Water play feature at Newport's Tredegar Park closes for good

SHUT DOWN: The water play feature in Newport’s Tredegar Park has been closed for good

SHUT DOWN: The water play feature in Newport’s Tredegar Park has been closed for good

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A WATER play feature in Newport’s Tredegar Park that has been plagued with issues over the years has been closed for good.

Newport council says it simply costs too much for the council to repair or replace the pirate-themed water play facility in Tredegar Park.

The feature hasn’t been open this season at all – it is thought that officers had been looking at a number of options but that it was just too expensive to continue.

Newport council opened the water-play feature – designed to entertain children during the summer – at a cost of £120,000 in 2007.

The authority now says it would cost £200,000 to repair or replace the facility.

In early July 2013 Newport council closed the facility for essential repairs after a mechanical fault.

Later that month fears that a minor bug may have been found there saw it closed again.

At the time the council said the water play area was being closed as a precautionary measure, with regular monitoring revealing the possibility of the bug.

The authority had said the system would be cleansed and chlorinated, and it was hoped it could be reopened within a couple of weeks.

However the equipment wasn’t reopened after that.

The water feature had earlier shut in summer 2008 because of maintenance problems.

A spokeswoman for Newport council said the water play feature “is currently closed and will soon be removed.”

“During the winter a series of structural and mechanical inspections were undertaken and the results concluded that the water play feature requires significant capital investment to replace the infrastructure to enable it to reopen,” she said.

“It would cost more than £200,000 for the council to repair or replace the facility and as a result of the council’s financial position it is not viable to repair it and so it will be removed.

“The council is extremely disappointed that it has to take this action but with a reduced budget and further savings to be found it is left with no other option.”

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7:00am Tue 1 Jul 14

warneboy says...

Is it still under guarantee? Ask for a refund,faulty goods! The office of fair trading will sort it out.
Is it still under guarantee? Ask for a refund,faulty goods! The office of fair trading will sort it out. warneboy
  • Score: 21

8:00am Tue 1 Jul 14

Linzi68 says...

Why is £200,000 too expensive? The council can find/lend millions to pay for a new shopping centre, but can not find £200,000 for this to be repaired. Yet another thing snatched away from the children of newport! Out of curiosity, how much will it cost to have it removed? Or will it randomly catch fire like everything else the council doesn't want to deal with!!
Why is £200,000 too expensive? The council can find/lend millions to pay for a new shopping centre, but can not find £200,000 for this to be repaired. Yet another thing snatched away from the children of newport! Out of curiosity, how much will it cost to have it removed? Or will it randomly catch fire like everything else the council doesn't want to deal with!! Linzi68
  • Score: 68

8:14am Tue 1 Jul 14

anigel says...

I notice there is no mention of the actual cost to remove it and to make good and safe the area No doubt it is not a significant saving over the cost to reopen it.
I notice there is no mention of the actual cost to remove it and to make good and safe the area No doubt it is not a significant saving over the cost to reopen it. anigel
  • Score: 43

8:18am Tue 1 Jul 14

Jack Land says...

Perhaps not needlessly replacing hundreds of thousands of bins would be a way to finding the money?
Perhaps not needlessly replacing hundreds of thousands of bins would be a way to finding the money? Jack Land
  • Score: 81

8:35am Tue 1 Jul 14

Danfoss says...

This council just love wasting money. It seems, as if this equipment has not been maintained properly and has just been installed and forgotten about.
The cost to remove the equipment, all the ancillary equipment associated with it and to landscape the area, will probably be more than the cost to repair it.
But we all know what councils are like, they always spend money in the wrong areas.
This council just love wasting money. It seems, as if this equipment has not been maintained properly and has just been installed and forgotten about. The cost to remove the equipment, all the ancillary equipment associated with it and to landscape the area, will probably be more than the cost to repair it. But we all know what councils are like, they always spend money in the wrong areas. Danfoss
  • Score: 40

8:36am Tue 1 Jul 14

maggiesian says...

Just spent a few days in Swansea with my daughter and grandson. His favourite place was the Clyne Lido, which is a large paddling area alongside a children's playground. It was fantastic. At least two businesses did very good trade on the two days we were there. Oddly enough it was the brainchild of a man brought up in Risca. Perhaps he should come out of retirement and start advising Newport City council.
Just spent a few days in Swansea with my daughter and grandson. His favourite place was the Clyne Lido, which is a large paddling area alongside a children's playground. It was fantastic. At least two businesses did very good trade on the two days we were there. Oddly enough it was the brainchild of a man brought up in Risca. Perhaps he should come out of retirement and start advising Newport City council. maggiesian
  • Score: 55

9:01am Tue 1 Jul 14

jct says...

£120,000 when installed , but £200,000 to fix it???? It's not rocket science, a few water pumps,etc!! Someone has been ripped off here! Oh it's Newport council idiots again! Do they not want visitors to enjoy the parks ? Like in previous comments, they can waste 100,s of thousands £,s on new smaller wheelie bins that did not need changing, and £90million towards anew shopping centre when they can't even look after the existing centre!!!! Wake up
£120,000 when installed , but £200,000 to fix it???? It's not rocket science, a few water pumps,etc!! Someone has been ripped off here! Oh it's Newport council idiots again! Do they not want visitors to enjoy the parks ? Like in previous comments, they can waste 100,s of thousands £,s on new smaller wheelie bins that did not need changing, and £90million towards anew shopping centre when they can't even look after the existing centre!!!! Wake up jct
  • Score: 45

9:01am Tue 1 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

the NCC sure do love ripping out childrens parks don't they!, then wonder why there's so many hanging around with nothing to do!
the NCC sure do love ripping out childrens parks don't they!, then wonder why there's so many hanging around with nothing to do! inkyskin
  • Score: 50

9:43am Tue 1 Jul 14

displayed says...

Its all "water under the bridge" to the council, as long as someone gets their money, they don't care about the public!

Remember folks, u voted for them................
.........
Its all "water under the bridge" to the council, as long as someone gets their money, they don't care about the public! Remember folks, u voted for them................ ......... displayed
  • Score: 29

10:50am Tue 1 Jul 14

smiffy76 says...

Tax and spend
Tax and spend smiffy76
  • Score: 6

11:00am Tue 1 Jul 14

DavidMclean says...

Elsewhere on the Argus website...

'A FUND of more than £1 million is set to be put aside by Newport council for the Friars Walk scheme in case a plan to loan £90 million to the shopping complex hits the buffers.

'Documents for today’s Newport council meeting show the authority had £3.9 million spare at the end of the 2013/14 year. '

Use the search box at the top of the page to find the story.
Elsewhere on the Argus website... 'A FUND of more than £1 million is set to be put aside by Newport council for the Friars Walk scheme in case a plan to loan £90 million to the shopping complex hits the buffers. 'Documents for today’s Newport council meeting show the authority had £3.9 million spare at the end of the 2013/14 year. ' Use the search box at the top of the page to find the story. DavidMclean
  • Score: 22

11:08am Tue 1 Jul 14

julahla says...

Newport is a dump. We already have a lack of activities for children. Kids absolutely loved this water park. Newport council you are so spiteful. Stop pleading poverty. You can find money when it suits you. Newport city Haha.
Newport is a dump. We already have a lack of activities for children. Kids absolutely loved this water park. Newport council you are so spiteful. Stop pleading poverty. You can find money when it suits you. Newport city Haha. julahla
  • Score: 26

12:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

smartie40 says...

WHY DONT YOU GET SOUTH EAST WALES RACIAL QUALITY COUNCIL (SEWREC) TO PAY BACK THE £180.000 THEY OWE TO NEWPORT COUNCIL??
READ YESTERDAYS ARTICLE ON WALES ONLNE NEWS.. (BIG JOKE)
THIS MONEY COULD OF BEEN SPENT ON OUR CHILDRENS PLAY AREAS.
ALSO THE SKATE PARK IS A WASTE OF MONEY NO GOOD FOR THE LITTLE ONES TO PLAY. GIVE TREDEGAR PARK ITS POOL BACK AND BEECHWOOD PARK.. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE MONEY THE COUNCIL MAKES ON RECYCLE WASTE ? SPEND A LITTLE LIVE A LOT !!!!!! ROBBING OUR KIDS OF PLAYFUL TIMES..
WHY DONT YOU GET SOUTH EAST WALES RACIAL QUALITY COUNCIL (SEWREC) TO PAY BACK THE £180.000 THEY OWE TO NEWPORT COUNCIL?? READ YESTERDAYS ARTICLE ON WALES ONLNE NEWS.. (BIG JOKE) THIS MONEY COULD OF BEEN SPENT ON OUR CHILDRENS PLAY AREAS. ALSO THE SKATE PARK IS A WASTE OF MONEY NO GOOD FOR THE LITTLE ONES TO PLAY. GIVE TREDEGAR PARK ITS POOL BACK AND BEECHWOOD PARK.. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE MONEY THE COUNCIL MAKES ON RECYCLE WASTE ? SPEND A LITTLE LIVE A LOT !!!!!! ROBBING OUR KIDS OF PLAYFUL TIMES.. smartie40
  • Score: 28

12:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

DDDog1 says...

There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w
indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?
There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost? DDDog1
  • Score: 34

1:01pm Tue 1 Jul 14

welshsuperboy says...

but the council can spend money on a ship wreck and give a 180 thousand pound grant to a curry house on malpas rd shame on you
but the council can spend money on a ship wreck and give a 180 thousand pound grant to a curry house on malpas rd shame on you welshsuperboy
  • Score: 25

1:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

portman says...

THIS IS A DISGRACE! SHAME ON YOU COUNCIL YOU HAVE JUST GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR HUNDREDS OF BORED KIDS TO ROAM THE TOWN WHEN YOU BUILD SOMETHING DECENT YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN IT
THIS IS A DISGRACE! SHAME ON YOU COUNCIL YOU HAVE JUST GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR HUNDREDS OF BORED KIDS TO ROAM THE TOWN WHEN YOU BUILD SOMETHING DECENT YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN IT portman
  • Score: 19

1:41pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Jinxey says...

DDDog1 wrote:
There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w

indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?
To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council.

Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?[/p][/quote]To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council. Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger. Jinxey
  • Score: 12

1:44pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Jinxey says...

DDDog1 wrote:
There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w

indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?
To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council.

Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?[/p][/quote]To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council. Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger. Jinxey
  • Score: 4

4:45pm Tue 1 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

Everybody sounds shocked at this report.
It's no secret that the council have a current policy of making safe and removing parkland facilities that are too expensive, damaged or vandalised or just to old to repair.
This is openly known in council circles and, depending who you speak to, the length of time that this will continue usually goes around the next ten years or so. That is the time that will pass before Newport Council feel they will have any funds to pump in to parks.
Coming to a park or playground near you soon folks.........NOTHIN
G.
Everybody sounds shocked at this report. It's no secret that the council have a current policy of making safe and removing parkland facilities that are too expensive, damaged or vandalised or just to old to repair. This is openly known in council circles and, depending who you speak to, the length of time that this will continue usually goes around the next ten years or so. That is the time that will pass before Newport Council feel they will have any funds to pump in to parks. Coming to a park or playground near you soon folks.........NOTHIN G. landyman3030
  • Score: 17

4:54pm Tue 1 Jul 14

DDDog1 says...

Jinxey wrote:
DDDog1 wrote:
There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w


indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?
To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council.

Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger.
It's not just a council thing it's a government one,where was the planning when all this money was wasted a year or so ago?
[quote][p][bold]Jinxey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?[/p][/quote]To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council. Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger.[/p][/quote]It's not just a council thing it's a government one,where was the planning when all this money was wasted a year or so ago? DDDog1
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

In my day we had the river or slung a rope over the canal. We didn't have "water features" unless you count a rusty bath wedged in a tree. If anyone had asked the council for a "water feature" they would have had their head shoved right down the toilet. "There's your 'feature'...and your future!"
In my day we had the river or slung a rope over the canal. We didn't have "water features" unless you count a rusty bath wedged in a tree. If anyone had asked the council for a "water feature" they would have had their head shoved right down the toilet. "There's your 'feature'...and your future!" KarloMarko
  • Score: -5

5:27pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Gooda says...

Newport hasn"t had much to brag about of late. Just when you think things are on the up with the City Centre development, the Council return to their negative short term thinking. I can tell you this park is the jewel in Newports crown potentially. Instead they are determined seemingly to downgrade it to mediocrity and gradual demise. We"ve seen it before with the City Centre. And how much money does it take now to restore it to some kind of credibility. Long term investment and Thinking is whats needed.
Newport hasn"t had much to brag about of late. Just when you think things are on the up with the City Centre development, the Council return to their negative short term thinking. I can tell you this park is the jewel in Newports crown potentially. Instead they are determined seemingly to downgrade it to mediocrity and gradual demise. We"ve seen it before with the City Centre. And how much money does it take now to restore it to some kind of credibility. Long term investment and Thinking is whats needed. Gooda
  • Score: 7

6:48pm Tue 1 Jul 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Water pump, piping and a few tiles £200k ? Get another quote!
Water pump, piping and a few tiles £200k ? Get another quote! lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 14

6:53pm Tue 1 Jul 14

brian819@btinternet.com says...

I did hear that the whole park was being sold for private building purposes. I wonder if there is any truth in that. Should fetch in a pretty penny . Especially if the Council is as strapped for cash as it says it is.
I did hear that the whole park was being sold for private building purposes. I wonder if there is any truth in that. Should fetch in a pretty penny . Especially if the Council is as strapped for cash as it says it is. brian819@btinternet.com
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Tue 1 Jul 14

arjwain says...

and yet for many many years kids were just happy to have the swimming pool ...don't change thing if it aint broke ..
as for affording it ..£60 per house rent .how many council houses in Newport ? come on
and yet for many many years kids were just happy to have the swimming pool ...don't change thing if it aint broke .. as for affording it ..£60 per house rent .how many council houses in Newport ? come on arjwain
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....probably used the same firm that quoted for saving the Chartist mural.....
They can always justify things on the cost when they want to.....
With all the new housing being built in Newport...eventually their coffers will rise for very little effort....as developers have to contribute to local services......
.....probably used the same firm that quoted for saving the Chartist mural..... They can always justify things on the cost when they want to..... With all the new housing being built in Newport...eventually their coffers will rise for very little effort....as developers have to contribute to local services...... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 7

7:22pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Quarto says...

Tredegar Park has recently lost a lot of ground to a so called flood defence scheme, more like a flood defence scheme so that they can build on the old golf course which is THE flood plain.
I wonder what clout a private developer had to pinch that much land just to line their pockets, makes one wonder for sure.
This park is the most used park in Newport in my opinion so stop pinching off the kids, stop lining your own pockets and spend for the future of Newports kids.
Tredegar Park has recently lost a lot of ground to a so called flood defence scheme, more like a flood defence scheme so that they can build on the old golf course which is THE flood plain. I wonder what clout a private developer had to pinch that much land just to line their pockets, makes one wonder for sure. This park is the most used park in Newport in my opinion so stop pinching off the kids, stop lining your own pockets and spend for the future of Newports kids. Quarto
  • Score: 8

8:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

keithbob says...

typical money pinching council.i remember as a kid how much fun we had down there.mini golf,proper play areas with witches hat and rocking horse etc.feel sorry for my grandchildren and other youngsters who havent got the enjoyment taken away from them.recently took my 3 year old grandaughter down to tredegar park,and she couldnt even get on the slide as it was too high for her little legs!.shame on you newport!
typical money pinching council.i remember as a kid how much fun we had down there.mini golf,proper play areas with witches hat and rocking horse etc.feel sorry for my grandchildren and other youngsters who havent got the enjoyment taken away from them.recently took my 3 year old grandaughter down to tredegar park,and she couldnt even get on the slide as it was too high for her little legs!.shame on you newport! keithbob
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Boggler says...

This is just the latest in a long line of bad decisions made about newport's parks, first there was the debacle of the new play equipment in Beechwood Park positioned in a place where there is no room, hey presto most of it's now been removed and the rest is looking tatty like the grass. Then we have the sorry state of the play equipment at the to of. Beechwood Park - 2 ancient swings, a toddler slide, monkey bars and a tyre all of it in a terrible state. Now we have the only decent bit of play equipment in Tredegar Park removed - the only outdoor water play area in the Borough. This is being done in one of the most deprived areas of Wales and area where many children don't get to experience days out at the beach. Who's making all these terrible decisions I don't know but I suspect that he councillor are being advised by officers and nodding through reports without thinking too much of the consequences - shame!
This is just the latest in a long line of bad decisions made about newport's parks, first there was the debacle of the new play equipment in Beechwood Park positioned in a place where there is no room, hey presto most of it's now been removed and the rest is looking tatty like the grass. Then we have the sorry state of the play equipment at the to of. Beechwood Park - 2 ancient swings, a toddler slide, monkey bars and a tyre all of it in a terrible state. Now we have the only decent bit of play equipment in Tredegar Park removed - the only outdoor water play area in the Borough. This is being done in one of the most deprived areas of Wales and area where many children don't get to experience days out at the beach. Who's making all these terrible decisions I don't know but I suspect that he councillor are being advised by officers and nodding through reports without thinking too much of the consequences - shame! Boggler
  • Score: 10

10:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

sillybilly43 says...

Bloody shameful.. I,m sure the councillors could club together and get the money from their expenses, and the Chief Exec... MORONS
Bloody shameful.. I,m sure the councillors could club together and get the money from their expenses, and the Chief Exec... MORONS sillybilly43
  • Score: 3

10:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

warneboy says...

Jinxey wrote:
DDDog1 wrote:
There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w


indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?
To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council.

Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger.
NCH are Newport council! Same overpaid,over dysfunctional staff, plus countless new created jobtitles. Explains the £6 a year rent fee rise
[quote][p][bold]Jinxey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: There's two blocks of flats over Ringland,all with new kitchens,bathrooms,w indows and doors,all put in within the last one to two years and guess what? They're pulling them down,I wonder how much that forward planing cost?[/p][/quote]To be fair, Newport City Homes has nothing to do with the Council. Such a shame, used to enjoy going to be pool in the parks when I was younger.[/p][/quote]NCH are Newport council! Same overpaid,over dysfunctional staff, plus countless new created jobtitles. Explains the £6 a year rent fee rise warneboy
  • Score: 3

10:32pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pbhj says...

Forgetting the water park for a minute - there's a piece of brand new play equipment, a sort of small aerial runway that you hang from with your hands, the handle has broken off. It's been that way since Winter at least.

I'd estimate the part would cost maybe £5 at most, probably £80 fitted with the admin, 2 people to fit it (1 to watch) for 15 mins. But that's not even been fixed. Of course that means the whole play unit is just wasted - probably (with fitting) a couple of thousand pounds worth of equipment.

When you start a project you have to consider on-going costs. It's a very basic part of project management. Indeed this sort of de minimis fix should be in the contractors remit and should certainly be fixable in < 6 months.

If they can't get a simply handle fixed. What hope for managing the upkeep of a seasonal water park.
Forgetting the water park for a minute - there's a piece of brand new play equipment, a sort of small aerial runway that you hang from with your hands, the handle has broken off. It's been that way since Winter at least. I'd estimate the part would cost maybe £5 at most, probably £80 fitted with the admin, 2 people to fit it (1 to watch) for 15 mins. But that's not even been fixed. Of course that means the whole play unit is just wasted - probably (with fitting) a couple of thousand pounds worth of equipment. When you start a project you have to consider on-going costs. It's a very basic part of project management. Indeed this sort of de minimis fix should be in the contractors remit and should certainly be fixable in < 6 months. If they can't get a simply handle fixed. What hope for managing the upkeep of a seasonal water park. pbhj
  • Score: 8

10:43pm Tue 1 Jul 14

JanJenkins says...

Newport council are closing kids playgrounds left and right,, They removed the playground on Eastfield Rd Caerleon, Closed the slide at Beechwood. Nothing wrong with the slide, used with no trouble for years, somebody just changed the the rules. without using their brains. But this is only two of many. Thousands of our pounds are paid for these felicities for our kids and grand-kids to find the council saying there's no money to repair items or update as there worn out., Funny though there' always money for stupid ideas, roads closed and businesses having to close, to some cyclists can race on Public roads, why spend thousands on a bike track, that's what's it for isn't it?
Newport council are closing kids playgrounds left and right,, They removed the playground on Eastfield Rd Caerleon, Closed the slide at Beechwood. Nothing wrong with the slide, used with no trouble for years, somebody just changed the the rules. without using their brains. But this is only two of many. Thousands of our pounds are paid for these felicities for our kids and grand-kids to find the council saying there's no money to repair items or update as there worn out., Funny though there' always money for stupid ideas, roads closed and businesses having to close, to some cyclists can race on Public roads, why spend thousands on a bike track, that's what's it for isn't it? JanJenkins
  • Score: 4

11:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mike Bates says...

KarloMarko wrote:
In my day we had the river or slung a rope over the canal. We didn't have &quot;water features" unless you count a rusty bath wedged in a tree. If anyone had asked the council for a "water feature" they would have had their head shoved right down the toilet. "There's your 'feature'...and your future!"
In my day of 40 years ago we had rivers and ropes as well. We also had Bulmore Lido and the pool at Tredegar park and had a great laugh. Newport Council are a shocking embarrassment to us all. The council needs a clear out from top to bottom. It needs real people to look at it with fresh eyes. It needs people who can balance there own budgets to balance the books.
As someone has already posted, they changed all our bins for smaller ones? How many ££££££ lost there? A train station that leaks and has been closed for weeks for repair.
Drives me potty. & now Belgium have scored.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: In my day we had the river or slung a rope over the canal. We didn't have "water features" unless you count a rusty bath wedged in a tree. If anyone had asked the council for a "water feature" they would have had their head shoved right down the toilet. "There's your 'feature'...and your future!"[/p][/quote]In my day of 40 years ago we had rivers and ropes as well. We also had Bulmore Lido and the pool at Tredegar park and had a great laugh. Newport Council are a shocking embarrassment to us all. The council needs a clear out from top to bottom. It needs real people to look at it with fresh eyes. It needs people who can balance there own budgets to balance the books. As someone has already posted, they changed all our bins for smaller ones? How many ££££££ lost there? A train station that leaks and has been closed for weeks for repair. Drives me potty. & now Belgium have scored. Mike Bates
  • Score: 8

11:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Rhino1983 says...

Get the hose pipe turn it on and run round the garden lol worked fine for me as a kid
Get the hose pipe turn it on and run round the garden lol worked fine for me as a kid Rhino1983
  • Score: 2

11:49pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Casnewydd lad says...

I was interview a few weeks back for bbc radio wales on the issue that newport council had handed over the leisure services to a not for profit organisation, wouldn't the parks come under this? Also it is only a matter of time before newport centre is pulled down I can see the cogs turning, little things like the reward card system for tumble tots not being used anymore at the newport centre but is still being used over the spytty park complex also they are not going to update the seating area in the centre either, just saying in about two years it,ll be, newport centre? What newport centre? Far enough I'd another complex will be built but I,m sure they won't find the money for it, here's an idea newport city council how about using some of this money newport has benefited/ will benefit from the Ryder cup and the NATO summit all those people spending their millions
I was interview a few weeks back for bbc radio wales on the issue that newport council had handed over the leisure services to a not for profit organisation, wouldn't the parks come under this? Also it is only a matter of time before newport centre is pulled down I can see the cogs turning, little things like the reward card system for tumble tots not being used anymore at the newport centre but is still being used over the spytty park complex also they are not going to update the seating area in the centre either, just saying in about two years it,ll be, newport centre? What newport centre? Far enough I'd another complex will be built but I,m sure they won't find the money for it, here's an idea newport city council how about using some of this money newport has benefited/ will benefit from the Ryder cup and the NATO summit all those people spending their millions Casnewydd lad
  • Score: 6

8:07am Wed 2 Jul 14

charlie, newport says...

Quarto wrote:
Tredegar Park has recently lost a lot of ground to a so called flood defence scheme, more like a flood defence scheme so that they can build on the old golf course which is THE flood plain.
I wonder what clout a private developer had to pinch that much land just to line their pockets, makes one wonder for sure.
This park is the most used park in Newport in my opinion so stop pinching off the kids, stop lining your own pockets and spend for the future of Newports kids.
Do you mean the development that was refused permission by the Council on flood risk grounds, but allowed by the Welsh Government at appeal?
[quote][p][bold]Quarto[/bold] wrote: Tredegar Park has recently lost a lot of ground to a so called flood defence scheme, more like a flood defence scheme so that they can build on the old golf course which is THE flood plain. I wonder what clout a private developer had to pinch that much land just to line their pockets, makes one wonder for sure. This park is the most used park in Newport in my opinion so stop pinching off the kids, stop lining your own pockets and spend for the future of Newports kids.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the development that was refused permission by the Council on flood risk grounds, but allowed by the Welsh Government at appeal? charlie, newport
  • Score: 2

9:42am Wed 2 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

Boggler wrote:
This is just the latest in a long line of bad decisions made about newport's parks, first there was the debacle of the new play equipment in Beechwood Park positioned in a place where there is no room, hey presto most of it's now been removed and the rest is looking tatty like the grass. Then we have the sorry state of the play equipment at the to of. Beechwood Park - 2 ancient swings, a toddler slide, monkey bars and a tyre all of it in a terrible state. Now we have the only decent bit of play equipment in Tredegar Park removed - the only outdoor water play area in the Borough. This is being done in one of the most deprived areas of Wales and area where many children don't get to experience days out at the beach. Who's making all these terrible decisions I don't know but I suspect that he councillor are being advised by officers and nodding through reports without thinking too much of the consequences - shame!
they've ripped out all equipment from shaftesbury park and took away the slide in pill's park ( for health and safety reasons! ) it's a slide for heavens sake!
[quote][p][bold]Boggler[/bold] wrote: This is just the latest in a long line of bad decisions made about newport's parks, first there was the debacle of the new play equipment in Beechwood Park positioned in a place where there is no room, hey presto most of it's now been removed and the rest is looking tatty like the grass. Then we have the sorry state of the play equipment at the to of. Beechwood Park - 2 ancient swings, a toddler slide, monkey bars and a tyre all of it in a terrible state. Now we have the only decent bit of play equipment in Tredegar Park removed - the only outdoor water play area in the Borough. This is being done in one of the most deprived areas of Wales and area where many children don't get to experience days out at the beach. Who's making all these terrible decisions I don't know but I suspect that he councillor are being advised by officers and nodding through reports without thinking too much of the consequences - shame![/p][/quote]they've ripped out all equipment from shaftesbury park and took away the slide in pill's park ( for health and safety reasons! ) it's a slide for heavens sake! inkyskin
  • Score: 6

10:55am Wed 2 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

I remember back in the day climbing up a steep steel staircase for a go on the slide down my local park. It was probably about 15 feet high but felt much bigger at the time. The only concession to health and safety was a hand rail for the last few steps and slightly raised sides.

On a hot day the surface of the slide burnt our legs and the stairs were slippery early in the morning or after rain showers but we learnt many things from that slide -how to assess risks and look after ourselves, sometimes its worth a little pain to get something you really want and sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for the rain to pass.
I remember back in the day climbing up a steep steel staircase for a go on the slide down my local park. It was probably about 15 feet high but felt much bigger at the time. The only concession to health and safety was a hand rail for the last few steps and slightly raised sides. On a hot day the surface of the slide burnt our legs and the stairs were slippery early in the morning or after rain showers but we learnt many things from that slide -how to assess risks and look after ourselves, sometimes its worth a little pain to get something you really want and sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for the rain to pass. -trigg-
  • Score: 8

4:48pm Wed 2 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

This is Council Policy for the next ten years.
If it is unsafe through wear or vandalism it will be removed to make the area safe. It will NOT be replaced at all and the area will be left clear.
They say they have no money for new amenities.
Get used to it folks. It isn't going to change anytime soon.
This is Council Policy for the next ten years. If it is unsafe through wear or vandalism it will be removed to make the area safe. It will NOT be replaced at all and the area will be left clear. They say they have no money for new amenities. Get used to it folks. It isn't going to change anytime soon. landyman3030
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Meanwhile. . .in Cwmbran, children flock daily to the Boating Lake, playing on the rides. Even after school, the park is filled with children running about outdoors and getting exercise. Contrast that scene with the bleakness of Tredegar Park. It's no wonder Torfaen doesn't relish merging with Newport!
Meanwhile. . .in Cwmbran, children flock daily to the Boating Lake, playing on the rides. Even after school, the park is filled with children running about outdoors and getting exercise. Contrast that scene with the bleakness of Tredegar Park. It's no wonder Torfaen doesn't relish merging with Newport! Paxman's Army
  • Score: 4

9:25pm Wed 2 Jul 14

cwmbranmum says...

In comparison to neighbouring authorities Newport's parks just don't measure up. The Boating Lake in Torfaen is superb, Cardiff have a number of large well maintained (valued!) children's play areas and quite often we make the effort to travel to Ynysynharad park in RCT for an afternoon out because the facilities are so good - outdoor pool and sand-based play area. Why don't our parks demonstrate the same levels of innovation and creativity? I'm sure another parks dept could have spent the initial £120k in a more productive way. Disappointing.
In comparison to neighbouring authorities Newport's parks just don't measure up. The Boating Lake in Torfaen is superb, Cardiff have a number of large well maintained (valued!) children's play areas and quite often we make the effort to travel to Ynysynharad park in RCT for an afternoon out because the facilities are so good - outdoor pool and sand-based play area. Why don't our parks demonstrate the same levels of innovation and creativity? I'm sure another parks dept could have spent the initial £120k in a more productive way. Disappointing. cwmbranmum
  • Score: 1

10:07am Thu 3 Jul 14

myopinion1988 says...

All this will result in more teens hanging around outside local shops as they have no where to go to play/hang out
All this will result in more teens hanging around outside local shops as they have no where to go to play/hang out myopinion1988
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

welshmen says...

Come on you Labour voters, what have you done to our City, you have to take the blame for continually voting the non-futuristic Labour Party into power, your Labour Council have Not got the money to put right the pool at Tredegar Park because they have to put by £millions to fund transit homes for non paying council tax travellers, who when embedded will help them selves to their usual pickings off the elderly and the inexperienced house owner on building regulations, notwithstanding all the free-be's, schooling NHS, dentists, Doctors, tell me Labour voters, what do travellers bring or do to make our City a better place or how life will improve for our local residents, answers on the back of a stamp....

Retiling etc the pool for £200,000 is way over the top, sounds like mates of mates rates, nudge nudge....Patch and mend is the way when no proper money is available, a big disappointment for the kids this summer holidays....perhaps these kids when of age wont vote as their stupid dads have....
Come on you Labour voters, what have you done to our City, you have to take the blame for continually voting the non-futuristic Labour Party into power, your Labour Council have Not got the money to put right the pool at Tredegar Park because they have to put by £millions to fund transit homes for non paying council tax travellers, who when embedded will help them selves to their usual pickings off the elderly and the inexperienced house owner on building regulations, notwithstanding all the free-be's, schooling NHS, dentists, Doctors, tell me Labour voters, what do travellers bring or do to make our City a better place or how life will improve for our local residents, answers on the back of a stamp.... Retiling etc the pool for £200,000 is way over the top, sounds like mates of mates rates, nudge nudge....Patch and mend is the way when no proper money is available, a big disappointment for the kids this summer holidays....perhaps these kids when of age wont vote as their stupid dads have.... welshmen
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

russ angel says...

The multi purpose play area with the football is ace,shame that the rest of the park has gone so downhill.Shoddy,badl
y planned and maintained,like the rest of Newport.I actually used to laugh,now I just accept it and expect nothing more.
The multi purpose play area with the football is ace,shame that the rest of the park has gone so downhill.Shoddy,badl y planned and maintained,like the rest of Newport.I actually used to laugh,now I just accept it and expect nothing more. russ angel
  • Score: 1

12:53am Fri 4 Jul 14

spoonee21 says...

So sad for the children . Can you remember the sweet summers of your childhood Newport councillors, before you became penny pinching beaurocrats . Please change your minds !
So sad for the children . Can you remember the sweet summers of your childhood Newport councillors, before you became penny pinching beaurocrats . Please change your minds ! spoonee21
  • Score: 3

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