Gladstone Gardens set to bloom this autumn


26 October 2016

Following a successful public consultation earlier this year, and further funding being secured, the Vale of Glamorgan Council will be undertaking a range of renovation works in Barry’s Gladstone Gardens over the coming months.

Gladstone Gardens play areaThe consultation process began back in March, with an on-line survey coinciding with focus groups in Golau Caredig sheltered housing and local schools, as well as drop-in sessions for local residents. The purpose of these sessions was to engage with the public, and determine what those in the Vale wanted to see being improved in Gladstone Gardens. 

After analysing the results of the online survey and the face-to-face engagement sessions, a list of prioritised improvements the public would like to see was drawn up. As well as a wish for the play area to be improved, and for the walls and paths to be upgraded, members of the public also wanted to see more flowers and plants to bring some colour to the park. 

Bringing together a range of sources of funding,  over  £400,000 has been secured and will be used to undertake a number of improvements, including: an upgrade of the children’s play area; the installation of a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA); an upgrade of the existing tennis courts, including re-surfacing and fencing; the installation of Adult Outdoor Gym Equipment; Tree-works – particularly the raising of the tree canopy and the removal of dead wood; the restoration of the balustrade walling, forming the perimeter of the park; upgrading some of the borders, the pond, the entrance gates and on-site furniture.

Work commenced in September with the tree-works, which will now be followed by restoration works to the boundary walls and the play area and other facilities. These will take place between October and December. This will then be followed by landscape enhancements and the installation of new seating in the New Year.

During this period of construction work, certain sections of the park will have to be closed in order to ensure public safety; this, however, will be kept to a minimum. 

Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Members, Councillor Bronwen Brooks, and Councillor Gwyn John, said: “We have listened closely to the views of local residents and have made sure they have been taken into account with the renovation of this important and much-loved park. We look forward to seeing the improvements at Gladstone Gardens progressing over the coming months.”

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