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Rhos Park Drainage Improvement

Now that the football season is almost over, the Council will be undertaking renovation and drainage improvements at Rhos Park, to ensure that it can be used for many years to come. Ecosolve Ltd will be on site in late May early June to complete the work, and although the Park will be open for use, members of the public are asked to respect the renovation work being done.

Lon Tanyrallt Playground to be upgraded

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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 a playground at Lon Tanyrallt Alltwen in the Swansea Valley had been successful. The Council has recently taken responsibility for the rundown facility from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, and has drawn up proposals with Wicksteed Leisure to improve the facilities. It is likely that work will start in June. Local residents have been calling for improvements for some time and the Council is pleased that it has been able to respond, and create a playground in Lon Tanyrallt 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 and safety surfacing, whilst other funding will be used to improve drainage and access. 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 £16,500 with a further £13,000 sourced from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. A number of local organisations supported the funding bids that were submitted by the Community Council.
The improved playground will form part of a wider portfolio of recreational sites that the Council provides in Alltwen and Rhos, serving the communities of Cilybebyll and beyond, and all of which are improved in a rolling programme of work sponsored by the Council. This new investment is long overdue as the site is in need of an upgrade, and the ability of the Community Council to take control of the site, identify partners and funding was a key factor in moving forward.
Chairperson of Cilybebyll Community Council, Councillor Yvonne James said: “The Council recognised that it needed to take responsibility for this site if improvements to the playground were to take place, and appreciates the support and assistance of WREN, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Welsh Government. The new playground will be more appealing and challenging for children, and will allow local people to spend some leisure time, once again, at this facility.”
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.
Richard Smith, WREN’s Grant Manager for Wales says: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting the Lon Tanyrallt Alltwen play area and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Cilybebyll. I’m looking forward to seeing this project take shape soon.”

Rhos Playground Proposals get the Green Light

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”.

Rhos Community Centre Toilet Improvements – Press Release

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”.

Summer Playchemes

During August, playschemes run by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council will be held in Rhos Park and at the LonTan yr Allt Playground in Alltwen.  There will be lots of activities, games and entertainment and all will be free.  Why not go along and join in –

Rhos Park – afternoons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, mornings on Tuesday and Thursday.

Lon Tan yr Allt Playground, Alltwen – mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, afternoons on Tuesday and Thursday

Harry’s Park

In 2011 the Council embarked on a partnership project with Harry’s Fund to develop a playground in Alltwen in memory of Harry Nye Patterson. The project secured funding from WREN and earlier in August work started on site to develop on Council land next to Alltwen Community Centre. The partnership appointed Groundwork Bridgend Neath Port Talbot to design the project, and engaged a South Wales based artist – Nigel Talbot – to work with them. Nigel has been working with children at Alltwen Primary School to produce distinctive features that will be incorporated into the design, and is also producing bespoke wooden seats and fences as part of the scheme. More recently, Afan Landscapes and Wicksteed Playscapes have been appointed following tendering exercises, and work on site is now virtually complete. The Park was officially opened by Harry’s brother Dylan on Sunday 15 December 2013, and the private opening event was well attended despite poor weather. More details can be found on www.harrysfund.org.uk.