Demolition work begins at old Ystrad Mynach Hospital
Demolition work has begun at the former Ystrad Mynach Hospital site to make way for a new £6 million sports centre.
The centre, which was announced by the then Plaid-controlled council in January this year, will have state-of-the-art all-weather rugby and football pitches, grandstands and floodlights as well as parking for 200 cars. There will also be a gym, changing rooms, sports classrooms and conferencing facilities.
It is hoped the new centre, which the council wants open by 2013, will be used by local sports teams, Ystrad Mynach College and professional sports organisations.
The ambitious proposals by Caerphilly County Borough Council have the backing of the WRU, Newport Gwent Dragon, Cardiff City FC, the Welsh Football Trust.
Wales international Leigh Halfpenny joined representatives from Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff City Football Club joined Caerphilly Council leader Harry Andrews recently to mark this special occasion.
Cllr Andrews said: “It’s great to see demolition work start on the site and we now look forward to the development taking shape.
“This new sporting complex will be of national significance and will benefit sports development at all levels. The state of the art facilities will complement the fantastic new hospital that sits directly opposite and is yet another example of the successful regeneration that is taking place across the whole area.”
WRU Head of Rugby Joe Lydon said: “We applaud Caerphilly Council’s proactive initiative in creating this facility which will greatly enhance the development of elite sports men and women in the area, which will be of great benefit to the local community, the Dragons region, and to Wales.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr