The children's climbing frame was removed from the Drovers' Way playground today, following an assessment by Cardiff Council that it was no longer safe to use. The frame's footings had rusted away, due to constant flooding of the play area.
Radyr and Morganstown Community council has been working hard with Cardiff Council, the Parc Radyr Management Committee and Redrow Homes to prepare for the installation of new equipment. Funding is in place to fill around three-quarters of the play area - with further funds to be sought to fill the remaining area. (Full story here).
However, before any new equipment is installed, work will need to be done to prevent mud and water flooding onto the site (and ruining the new equipment). Redrow Homes are working closely with Cardiff Council to agree on the necessary works. We will continue to press them to do this as quickly as possible, so that this important play area is once again a great place for young children to play and learn.
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has offered Radyr Cricket Club a grant of up to £13,000 to help with the construction of a new pavilion. Award of the grant will depend on the club managing to raise the rest of the £130,000 required for the project.
Here's an extract from a letter we received from the club, following our offer of a grant. It's great to see that the club has already raised £90,000:
Dear Councillor Vaughan,
Attached you will find a Funding Brochure which will in the next few days be issued to all members, parents/guardians of the juniors and Vice Presidents. The content speaks for itself, though it is worth noting, that the front cover shows father and son Clegg opening the batting for the 2nd X1, whilst wife/mother Emma sits on the main Management Board and daughter/sister Jess is one of the club's sixteen Wales internationals. A truly family club.
The funding is progressing well and so far almost £90,000 has been committed with a number of individuals pledging their support in the last few days. The club has been encouraged to apply to Sport Wales and another fund overseen by Cricket Wales. An application will shortly be made to the ECB for an interest free loan which if successful will mean the club will have reached the necessary critical mass to allow the project to commence. I'm extremely optimistic about this as it is a fund run by the individual who is overseeing the project/grant on behalf of Cricket Wales.
With regards the management of the project, two sub committees have been formed, one dealing with the funding and the second the actual building works. The former group have produced the above mentioned brochure and written to a great many individuals and companies to get the funding message out to as many people as possible. Whilst the latter group have prepared various work packages and prepared the necessary working drawings. Progress is seen on a daily basis and I have no doubt that by this time next year the project will be complete and ready for its official launch.
Radyr Cricket Club - Chairman
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