New play equipment welcomed in Bagillt
A new play structure for toddlers, and a dish roundabout, have been installed
at Bron y Wern in Bagillt recently, thanks to a play grant from the Welsh
Government of £15,000
The Welsh Government’s Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities for Children
grant identified this location for enhancement, and the work was recently
completed by Flintshire County Council.
Councillor Kevin Jones, Cabinet Member for Waste Strategy, Public Protection
and Leisure, who is also the local ward member, said:
“I am very pleased that we have been able to secure this Welsh Government
funding for the children of Bagillt. This is a very welcome financial boost to
help us to improve facilities at this play area for the youngsters using them.
The new equipment has been well received by children, particularly those at the
local school, Ysgol Merllyn. Deputy Headteacher, Mr John Green, said:
“The children are really impressed with the new equipment, and they are
particularly drawn to the dish roundabout. It’s wonderful to have this facility
so close to the school. Play is important for children and it’s great to see
them making the most of these play and leisure opportunities in their free
Councillor Jones added:
“It is important to note that the refurbishment at Bron y Wern was not done
under the Council’s match funding scheme. However, it is to be welcomed that
the Council is once again running its match funding programme to upgrade
children’s playgrounds this financial year, working in partnership with town
and community councils.”
In 2015/16, a total of £105,000 will be made available on the same basis as
previous years, with each town and community council invited to express an
interest in participating in the scheme, and County Council funding being
directed at areas in need. A maximum match funding contribution of £10,000 will
be available per scheme.
Starting in April 2016, the Play Area Community Grant scheme will replace the
current match funding scheme, with its primary focus being to support play
areas that are transferred to communities.
Pictured is Cllr Kevin Jones with school children from Ysgol Merllyn: