The existing Cliff Walk children's play area

The existing Cliff Walk children’s play area

More details have emerged of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s plans to spend £300,000 on imminent “upgrades” to playgrounds in Penarth.

In an internal council report – which comes up for consideration next week – the council’s Operational Manager for Leisure says council officers had been asked to “assess” the 100 playgrounds across the Vale.

Penarth Town AFC in training on their pitch at the Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields , Penarth

Penarth Town AFC in training on their pitch at the Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields , Penarth

The Vale Council officers had subsequently produced a “priority list” and it had been “decided to concentrate resources on areas with high levels of visitors, such as Penarth”.

The following locations were selected for upgrading:-

  • Penarth Cliff Top Playground  has had a proposed allocation of £100,000.
  • Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields Penarth has had an allocation of £25,000. On top of that  £18,000 [ the actual amount was supposed to be £18,240 – but appears to have been “rounded down” by the Vale of Glamorgan Council ] is being included for  replacement of play equipment and surfacing at Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields utilising “Section 106” funding from the developers of Caversham Park housing estate.  It’s not clear however whether the “re-surfacing” includes the desperately-needed relaying of the soccer pitch used by Penarth Football Club. (see ). [PDN Note : A site-visit by Vale councillors –  including Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Deputy Chair of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and ‘cabinet’ member for regeneration –  which was convened on at the Old Pens Club on the site on August 24th this year, is said to have been abruptly cancelled on-the-spot just minutes after all those invited had arrived for the inspection and discussions.]
  • Wordsworth Park: A late bid for funding to upgrade Wordsworth Park in Penarth – costing £75,000 has been put on the table – even though the Vale Council had said in earlier publicity material that this funding had already been “secured“. This too is to be funded from Section 106 funding.

All “Section 106” schemes use funds paid to the Vale Council by developers – all of whom have, in turn, loaded the extra cost onto the prices of the new properties sold  – meaning that ultimately it’s the buyers of new homes who’ve have had to stump-up.


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  1. Titan says:

    The football pitch is fine, it’s the rugby pitches that are in desperate need of attention.

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