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Discussions underway over future of Ogmore Vale Playing Fields and Sports Pavilion

The future of a much-loved sports pavilion is being discussed after it was closed over health and safety concerns.

The playing fields and pavilion in Ogmore Vale is now the subject of a community asset transfer (CAT) which will see its ownership transferred from Bridgend County Borough Council to Ogmore Vale RFC in the near future

Bridgend County Borough Council are currently working with Ogmore Vale RFC to finalise a five-year financial forecast and funding application under the CAT Fund to replace the existing pavilion which has been deemed structurally unsound.

While discussions continue, the rugby club have made temporary arrangements that will allow changing facilities at other Council facilities such as Aberfields (the Planka) and Lewistown Playing Fields to be used and games played at Ogmore Vale as their season gets underway next weekend.

The Club also has an option to install temporary toilet facilities at Ogmore Vale Playing Fields until a permanent solution can be progressed.

We hope that the community asset transfer of the Ogmore Vale Sports Pavilion will help keep a much-loved community facility open for future generations and extend Ogmore Vale RFC’s proud legacy and history in the valley.

The CAT programme is helping to preserve valuable facilities for our communities. As of the end of October 2020, sports clubs and town and community councils had expressed an interest in self-managing 53 outdoor sports facilities and park pavilions across the county borough.

Thanks to those who are working with the council as we seek to ensure the management of outdoors sports facilities is sustainable in the long term and I would encourage any clubs who are thinking of getting involved in the CAT programme to get in touch with us.

Councillor Stuart Baldwin, Cabinet Member for Communities

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