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

Investment in Alltwen Playground Facilities

Work started on Monday 11 March 2013 on the provision of a replacement playground at Brynmorgrug in Alltwen. The previous playground was provided in the early 1990s and has been popular with local children over the years. Now beginning to look in need of refurbishment, it was the subject of a proposal to upgrade by its owners, Cilybebyll Community Council, who consulted local children and parents before deciding on the way forward. The Council received some funding from Redrow Homes who are building houses nearby, and a successful bid for additional finance was successfully made to National Grid. Following approval of the bid, Wicksteed Playscape were selected and have now started a 3 week contract to complete the installation. The Council apologises that the playground will be unavailable during this period, but are sure that the new investment will benefit local children and provide new facilities for their use over many years to come.