KIDWELLY Town Council has won one of the One Voice Wales Innovative Practice National Awards 2020 for the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Transfer Initiative.
The Town Council acquired ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process.
KTC identified some Section 106 funding available through CCC and held a public consultation on March 18th 2019 to discuss the potential future and improvements to the park.
The meeting agreed to add to the existing play furniture to increase Accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children.
As a result of the meeting a number of parents came together to form the Parc Stephens Inclusive and Accessible Play Project. (PSIAPP). A formal constituted group, members also include Councillors, Mencap, CAVS, PTA, Head of local school for Special Needs Children and a CO- Op Pioneer Project representative.
They successfully acquired funding to purchase further suitable accessible equipment for the play area. The CO- Op Pioneer representative Anne Gilley successfully applied for funding to Boom Cymru (A Welsh version of DIY. SOS). The concept of creating a Sensory Garden for people of all ages and capabilities was born and local businesses and community members turned out in force and donated materials and labour to create the garden in a weekend in June 2019.
This event was broadcast on S4C in the autumn 2019. The financial, technical and design aspects of the projects were supported by the staff of KTC.
Currently the garden and play area is well used locally and in some instances, evidence suggests some users are travelling up to forty miles to access the facilities at Parc Stephens.
Swanton one of the largest care providers in the country are looking to replicate the project on a smaller scale in each of their care homes.
The CO-OP is promoting this project as a case study to show that their investment in communities is making a difference. KTC is working with its community partners to promote the use of Parc Stephens as a community space. The project has created a foundation which Council and community alike can build on for future joint projects in the Kidwelly area.