All-weather pitch coming to Pontarddulais

A NEW all-weather sports pitch is coming to Pontarddulais, but funding for one in Mumbles may prove trickier.

Swansea Council will contribute £200,000 for the floodlit scheme at the former tennis courts at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School.

It was announced at a meeting of full council on November 4 by council Leader Rob Stewart, who was then asked if Mumbles would get one.

Pontarddulais school pupils will use the pitch during the day. It will be available for wider community use out of school hours.

Pontarddulais’s two councillors, Phil Downing and Kevin Griffiths, will donate money from their share of a £1 million play fund which is parcelled out among Swansea’s 72 councillors.

Thanking Cllr Stewart, Cllr Downing said: “We have spoken many times over the last few years about this.”

The new pitch, he said, would benefit people living in Pontlliw, Tircoed, Penllergaer and Llangyfelach as well as his home town.

Cllr Griffiths said: “It’s something we have been looking for for a long, long time.” (correct)

Cllr Stewart said people valued parks and play more than ever since the coronavirus pandemic.

All-weather pitches and play areas worth nearly £7 million have been delivered, he said, by the current Labour administration including pitches in Morriston, Penyrheol, and Pentrehahod School.

“I think that’s something we can all be proud of,” he said.

Newton councillor Will Thomas then said Cllr Stewart had promised an all-weather pitch for Underhill Park, Mumbles, a while back.

“I would like to ask the leader if money is available,” he said.

Cllr Thomas said Mumbles Community Council has had to step in to offer to fund a new all-weather pitch at the park, which is due to be handed over by the council to a local charity called Mumbles Community Association.

Cllr Stewart said Swansea City were in the Premiership when the all-weather pitch commitment was made, and that their relegation to the Championship in 2018 had reduced the amount of funding available for community sports pitches.

He said the administration had been supporting trustees of Mumbles Community Association and also backed the community council in its bid to build a skate park at West Cross.

The Labour leader said “more innovative ways” of delivering 3G pitches were being looked at, adding that the Pontarddulais scheme was very much community-led.

“I’m more than happy to talk to Cllr Thomas about this,” he said.

The Pontarddulais pitch has been welcomed by the school’s head teacher Gareth Rees.

“The ongoing pandemic has thwarted a large swathe of the school’s and local sports provision,” said Mr Rees.

“We really look forward to when everyone can come together again and use the facility, bringing enjoyment and fun to many people for years to come.”

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