BRIDGEND councillors have accepted more than £300,000 funding for green space at a housing and healthcare site.
The Welsh Government will provide £315,268 for the development of green space at Sunnyside Wellness Village as part of its Transforming Towns initiative, which aims to redevelop town centres.
The work will include a communal growing area, natural play area, planting and protecting existing trees.
“I really welcome this,” said Councillor Nicole Burnett, cabinet member for social services and early help.
“As a town centre area, we are crying out for as much green space and greenery as possible.
“I’m really excited about this development.”
Cllr Burnett also said the creation of more green space will contribute to the council’s decarbonisation targets.
The council’s corporate director for communities Janine Nightingale said the funding will go towards a “fantastic scheme” and the “green element is very strong”.
A report by Ms Nightingale reads:
“Research shows that access to high-quality green space makes a significant contribution to peoples physical and mental well-being including reduced health inequalities, increased community cohesion and an improved sense of place both in the short and long term.”
The wellness village is currently being developed by Linc Cymru, a housing association and care provider which works with local authorities and the NHS to help Wales’ ageing population.
The development will feature 59 affordable homes and a new £10.7m healthcare centre.
It will include mental health services and affordable homes on the site of the old Sunnyside council offices and magistrates court in Bridgend.
Cllr Dhanisha Patel, the cabinet member for wellbeing and future generations, said:
“I think this is a really good project especially in relation to the air quality management area that we have got on Park Street.”
“It’s a really nice thing to see and the fact that it is a social housing development ticks my boxes and it’s nice that we aren’t stacking in houses and building concrete jungles.”