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New look for Neath children’s play area

Victoria Gardens in Neath

A £22,000 refurbishment of the children’s play area in Neath’s town centre Victoria Gardens has been successfully carried out with funding from Neath Port Talbot Council

The refreshed play area now features new safety surfacing throughout and time-worn benches have been replaced with more robust seating made of recycled material.

New equipment includes a mini basket swing and an inclusive Crocodile Springie, a Curlicue Rotator and sensory play panels.

A funding package for the project came from the Neath Port Talbot Council Additional Works Programme Equipped Play Area Refurbishment Fund.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Cllr Scott Jones, said: “Equipment was chosen with inclusivity in mind, given the easy access into the amenity and its popularity as the play area at the heart of Neath Town Centre. “

Contractors started work on site on 30/10/23 and the work was completed within two weeks.

Expansion of the play area has had to be limited as Victoria Gardens, officially opened in 1897, is a Grade II listed park on the Cadw/ ICOMOS Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales.