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Removing Aberdare Park Paddling Pool?

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has been saying for some time that there is no funding for reopening Aberdare Park Paddling Pool.


Today we were informed that Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are to spend somewhere in the region of £130,000 removing the paddling pool and specialist contractor installing a new splash park.


We were also informed that the contractor installing the equipment would have a contract for 5 years maintaining the park at the cost to ratepayers.


We are unsure if the above is correct but if RCTC keeps people ill-informed people can only listen to rumors.


At the end of the day councilors are supposed to represent and inform the people it’s our money they are using covertly it would seem. (But there is an election due next May)


This money is on top of the £100,000 plus already allocated for Aberdare Park, who Rhondda Cynon Taf Council say the work to be carried out by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was what Friends of Aberdare Park wanted.


Having asked through Twitter how many members are there of Friends of Aberdare Park to be informed there were only 20 members. Friends of Aberdare Park we believe are setting up as a charity, Aberdare Public Park is already a charity the number is 524105.


But never mind there is free swimming in Ponty Lido paid for by Rhondda Cynon Taf Ratepayers as we all know you don’t get anything for nothing. But the rest of Wales can enjoy free swimming paid for by one of the most deprived areas of Wales but that’s RCTC Labour controlled council.


It's a shame :( 

How about writing a petition? £130,000 for removing the pool is a lot of money. Wouldn't it be wiser to invest this cash in renovating and reopening it?



How about using the money to get the lake cleaned up (and maintained with a better water supply)... open as a fishing venue.. a nice simple sport to get kids into doing outdoor activities, fishing is an all year round sport and doesn't cost much to have a dangle.

Also, it would be the only venue for miles around that would have full disabled access... am sure there's some 3rd sector funding available as soon as 'disabled' is mentioned (cynical but true). Use the revenue from the angling permits (day tickets) and associated sales from the shop as an ONGOING source of revenue to fund other matters, eg the open air pool.

Otherwise the £130k (how much!!! someone's making a quick buk on that for a start!) on a feature which may only be used during summer holiday period (if weather warm enough), and the other £100k is going to be squandered as usual.

Nearly £¼ million in total... and it's going to get wasted.. AGAIN!

What is is with RCTCBC?..... too many 'heavy lunches'????