Plan for splash play area at park backed by councillors
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