Play scheme to continue despite dwindling figures


Emily Davies

A THREATENED play scheme in Chirk will continue.
Members of Chirk Town Council agreed to host the Chirk Play Scheme over the coming year despite previous events having low attendance figures.
Previously, Councillor Newman James said he did not feel the initiative was “value for money” after the local authority was informed an average of just nine children attended the last 17 sessions at a cost of £4,500 per year.
However, following a meeting between town council representatives and officers from Wrexham County Borough Council, it has been agreed that the unitary authority’s Play Development Team will visit play areas in Lodgevale Park on a Monday, Chapel Lane on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Longfields on Thursday and Fridays during the school holidays
Clerk to the council, Sam Hughes, said: “We met with officers from Wrexham County Borough Council and brought up the issues.
“With regard to moving the sites and the new programme they have agreed to visit Lodgevale Park, Chapel Lane and Longfields. They did want to take it up at Brynkinalt, but we felt with it not being central we thought it was best to keep it in this area.”
He also said both councils will be monitoring the scheme during the year.
The meeting was also informed that the WCBC team will also be visiting schools and providing posters to promote the scheme after town councillors said it was not advertised well enough.
Chairman of the council, Cllr Frank Hemmings, said: “There are some suggestions that we buy a big banner for one of the fences. We probably could get one for less than £100.”
Members agreed to looking to alternative ways of publicising the event and welcomed the news that it will be advertised in schools.

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