Lougher Place play area set for major upgrade
LOUGHER Place Play Area in St Athan is set to undergo major refurbishment as a result of the efforts of local community organisation Saints in conjunction with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The group, made up of local residents, aims to improve open spaces and play areas in the village.
Using the slogan #learn#grow#play#together, they want to encourage children to be more active and provide positive outdoor environments for them to enjoy.
Led by Lisa Austin, Sally Gardiner, Charlotte Cook and David Elston, they collected £3,500 towards the project, which will involve the complete upgrade of the existing play area, including the installation of new play equipment and site resurfacing.
The total cost of scheme is £157,500, with £126,000 coming from a Welsh Government grant and £28,000 from section 106 contributions linked to local building developments secured by the Council.
Alongside the main play area, featuring a range of modern equipment, a new multi-use games area where ball games can be played will be built.
That will contain a noise-absorbing fence to minimise disturbance, while work will also involve building a new footpath and improving drainage.
Equipment to be installed at the site includes cradle nest swings, wide slides, supportive spring rockers, a manoeuvre course, a climbing frame tower and ground hut.
It has been designed with tactile and group play elements in mind, featuring high contrast colours and sound elements and has an aeronautical design theme to highlight St Athan's history.
The wide range of play experiences will be accessible to disabled and able bodied children and allow children of different ages to play together.
Work will be carried out by HAGS, one of the largest producers of recreational products in Europe, beginning in July and will take around 10 weeks to complete.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “This is the latest in a long line of play area improvements undertaken by the Council.
“I’d like to thank members of Saints for all their hard work in fundraising for this project along with everyone who contributed.
“This exciting scheme will see Lougher Place transformed into an ultra-modern play area full of exciting and inclusive equipment that can be enjoyed by disabled and able bodied children across a wide variety of ages.”
Ms Austin said: “Saints would like to thank the community for their involvement and support. We hope that this project demonstrates that, by working hard together, we can add value to the community of St Athan.”