Jenner Park Barry

A major makeover costing more than £350,000 of Jenner Park in Barry, South Wales is being planned which will ultimately result in the installation of a synthetic pitch.

A feasibility study has been ordered into the proposal by the Vale of Glamorgan council leaders. There will also be consultation with local schools and sporting clubs to get feedback for the idea.

The aim is to increase the time that the ground is in a state where it is fit for use. At the moment the grass pitch is often deemed unplayable. By increasing the frequency with which it can be used the field would become a more valuable resource for the town by providing a greater opportunity for providing a venue for sporting events to be held.

In the report Councillor Gwyn John, cabinet member for sports development, says: “One of the ways of increasing the use of the stadium and providing a much larger playing window is to change from grass to a synthetic playing surface.

“Research indicates that grass pitches which have been converted to a synthetic surface provide greater opportunities for consistent use and can be accessed in all weathers.

“The income generated by these facilities at other locations is proven to offset initial capital costs as well as long-term maintenance.”

It has been estimated that the cost of the pitch will be between £349,600 and £358,900.