WORKS to upgrade Cogan Pill play area, off Dochdwy Road in Llandough, will begin on Tuesday 8 May.

The works will involve installing new equipment with safety surfacing and upgrading the steps next to the embankment slide.

The existing play facilities will be retained and the new equipment will includes a dragonfly seesaw, a Zingo unit, and a tornado unit.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council received £41,689 specifically for the purpose of improving public open space in Llandough, secured via a Section 106 agreement, from Hafod Housing Association pursuant to the redevelopment of 67-79 Dochdwy Road (the former shopping parade).

The contractor will be Horizon Civil Engineering Ltd and the work will take about six weeks to complete.

Safety surfacing will be installed and contractors will upgrade the existing slide and steps, as well as realigning existing railings and retaining the slide.

A consultation exercise was held in early 2017 at Llandough Primary School, which is adjacent to the site.

Pupils were shown the plans of the refurbishment, and shared their thoughts and ideas in a school assembly.

The children said there should be climbing frames and equipment that is appropriate for both older and younger children, as they believed a park should be a place to "create childhood memories to last a lifetime".

Cllr Gordon Kemp, Vale Council cabinet member for social care, health and leisure, said: “This is an exciting project for the residents of Llandough and it’s wonderful that the school children have had their say in what they would like to see in their play area.

“It is fantastic that Section 106 money can be used to fund this play area for the community, and especially for the children who can use the new play equipment during the summer holidays.”