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3G pitch for Church Village

Picture – Completed 3G surface at Graig

Construction works to deliver a new 3G sports pitch in Church Village are now underway, as the Council delivers its latest investment in all-weather outdoor leisure facilities.

The new sports pitch at Garth Olwg will replace the astroturf off St Illtyds Road, providing an improved facility that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Works got underway on Monday, November 13.

Announced in March, the Council’s investment at Garth Olwg is being delivered alongside plans for similar new facilities in Abercynon and Ferndale.

During October, Cabinet agreed a further £650,000 investment in 3G sports pitches, which will see new facilities built at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun. Meanwhile, recently-completed 3G pitches at Pentre, Mountain Ash, Tonypandy, Tonyrefail and Graig are currently being enjoyed by local communities, schools and sports clubs.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:

“The Council is continuing to deliver upon its pledge made to local sports teams, to improve current leisure facilities in the County Borough. Significant funding for Leisure continues to be provided as a key area for investment in the £200m #RCTinvest scheme.

“These new 3G sports pitches provide a solution for communities, clubs and schools to continue outdoor exercise activities during inclement weather. They are also a huge help to sports clubs who, each winter, have their fixture lists disrupted by the inevitable bad weather during this time of year.

“I welcome news that works are now underway at Garth Olwg as it, along with new facilities at Ferndale Community School and Abercynon Sports Centre, are on course for completion in the coming months.

“Our focus will then move onto providing new 3G pitches at Bryncelynnog and Rhydywaun schools, with funding agreed by Cabinet recently. These are the latest schemes contributing to our ambitious aim to provide residents with a 3G pitch within three miles, no matter where in the County Borough they live.”

With works now underway at Garth Olwg, the Council’s contractor Morgan Sindall has requested that the general public do not use the car park next to the astroturf from November 13.

This area will be used as the contractor’s compound, and it will also be their access point for works.