TALKS on ideas to improve a park closed due to pollution could be held, though a council has warned there is no money to carry them out.

The park, developed on a former landfill site, was closed earlier this year to address pollution problems associated with the four million tonnes of rubbish buried at the site before the park was created.

Councillor Jennifer Burke-Davies, who is Cardiff council's cabinet member responsible, said she is willing to meet with local ward members to discuss the future of Grangemoor Park.

When the council announced its closure in January it was intended the park, in the city's Grangetown district, would reopen in June but instead it announced, last month, the park would remain closed for the rest of the year as work is still ongoing.

The work, which involves heavy machinery and the renewal of leachate and methane gas equipment, will allow for the waste by-products to be collected, managed and removed from the site. 

Environmental inspectors from Natural Resources Wales previously found that Cardiff council workers, who were responsible for managing the landfill, were unaware of the purpose of the collection system. That meant an underground pipe was allowed to discharge pollution into the river Ely and Cardiff Bay since at least 2017.

Ward member for Grangetown, Councillor Sara Robinson, raised the issue of the park's future at a council meeting this week.

The Labour councillor asked Cllr Burke-Davies if she could commit to a consultation exercise to look at what facilities Grangetown residents would like to see at the park when it is reopened.

“This vital green space is much loved and valued by residents, particularly given the proportion of housing in the ward without access to gardens,” said Cllr Robinson.

“Access to Grangemoor Park was a mental health saviour for many during lockdown and the community is understandably keen to see the park restored to its former glory.

“Unfortunately, facilities at the park are tired and in dire need of a refresh, partly because how people use the space has evolved over the years. For example, barbecues and family picnics are popular but they can cause issues for wildlife and grassland when appropriate stands and tables aren’t provided.”

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Labour cabinet member Cllr Burke-Davies said she is willing to meet with local ward members to discuss overall site provision and future funding opportunities for Grangemoor.

But she warned: “There is no funding available currently for new facilities; however, I would be more than happy to meet with local ward members to discuss the potential for consultation, overall site provision and management and, indeed, funding opportunities for improvements to be made to Grangemoor Park.”

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