – Improve play value

Mountain Ash East – Newtown – Renew surfacing and improve play value

Penrhiwceiber – Glamorgan Street – Partial refurbishment to replace ageing equipment

Ynysybwl – Dan y Cribin – Renew swings and install pathway

Ynysybwl – Buarth y Capel – Modernise and improve play value

Brynna – Brynna Community Centre – Modernise and improve play value

Cilfynydd – Scouts Field – Remove derelict play area and reinstate for informal recreation

Llanharan – Park View – Renew ageing equipment and surfacing

Llantrisant – Gwaun Ruperra – Modernise and improve play value

Talbot Green – Talbot Green Rec – Modernise and improve play value

Tonyrefail East – Heol Aneurin – Full refurbishment