Communities still have time to take over the running of the last remaining parks and playgrounds in Carmarthenshire.
More than 80 per cent of park and playground facilities have already been transferred or nearing completion under Carmarthenshire County Council’s asset transfer programme.
Two years ago the council’s executive board agreed a package to offer community councils or groups the opportunity to take over the running of facilities in their areas.
Drop in sessions have been arranged for people wishing to express an interest in taking over management of the remaining facilities with a final transfer deadline of March 31, 2018. The first is at the Aman Centre on Tuesday, October 3, Carmarthen Education Centre on Wednesday, October 4 and at Llanelli Library on Thursday, October 5 between 3 and 7pm.
The county council will make a one-off contribution to future maintenance based on one years’ maintenance costs.
In addition, funding of up to £10,000 per organisation is available to improve facilities, or to be used as match funding for grants.
The council’s executive board member responsible for asset transfers, Cllr David Jenkins said: “To date the transfers have proved very successful with a number of them improved as a result. We have just over five months to transfer the remaining few so if anyone is considering expressing an interest then go along to one of the drop in sessions where there will be officers on hand to give you all the information and advice you need.
Unfortunately the bottom line is we cannot afford to maintain them and without the transfers they will cease to be maintained.”
The remaining available parks and playgrounds are: