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Council Splash Park U-turn Shame

Newport Conservatives - Sunday, September 22, 2019
Council Splash Park U-turn Shame

Renewed Calls for Newport’s Splash Park – after £142,000 still remains unspent at Tredegar Park?

Renewed calls have been made for Newport Council to build a new Splash Park in the City after a recent Cabinet Meeting revealed - £142,000 in funding - still appears to be unspent at Tredegar Park.

In September 2018, the Council had indicated they were planning to build a Splash Pad at Tredegar Park. We were then told a planning application was ‘imminent’. £262,000 in funding had been secured from Section 106 payments made by private developers. This funding was specifically allocated to making improvements to Tredegar Park.

In July 2019, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Cllr Deb Harvey, revealed the Splash Pad had been ditched, with the Council instead opting to invest in a Pedal Bike Scheme.

Now, a recent Council report on Capital Programme Monitoring – has revealed the cost of the Tredegar Park Pedal Power scheme is set to cost in the region of £120,000. This is well short of the £262,000 that the Council have received from Section 106 payments.

Newport Splash Park Campaigner Michael Enea has said “The Council have received Section 106 payments totalling £262,000, which are specifically allocated to Tredegar Park. We now know that £120,000 is being spent on the Pedal Power Scheme, so what’s happening with the remaining £142,000? This is a large amount of revenue that could still be used to build a Splash Park for our City.

Mr Enea added “Further funding could sought from the Welsh Government via The Children & Families (Wales) Measure 2010 Act. Similar funding was gained in 2018 by Blaenau Gwent Council to develop a splash park at Parc Brynbach in Tredegar. There really are no excuses.”

Fellow Splash Park Campaigner Louise Smith said “A Splash Park in Newport would benefit thousands of families and children. Newport Council need to start thinking bigger with bold projects to rival our neighbouring cities such as Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol. If places like Caerphilly, Barry or Pontypridd can operate Splash Parks, why can’t Newport?”

Mrs Smith added “Cllr Debbie Harvey should be ashamed with her decision to drop the Splash Park. Low income families cannot afford to travel to places like Victoria Park in Cardiff or the Pontypridd Lido. Newport’s children are missing out. We’re meant to be a City.”

The original splash park at Tredegar Park was closed in 2014 and remains derelict.

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