Long awaited plans for Llanelli’s most deprived area to get its first ever children’s playground took a step closer to becoming reality with work on site beginning this week.
The project on land off Ann Street in Tyisha will feature brand new play equipment for young people in the ward as well as its very own dog walking area for local pet owners. The investment, costing £100k+ comes thanks to a three year campaign led by Tyisha Labour County Councillors Suzy Curry and Andre McPherson.
Having obtained the necessary planning permission and funding, the scheme was due to start earlier this year only to be delayed by the Coronavirus outbreak. However, it is now expected to proceed with the opening of the new facility taking place in the few months.
Attending the turf cutting ceremony on Monday, 27th July 2020, Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, welcomed progress at the new park:
“When I first met local dog owners, we were just planning a modest dog-walking area. But then when Suzy and Andre were elected as councillors in 2017, they said let’s think big and make it a priority to bring new community facilities to Tyisha for local families and youngsters. Now, after three years and with the help and support of residents, it is fantastic to see construction begin on site.”
Cllr Suzy Curry said, “I am sure that the new playground and dog walking area will be a magnificent addition to life in Tyisha. It will be very much appreciated by local children and their families who have waited for so long to have such a facility that they can call their own. It goes to show what can be achieved when a community pulls together with the aim of making their area a better place to live.”
Cllr Andre McPherson said, “This is an exciting opportunity for the people of Tyisha to have a place to meet and socialise as well for children to have somewhere to play. Thank you to the residents of Tyisha for your support in getting this off the ground. I look forward to seeing it used on a day-to-day basis.”