Councillors at Cilybebyll Community Council were informed at a recent meeting that their application for a £50,000 grant from WREN to assist with the redevelopment of its playground at Rhos Park in the Swansea Valley had been successful. The Council has drawn up proposals with Sutcliffe Play to improve the existing facilities over two years, and funding for the first phase is now in place. It is likely that work will start in the summer with the second phase to be completed in 2017. Local residents have been calling for improvements for some time and the Council is pleased that it is now able to respond, and create a playground in Rhos Park that will be more attractive to local children.
The money awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will be used to provide new play equipment, safety surfacing and playground fencing. The funding bid and proposals were compiled by the Community Council following consultation with local residents facilitated by officers at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The Community Council will manage the project and is itself contributing £23,000 with a further £35,000 to be committed after April 2017. A number of local organisations supported the bid.
The playground improvements form part of a wider programme delivered by the Council, and this programme has recently resulted in the provision of changing rooms, new toilets and an improved car park at the site. Local volunteers have also been supported in their quest to deliver allotments and a community garden in the Park. This new investment is the latest phase of this ambitious programme to improve these vital facilities serving the communities of Cilybebyll and beyond.
Chairperson of Cilybebyll Community Council, Councillor Alex Thomas said: “The Council recognised that it needed to improve the playground some time ago and appreciates the support of WREN in assisting with the cost. It will make the facilities more appealing and challenging for local children, and will further reinforce the role of Rhos Park as an important location where residents can spend some leisure time.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Meleri Jones, WREN Grant Manager commented “this play area is in desperate need of upgrading and we are pleased to support this project”.