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Neath Port Talbot Council Celebrates Official Opening of Cimla Common Playground Refurbishment

Neath Port Talbot Council has officially opened its latest refurbished playground at Cimla Common, following a heartfelt request from pupils at Crynallt Primary School. The playground marks a significant enhancement in play facilities for families and children in the local area.

Neath Port Talbot Council Celebrates Official Opening of Cimla Common Playground Refurbishment

Responding to the pupils' plea for improvements to its local playground, council officers engaged with pupils at the school, even involving them in the design process alongside the contractor. The result is a playground that is not only double in size, but now offers numerous pieces of equipment suitable for toddlers, young children, and those with disabilities.

With a total investment of £132,991, some of the key highlights of the playground refurbishment include:

•    The 'Mission Target' multi-play unit, featuring a twister, three platforms, trapeze, and bannister slide, providing engaging activities for children of all abilities.
•    A Low Rotator, 2.4m Embankment Slide, Half Ball rubber sculptures, and 3D snake
•    Inclusive equipment such as an inclusive flush-fitting roundabout and a ground trampoline for rebound therapy, catering to children with disabilities.
•    Addition of a basket nest swing, designed to support those with lower lumbar support issues.
•    Impact Absorbing Safety Surfacing with an overlay of rubber crumb, ensuring a safe and clean play environment for all children
•    Contrasting colours in the safety surfacing, aiding visually impaired individuals in identifying changes in levels.

Councillor Scott Jones, Cabinet Member for Streetcare, said: “Our play areas and open spaces are really valued by residents across Neath Port Talbot, providing free, outdoor fun for families. 

“We are proud to have worked alongside Crynallt Primary School pupils in realising their vision for a playground that they can enjoy. 

“The playground is the latest to be refurbished as part of our £4.2m Additional Works Programme which aims to improve things such as grass mowing, the sprucing up of playgrounds, green spaces, bus shelters and footpaths.”

Cllr Steve Hunt, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said: 

“As a council, we continue to listen to all our communities across Neath Port Talbot and know how important it is to listen to our young people when delivering something they would use.”

Playgrounds already completed include Mount Pleasant in Neath, Victoria Gardens in Neath Town Centre, Talbot Memorial Park in Taibach, Tollgate in Margam and James Field in Briton Ferry. 

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