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Play Areas and All Weather Pitches

Published: 10/03/2017

The Council Fund Capital Programme was adopted by the Council at Full Council on 14 February. This included the allocations for play areas and all weather pitches. At this month’s Cabinet meeting, councillors will be asked to agree the plan for these areas which will see significant investment over the next three years. The Council Fund Capital Programme has approved the almost £900,000 for future expenditure on play areas and all weather pitches which is in addition to the £0.105 revenue per annum for play area match funding schemes. The all weather sports pitches at Mold Alun and Hawarden are both over 10 years old and are the highest priority to replace. The six pitches at Deeside Leisure Centre also need to be replaced as they have reached the end of their seven year lifespan. These pitches are well-used and generate an income £0.120m per annum. The Council is also proposing to invest in local play areas over the next three years. Play areas in Flint, Ffynnongroyw, Connah’s Quay and Bagillt will each have £25,000 invested in them during the financial year 2017/18, with other play areas receiving improvements in the following years. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Kevin Jones, said: “I’m delighted that this Council’s administration continues to invest in our sports pitches and play areas to ensure that the residents of Flintshire have the best facilities possible. Keeping fit and active is so important and it’s great that this money is being invested, especially as councils are having to make tough financial decisions. This capital investment over and above the match funding received will, I’m sure, be welcomed by all.”