A PLAYGROUND in Dinas Powys will be given a major upgrade after a community campaign.

The playground at Murchfield will see a full upgrade, after a successful campaign led by local resident Zelda Smith and the Dinas Powys community councillors.

Following a public consultation in March 2019, the Vale council has appointed a contractor to carry out around £120,000 worth of upgrades to the facilities.

The playground will benefit from a full wetpour surface and 14 new play items.

Local Councillor Vince Driscoll said: “I’m delighted that we have secured such a significant upgrade at the Murchfield playground.

“This has been desperately needed for such a long time and already parents locally are telling me how pleased they are with the look of the new park.

“I want to pay tribute to Zelda, who has been heavily involved from the start through running the community campaign. I know that this will be an excellent facility for children locally to enjoy for years to come.”

Community councillor Chris Franks said: “The existing facilities are very dated and defective equipment is being removed.

“We congratulate local residents who campaigned so hard for these improvements.”

Cllr Lis Burnett, Vale council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Murch Field in Dinas Powys is the latest play area to undergo refurbishment as part of a widespread program of similar improvement work across the Vale.

“Around £120,000, secured by the council from local developers for community projects, will be invested in the scheme.

“Following a community consultation event, work will begin in January, with the play area set to contain a host of exciting new equipment, including a variety of swings, and other items of imaginative and dynamic play equipment for toddlers and juniors.

“Much of the equipment will be inclusive, allowing both able-bodied and disabled children to play together, while the design is intended to ensure the play area stimulates children mentally as well as physically.”