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Green light for over £650,000 of environmental improvements

Posted on : 28 Jun 2018

Green light for over £650,000 of environmental improvements
Cllr Nigel George with members of Ty Sign Learn and Play Community Group at the current skate park in Ty Sign
The green light has been given for over £650,000 of environmental improvements to communities throughout the Caerphilly county borough.

Caerphilly County Borough Council has approved the projects as part of its Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme.  The WHQS programme will see around £220 million invested into bringing council tenants’ homes and the areas that they live in up to specific Welsh Government set standards by 2020.

Approved projects include additional funding to support a replacement skate park in Ty Sign, Risca; with £45,000 being contributed from the council’s WHQS Environmental Improvement Programme to support match funding of £45,000 provided by the Ty Sign Learn and Play Community Group.

Other projects approved include a package of improvements at the Maes Mabon estate in Nelson; including the addition of pathways to create safer access routes for pedestrians, improved disabled access and measures to prevent off road vehicles.  The area will also benefit from a new multi-use games area and a community orchard.

A number of environmental improvements have also been approved for Phillipstown, New Tredegar.  As well as plans to provide additional parking in Derlwyn Street and to the rear of Jones Street, a replacement bus shelter is also planned, along with planting and signage at the entranceway to the estate.  Young people and families in Phillipstown will benefit from improvements to the existing play area, along with the addition of a skate park.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said “As well as transforming homes, the council’s WHQS programme will also see local communities transformed through the environmental element of the standard.  The projects approved for Ty-Sign, Maes Mabon and Phillipstown have all been developed in partnership with local communities, to ensure improvements meet the needs and priorities of local people.  Consultation with tenants will continue between now and 2020 to develop plans for further environmental improvements in communities throughout the county borough.”

To find out more about the council’s WHQS Environmental Improvement Programme or to submit ideas for potential projects visit,-adaptations-and-improvements/WHQS-improvement-scheme call 01443 866231/ 864002 / 864398 or email  

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