The Vale of Glamorgan Council has released its plans for the long-awaited revamp of the sparse children’s play facilities at the Plassey Square Recreation Ground near Penarth Heights.
The scheme is part of the so-called “North Penarth Open Space Improvements” to be funded entirely from Section 106 money from Penarth Heights developers Crest Nicholson and therefore, could have been installed years ago.
The features include a “Pablo the Penguin See-Saw” , a free-standing “Eco-Chimes Music Panel” , a “Wilbur the Whale inclusive rocker”, an “inclusive Toddlerzone pull-up unit” and a “Pirate Tower” .
The play area surface is mostly of ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber – a synthetic rubber which is said to withstand the weather. This covering features “sea and land” graphics and colouring.
One of the main complaints of parents using the existing facilities is that – despite the high elevation of the recreation ground – drainage is poor and the area becomes very muddy in wet weather . It is not clear from the proposals whether anything is to be done to improve ground drainage.
There was a limited public consultation exercise comprising 4 – 2-hour – “drop-in sessions” in the summer of last year and now the council has released its definitive playground proposals. There is now to be a further public drop-in session on Monday 23 January, 16:00 -18:00 at Tabernacle, Plassey Street, to view the final designs for Plassey Square and to ask any questions in relation to the proposed improvements.
Internal sources say the Vale Council is keen to get the improvements carried out before next May’s council elections.