New park artificial pitches to go ahead

9 October 2016

A run-down part of The Marl park will soon be getting new 3G artificial football pitches after plans were agreed.

Cardiff Council has been given Welsh Government loan funding to revamp old football kickabout and tennis courts into new facilities.

The corner of The Marl, close to Channel View Road, is currently an old, disused hardcourt and kickabout area. But it has been encouraging anti-social behaviour, including drug use.

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The conifers at the back of the court are seen as a “challenge” and would have to be removed first.

As part of the agreement, the pitches and floodlights will not be used after 9pm and the eight lights will be designed so they do not affect residents living nearby. However, for the project to go ahead, it will need the removal of 55 conifer trees at the back of the court – which are at the moment hiding youth annoyance on the courts but also provide some screening for residents.

Councillors were told the 10m-high trees “have grown significantly and will cause future problems in terms of root penetrations and debris contamination.”

Eight more trees will be planted nearby and there will be a 4m-high mesh fence to replace the current vandalised fence around the courts.

No other green-leaf trees will be affected. No objections were received from residents.

Officials are hoping the new pitches will provide much more modern facilities – and also with better use, will also improve security. Similar ones will be offered to Trelai Park in Ely, while they are also currently being installed in Pentwyn.

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