Setting the record straight – Ystrad Mynach sports pitch
Posted on : 08 Feb 2021
Caerphilly county borough council is keen to set the record straight following concerns circulating in the community about drainage problems at the site of a proposed new sports pitch in Ystrad Mynach.
The council is currently considering plans to develop alternative community facilities to mitigate against the loss of an existing pitch in the village, which may be required for the planned extension of Trinity Fields Special School. If the school development proceeds, the authority is keen to ensure alternative provision is in place for all current and potential users of the field, including Penallta RFC.
These alternative facilities could include the creation of a new pitch at nearby Sue Noake leisure centre, however there are concerns circulating on social media about problems with drainage at the site.
During last month’s storm, significant heavy rainfall led to a breach of a manhole above the main sewer that runs on the boundary of the site. The manhole is approximately 10 metres away from the edge of the proposed new pitch.
Welsh Water has responsibility for sewerage infrastructure and are currently investigating. Welsh Water believe the cause to be silt entering the system as a result of a tree falling during recent storm. Engineers have been commissioned to desilt the system and remove any debris to ensure the sewer can flow freely once again.
They have also confirmed that during the last 10 years, they only have two reports on record of this manhole overflowing. One event was in 2014 and the other was this most recent event. There are no concerns of this being a regular occurrence.
Cllr Ross Whiting, CCBC Cabinet Member said, “The council is working directly with Penallta RFC to agree the optimum configuration of the two pitches and are also developing options to safeguard against future breaches, even though there have only been two such recorded incidents in the last decade.”
“The council is committed to providing a safe environment for people of all ages to engage in sports and any works required will be undertaken to fully address any such issues before any plans are progressed at the site.”