RESIDENT’S GIFT MEANS A NEW PLAY AREA FOR
Children using Newport’s Beechwood Park can now enjoy a fantastic new play area thanks to the generous actions of a local resident
A new play area was officially opened on Saturday 21 November by Councillor Deb Davies, Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for StreetScene.
This new facility was donated to the council by Howard Barnes, 57, who won it as a prize
in a national competition run by Britvic soft drinks.
The prize included the supply and installation of a new play area in Newport up to the value of £45,000.
Mr Barnes said he was delighted with the facility as it is somewhere for his grandsons, Sam, seven and Oliver, three to go.
He said: “Entering the competition, you don’t think you will ever win,
but I thought wouldn’t this be a fantastic thing for Beechwood Park. I was really pleased and a bit shell shocked when I got the phone call. It’s just great to see it all progressing.”
On opening the play area, Councillor Davies commented:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community minded benefactor for donating this excellent prize provided by Britvic soft drinks.
“It was the wishes of the prize winner that this wonderful gift was specifically provided for the young people who visit Beechwood Park, replacing the old top playground facility which was in need of replacement.
“This is a great example of how the council can work in partnership with an externally funded project to preserve our parks and green spaces for both the current and future generations”.
Residents and young people within the Beechwood and Alway wards were invited to come along and see the new playground design and speak to the council’s Parks Department Officers about this new opportunity prior to the installation works taking place.
The play area for children (aged two to nine) features a climbing unit, slide, playhouse tower, roundabout and swings.
NEWPORT’S RECYCLING METHODS WORK
Councils across the UK collect waste and recycling in many different ways. There are a number of reasons why Newport City Council uses kerbside sorting for recycling.
These include: • The quality of collected material is better – the income from the sale of recyclables is an important source of revenue, covering around half the cost of the kerbside collection service.
• It is a cheaper method than sorting at the depot – the nature of kerbside sort means that a small decrease in productivity can have a significant impact on costs.
• This method is the preferred method by Welsh Government who is asking other Welsh local authorities to consider switching their collection systems to the kerbside system used by Newport.
The annual cost per household for councils to run food and dry recycling varies between authorities. Newport City Council has the lowest cost of £23 per household – a considerably lower cost to other Welsh authorities – the highest being £118 household.
A REMINDER OF THE MAYOR’S CHARITIES
The Mayor of Newport, Councillor Herbie Thomas has been working hard raising funds for his nominated charities during his term in office.
The chosen charities are Diabetes UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Madzimai Pamwe – Zimbabwe Wales Women’s Partnership – as his charities during his term in office.
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Alzheimer’s Research UK is dedicated to funding pioneering research into the diseases that cause dementia and Diabetes UK cares for, connects with and campaigns for people affected by, or at risk of, the condition.
Madzimai Pamwe is a Newport-based community group who work with people across Wales to raise awareness and promote community cohesion
as well as supporting vulnerable women in Zimbabwe.
Since May 2015 the Mayor has attended events including charity dinners and the annual duck race. He has been given many generous donations.
The total amount raised will be announced at the end of Cllr Thomas’s time as mayor.
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