Where's Newport's Splash Park?City News, Page of Shame
Pictured: Newport's children and families deserve a Splash Park
MATTHEW EVANS CALLS ON NEWPORT LABOUR TO BUILD A CITY SPLASH PARK
AFTER MORE DELAYS!
Calls have been made for Newport Labour City Council to press ahead and build a new Splash Park at Tredegar Park after it has been revealed it’s plans have been delayed by 5 months! It has now been deferred for a review by the Cabinet Member for Leisure.
IS OUR LABOUR LED COUNCIL 'DITHERING' OVER THE SPLASH PARK?
Conservative Cllr Charles Ferris wrote to the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Cllr Debbie Harvey, requesting an update:- “Please can you tell
me what is the position and will we see construction of this facility this year as promised?”
TREDEGAR PARK SPLASH PARK A SAD LOSS TO THE CITY
Newport Council responded by saying “Proposals for Tredegar Park are being developed by the Parks and Recreation team. Options will be presented to the cabinet member shortly. Funding is from the previously allocated Section 106 money of £262K for ‘leisure improvement in Tredegar Park’. Additional funding, if needed would not be applied for until a final decision is taken on which option to proceed with.
Following Conservative Group pressure in September 2018 which forced a Council U-turn on this issue, Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans has said “In September of last year, we were told that plans for a new Splash Pad were due to be submitted IMMINENTLY. Now we learn, it appears over
the last 5 months the Council have merely sat on this project with so-called ‘options’ sent to the Cabinet Member for a review? Are they going ahead
with it or are they stalling. I sincerely hope we don’t see a U-Turn? If the project is dropped, it would be a ‘double blow’ for families and their
children, when coupled with the Council’s intention of introducing car parking charges at our parks.”
Pictured: Newport Conservative Campaigner Mike Enea
Newport Conservative Group Campaigner Michael Enea said “There are no excuses. The Council could implement a small entry fee of £2. They
could open a small refreshments kiosk. The Entrance House at Tredegar Park has been sat empty and disused for years. This would make a great café.
All this would generate substantial income which would go towards covering the ongoing running costs of a Splash Pad in Newport. It would be cost neutral.
This is done successfully at the Splash Pad in Weston Super-Mare and the Lido in Pontypridd.”
Pictured: Campaigners Louise Smith and Lloyd Walsh
A petition run by Newport resident Louise Smith to revamp Tredegar Park currently has 1677 signatures. Ms Smith said “A Splash Park would benefit thousands
of children in Newport, including children with ADHD, down syndrome and autism, all of whom have extra sensory experiences with interacting with water.
They need to hurry up and make a decision on this. I thought it was all going ahead ready for the summer, but they’re cutting it fine on time-frames.
I hope they don’t go back on their word.”
The petition on change.orgis here:- https://www.change.org/p/councillor-malcolm-linton-make-newport-council-see-that-tredegar-park-needs-saving-we-want-the-park-great-again
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