Newport Council sit on £262,152 funding for 16 months, for Splash Park still not built.
A recent freedom of information request (FOI) by the Newport Conservative Group has revealed the City’s Council are still sitting on £262,152 worth of funding - for improvements to Tredegar Park and a Splash Park they have yet to build.
The funding - received in February 2018 - comes from Section 106 payments received by building developers totalling £262,152.
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In September 2018, Newport Council’s Strategic director Beverly Owen revealed “I am pleased to advise that over the summer months Council officers have been developing detailed plans to reinstate a splash pad facility at Tredegar Park, and that a planning application will be submitted imminently, with a view the facility being opened in 2019.”
However, Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans said “Last week we saw the Welsh Government drop plans for Newport’s M4 Relief Road after years of delaying on the decision. This week we’ve found out our Council have spent months dithering over a decision to build a new Splash Park for the City. There’s still no indication as to when a decision will be made? This Splash Park should’ve been ready and open for the summer of this year.”
Cllr Evans added “A new Splash Park would be a much needed boost for Newport.”
Fellow Conservative Cllr Charles Ferris also questioned the project. “We were told in September that ‘detailed plans’ had been drawn up for a new Splash Park. Now we find out that the Council have only merely sought ‘advice’ from a company who had installed similar facilities for other authorities. It appears there are no detailed plans ready for a planning submission? What is going on?”
An online facebook video posted by Splash Park Campaigner Michael Enea has now been watched by over 15,300 people.
Mr Enea said “There’s overwhelming support from the public on this. All of our neighbouring Towns and Cities offer such a facility for their communities. When you look at the list of Splash Parks or Lidos elsewhere, you really do realise that Newport residents are being short-changed by their Council.”
List of Splash Parks, Water Lidos or Paddling Pools within a 1 hour drive of Newport include:-
- • Victoria Park in Cardiff
- • Blackpill Park in Swansea
- • Morgan Jones Park in Caerphilly
- • Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr
- • Pencoedtre Park in Barry
- • Ynysangharad Lido in Pontypridd
- • Bathurst Lido Pool in Lydney
- • Clifton Lido in Bristol
- • St.Andrews Park in Bristol
- • Millennium Square in Bristol
- • Mundy Park in Thornbury
- • Wotton Lido in Wotton-under-Edge
- • Portishead Open Air Lido
- • Water Adventure Park in Weston
- • Stratford Park Lido in Stroud
- • Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham
The FOI also asked “At any point, have the Council discussed or considered charging a small wristband admission fee for entry into a proposed Splash Pad?” The Council’s reply was a simple “No”.
Another FOI question asked “The entrance house at Tredegar Park has been boarded-up and disused for over two decades. Have the Council made any moves to look at redeveloping the house or bringing back into use? The council reply was “(our) property management partners continue to look at options to utilise this and other vacant properties.”
Mr Enea said “I’ve had people interested in renting out the entrance house. One person wanted to turn it into a cafe and nursery for young kids. So why is it still closed? The Council really are dragging their feet over this. They are failing to act decisively.”
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Link to the online facebook campaign video with over 15,400 views is here: https://www.facebook.com/488395444561273/posts/2223511587716308?s=100006805058053&v=e&sfns=mo
For more information on the Freedom of Information Request made by Newport Conservative Group, please view the document below:
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