Work will soon begin to improve the King George V athletics facility in Clydach Vale – and the Council has announced the scheme will benefit from additional funding to install floodlights, subject to planning permission.
In February 2019, Cabinet proposed a £500,000 investment to Full Council for improvements to the Clydach Vale facility. This funding is earmarked for the athletics track to be resurfaced, enhancements to be made to the field event areas, and drainage improvements to the football pitch. In March 2019, Full Council agreed the funding for the work to commence this summer.
The Council has now announced an additional £300,000 funding for the scheme, from the Council’s Core Capital Budget. This will enable the installation of floodlights, and a planning application for this is currently being progressed.
This scheme will ensure that the Rhondda, Cynon and Taff areas of the County Borough will all shortly benefit from significantly improved outdoor athletics facilities. It follows the opening of the state-of-the-art £3m Ron Jones Stadium in Aberdare during October 2018, while a new athletics track is nearing completion in Beddau – around the perimeter of the new 3G pitch at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School.
Work to transform the King George V athletics facility will begin on Monday, June 24, and will take 18 weeks to complete. To ensure the improvements are delivered safely, the site will be unavailable for public use during the scheme – and this closure is likely to begin in early July 2019 for the duration of the works.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “This total investment of £800,000 in the King George V athletics facility demonstrates the Council’s continued commitment to improving its outdoor leisure offer. The scheme will ensure Rhondda follows the Cynon Valley and Taff Ely areas in benefitting from new athletics facilities, for the benefit of local communities.
"Our investment in athletics facilities coincides with our funding for ‘all-weather’ 3G sports pitches. A new pitch recently opened in Penywaun, while another new facility in Beddau is nearing completion. During May 2019, the Council announced capital funding for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s 14th 3G pitch, to be built in Treorchy – achieving our aim of providing every resident of the County Borough with a 3G pitch within a three-mile radius, no matter where they live in RCT.
"Work at the King George V will be starting shortly – to improve the track and field facilities and the football field. I’m delighted to announce that an additional £300,000 investment will enable floodlights to be installed – which will allow users to enjoy the facility for longer each day, particularly during the winter months. This additional investment is subject to the Council being granted planning permission, and an application for this is being progressed.
"I’d like to thank users of the facility in advance for their cooperation while the works are being carried out to deliver significant long-term improvements.”
Posted on Friday 21st June 2019