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Council was pleased to award grants to four organisations who work in the Cilybebyll area at its April meeting. Alltwen Heels WI Craft Club, Alltwen Bowls Club, Cylch Cwmtawe Urdd Gobaith Cymru and the Welsh Air Ambulance Service are set to benefit from the Council’s small grants fund. Applications from local groups are always welcome and the next meeting to consider grants will be in October 2018. If you are interested, go to the Library page and Forms and make an application.
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”.
Council flushed with success
Councillors at Cilybebyll Community Council are celebrating the completion of improvements to the toilet facilities at Rhos Community Centre in the Swansea Valley. At a recent meeting, the changes were declared an overwhelming success that would benefit all users of the Community Centre and adjoining Rhos Park.
In order to progress the work the Council successfully bid for £15,000 awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group (WRG), administered and distributed by Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), and contributed over £7,000 from its own budget.
A number of groups who use the Centre supported the successful funding bid which allowed the Council to appoint Swansea contractors Edmunds Webster Ltd. to undertake most of the work, supported by its own staff and volunteers.
The building was previously improved by the addition of new changing rooms for the playing field in the Park, and this new investment is the latest phase of the Council’s ambitious programme to improve these vital facilities serving the communities of Cilybebyll and beyond. The Council is also engaged in discussions to establish allotments nearby and exploring the possibility of upgrading the playground at the Park.
Chairperson of Cilybebyll Community Council, Councillor Nicola O’Sullivan said: “The Council recognised that it needed to improve the facilities some time ago and appreciates the support of WREN in assisting with the cost. It will make the building more amenable for existing users and more attractive for those who may use it, and is part of our wider programme to provide modern facilities for local residents. We are pleased with the outcome and encouraged to press on with further improvements when we can”.