3G pitch revolution for the Vale
Published 11 May 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has announced that it will be investing in five new all-weather 3G sports pitches for the county.
At the centre of the programme will be the installation of an all-weather pitch at Jenner Park Stadium that will allow a greater number of teams of all ages and abilities to use the ground. To complement the installation of the new service at Barry’s showpiece sports facility, the Council will also be installing four five-a-side 3G pitches at the Colcot Sports Centre.
Cllr Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Visible Services, said: “With this project we are delivering yet more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in sport in the Vale. The plan that has been agreed by cabinet marks the start of an exciting sporting and community legacy project which will help us continue our work to regenerate Barry.
“This investment will not only create a first class sports stadium for the whole community to enjoy, it will also create, at the Colcot Sports Centre, a new hub for football in the Vale. By installing all-weather pitches that can be used throughout the year we intend to increase participation at all levels of the game.”
As well as increasing participation levels it is projected that the installation of the all-weather pitches will dramatically reduce the cost of maintaining and running both sites. The proposal agreed on 11 May identifies savings that can be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council managing the new facilities ‘in-house’. However, the report considered by the Council’s cabinet also indicates that greater savings may be possible if the facilities were in future managed by an external partner, as is currently the case with the county’s leisure centres. The potential for this will now be investigated.
Work to appoint a contractor to undertake the work at Jenner Park will begin as soon as possible following the completion of a drainage survey. Construction at Colcot Sports Centre will commence once a separate drainage survey has been undertaken and all permissions granted.
The majority of athletics events currently practiced at Jenner Park will continue unaffected by the introduction of the new synthetic surface; running track events continue, as will the long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put.
You can read full details of the planned improvements in the cabinet report that was approved on 11 May 2015.