Plan for splash play area at park backed by coun­cil­lors

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL­LORS have unan­i­mously ap­proved plans for a wa­ter play area at Aber­dare Park.

All mem­bers of Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee backed the plans for the splash play area to re­place the old pad­dling pool.

The plan was rec­om­mended for ap­proval by Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers and all mem­bers of the com­mit­tee backed the plan.

The splash play equip­ment would fea­ture 13 dif­fer­ent types of ap­pa­ra­tus with a to­tal of 16 in­stal­la­tions across the whole of the area.

Coun­cil­lor Gareth Hughes, who moved that they ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion, said: “I know the area well. I think this would be a great ad­di­tion to the park.”

Coun­cil­lor Richard Yeo asked why this ap­pli­ca­tion had to come be­fore the com­mit­tee and was told by the of­fi­cer that if it was the coun­cil mak­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion it would come un­der per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment.

There have been calls for sim­i­lar splash play ar­eas to be in­stalled in other ar­eas of RCT, with a pe­ti­tion signed by more than 1,000 peo­ple hav­ing been handed in to the coun­cil to get one at Ynysang­harad Park in Pon­typridd.

Aber­dare Park is a Grade II reg­is­tered his­toric park and gar­den which was partly laid out by gar­den de­signer Wil­liams Bar­ron.

The area of the park where the for­mer pad­dling pool is sited was added in the 1950s, with the pool al­tered to its cur­rent shape in the 1970s.

Of­fi­cers say the plan would bring a re­dun­dant part of the park back into pro­duc­tive use with a new be­spoke wa­ter play fa­cil­ity.

They say the scheme will im­prove the char­ac­ter, ap­pear­ance and util­ity of this cur­rently dis­used area of the park and add to the at­trac­tions avail­able within the park.

Of­fi­cers add that it would be more in­clu­sive to all users, and would re­quire less main­te­nance and su­per­vi­sion than a tra­di­tional pad­dling pool.


The for­mer pad­dling pool within Aber­dare Park

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