Children’s play areas reopen across Bridgend County Borough

All council-maintained play areas in Bridgend County Borough have reopened ahead of schedule and in line with latest national guidance from Welsh Government.

The playgrounds, which had been closed during the pandemic to help keep people safe and limit potential exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus, were originally due to reopen by 30 July.

The council has had to check more than a hundred sites in the county borough to make sure that play equipment remains in good order and is safe to use, and that play areas have not been vandalised and are free from broken glass, dog fouling and other potential hazards.

New signage for each site has also had to be manufactured and installed to remind people that social distancing and hand-hygiene procedures must be maintained at all times.

Cllr Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Since Welsh Government confirmed that local authorities could start to look at how play areas might be gradually reopened, a great deal of work has taken place within a very short period of time.

“While we wanted all 110 local playgrounds to reopen as quickly as possible our priority has of course been to ensure that children can use them safely and without risk.

“I’m delighted that after a lot of hard work from our staff, we have been able to do so faster than we originally anticipated, and that the play areas are now open once again for children to enjoy.

“Please remember that the pandemic is not over. We all continue to have a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus within the local community, so you will need to bring along your own hand sanitiser and follow the instructions on the new signage in order to use the play areas safely.”