Great news about substantial funding for the Home Farm Play Scheme. Twenty thousand pounds has been allocated by NCC to make a start on replacing play equipment. Newport Council removed the fixed playground equipment at Home Farm last year, following the recommendation that the play area no longer met BS EN 1176 & 1177 safety standards, thus posing a serious risk to users and to the council in terms of liability.
Despite lobbying undertaken by Cllr Gail Giles to replace the play area the City Council at that time were unable to allocate any funds. As a result Councillor Giles and Jason Hughes (now also a Caerleon ward councillor)) met a senior official in the Parks Department in September 2016 to discuss setting up a community group to seek grant funding to replace the children’s play equipment,
Subsequently the Caerleon Home Farm community group, made up of local residents, have been looking at options open to them.At a meeting on the 13th July 2017, attended by Cllr Hughes, a comprehensive consultation document was presented to the council which had been undertaken with local residents. It identified a need to replace the toddler play area.
Since then the council officers have come up with a recommendation that some of the Council’s Section 106 funding can be used to replace the play equipment. It has been agreed that £20k can be used to possibly replace a climbing frame which would allow the community to have access to some fixed playground equipment. In addition,the council will continue to work with local residents to identify additional funding to further enhance this site.
Equipment to the value of £20k will now be sought and Councillor Hughes will be liaising further with the Community Group.