The future of a popular Betws playground is in jeopardy, it has been revealed.

Maesquarre Park has been placed on Carmarthenshire County Council’s asset transfer list which means that the council no longer has responsibility for maintaining the park.

Betws Community Council have refused to take over maintaining the park as councillors unanimously decided not to accept the transfer.

The Clerk to Betws Community Council told The Guardian: “Unfortunately Betws Community Council were unable to take over Maesquarre Park due to the lack of financial support provided by Carmarthenshire County Council.

“We were offered a grant of £204 p.a. to take over the park but we would have had to raise the additional costs ourselves.

“In addition to this, we undertook a survey of the park and found issues with the ground and around £15,800 of upgrading work is required due to the poor state and lack of upkeep by Carmarthenshire County Council.

“We came to the difficult decision of not being able to accept the asset transfer because we could not afford to do so.”

Betws residents have now teamed up to help find a way to keep the park open.

A Facebook group named Save Our Park Maesquarre Park, Betws, Ammanford has been set up and has already attracted over 200 members in the last week.

Chairperson of the group, Lucy Jones, said: "It is needless to say that the park will be a huge loss to the children and young people of our community and as a group we aim to do as much as we possibly can to stop this from happening.

"We want to work alongside Betws Community Council to help us find a resolution to prevent the park from closing.

"We have sent a letter to our council requesting them to consider taking on the park and we have also started to knock doors around the area with a petition so we can collect as many signatures as possible.

"Maesquarre Park is a major asset to the community and the next park is over a mile away with no pavements for the children to walk on.

"There are loads of families in this particular area and the park was actually one of the reasons why me and my family moved to the community."

Carmarthenshire County Council has been approached for a comment.