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Green light for a package of positive developments

Posted on : 10 Apr 2019

Green light for a package of positive developments

Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet has given the green light for a package of exciting schemes that will transform key services and bring major benefits to the whole community in the future.

The meeting, on Wednesday 10th April, featured a packed agenda with a range of major issues under consideration including: -

  • The completion of an impressive new all-weather 3G pitch at Blackwood Comprehensive School
  • The construction of a new athletic track at Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School in Oakdale (funding approved by Welsh Government)
  • Funding approved for Newbridge Leisure Centre to upgrade the fitness suite, its equipment and create additional space for a range of fitness or dance classes at the site
  • Approval for the development of a new state-of-the-art Children’s Centre at the former Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School site
  • Major investment at Trinity Fields Special School in Ystrad Mynach
  • An innovative new mixed housing development at the site of the old council offices in Pontllanfraith

The Cabinet also agreed the closure of Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre in line with the council’s new Sport and Active Recreation Strategy. The strategy will shape the future of sport and leisure provision across the area for the next decade and a key part of this will be consolidating existing leisure centres to 4 strategically located sites.

Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole said, “We are a forward-thinking local authority and we need to ensure that we offer a varied suite of services and facilities that are fit-for-purpose and meet the needs and aspirations of all our residents.

We will now see the creation of modern sport and leisure facilities, a new centre to provide specialist support to some of the most vulnerable children in our society and a new housing development that will provide a mix of housing provision to meet the ever increasing demand for homes from our residents.

We can no longer afford to run 10 leisure centres – many of which are aging and in need of significant repair. Let’s not forget that we have the most leisure centres of any council in the whole of Wales and this is simply not sustainable in the current financial climate.

We have been assured that there is suitable aIternative provision in the surrounding area and we will make arrangements to transfer all bookings to alternative nearby facilities such as the 3G all weather pitches in Blackwood Comp and Islwyn High School.”

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