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Caerphilly Council to invest £495,000 into play areas

Caerphilly County Borough Council has revealed plans to invest around £495,000 into play facilities for children and young people.

It forms part of the Council’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme, which has already seen over £260 million invested into the homes of its tenants and communities.  These final environmental improvements are in addition to a wide range already delivered throughout the county borough, including skate parks, outdoor gyms, play areas, car parking and landscaping.

Major upgrades and the addition of inclusive items are planned for existing play areas at Holly Road in Ty-Sign, Cwmalsie Crescent in Springfield and Cefn Road in Hengoed.  There are also plans to upgrade the play area at The Bryn, Trethomas.  A new multi-use games area will also be installed in Bedwas.

Other play areas set to benefit from equipment upgrades include Cross Street in Gilfach, Ty Isha Terrace in Cefn Fforest, Pantycelyn Street in Ystrad Mynach, Penylan Road in Argoed, Markham, Attlee Road in Blackwood and Pengam Road in Penpedairheol.  Maesycwmmer’s Hill View play area will feature a new helter skelter slide.

Young people in Graig y Rhacca and Britannia will have new youth shelters to enjoy, as well as upgrades to equipment at Britannia’s Angel Way play area.  Kickwalls are planned for The Avenue in Gilfach, Fairview in Pengam and Griffiths Street in Ystrad Mynach.

Contractors have been appointed to deliver improvements and a programme is currently being developed for the work.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said “The Council’s flagship WHQS programme has seen the largest single investment ever into tenants’ homes and their local areas.  The environmental element of the programme has not only delivered aesthetic improvements and practical elements, like additional car parking, but also increased opportunities for tenants and their families to improve their physical and mental wellbeing; by providing suitable outdoor spaces for exercise and recreation.

These are the final play facilities being improved through the programme and I’m sure these, and the numerous others already delivered, will be enjoyed by our children and young people for many years to come.”