CWMLLYNFELL Community Council have received funding of £79,986 from the Welsh Government under the Aggregate Levy Fund for Wales and £50,000 fromWREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd) under the Landfill Communities Fund to transform disused tennis/basketball courts into a Multi Use GamesArea, including a skateboard park and a zip slide.

A group of young people in the village had consistently raised the question of making better use of the facilities that had become derelict.

Consultations were therefore entered into with the community and in particular Cwmllynfell Primary School and Cwmllynfell Youth Club.

“The community as a whole has shown support and enthusiasm for the project, which has convinced us that priority should be given to providing thenewplayarea,” saidacouncil spokesman. The council is grateful for the co-operation it has received from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in the community engagement process, the design of the scheme and in seeking funding.

They are also grateful to the Cwmllynfell Hall committee for agreeing to co-operate in the day-to-day running of the park once completed.

The facility will be built by Wicksteed Playscapes and work has now commenced on site. AMGwendaThomassaid: “In rural communities, it is vital young people have facilities they can use in their local area.”