Llanelli school given £500,000 funding boost to transform its playground
A LLANELLI school has been boosted by almost £500,000 funding which will help transform its playground and create an outdoor educational area.
Welsh Water is investing the massive sum in a surface water removal scheme at Stebonheath School, which will also include green areas, a pond and planters.
Headteacher, Julian Littler said: "I am really looking forward to the scheme and the benefits it will bring not only to the school, but to the community.
"To be able to help reduce the amount of water running into the drainage systems in the locality and avoid possible sewer flooding by developing the school grounds — and be the first school in the UK to do so — gives me an enormous amount of pride."
The school children have been heavily involved in the design of the makeover — which will be carried out during the summer holidays — and participated in a workshop with the engineers where they input into how the playground should look.
The pupils also learnt all about how Welsh Water is planning on tackling the problems of surface water following a day of assemblies and workshops at the end of June with Mary Watkins, Welsh Water's full time teacher.
The Marble Hall Road school currently generates 10,000m3 of storm water annually — enough to fill four Olympic sized swimming pools.
The transformed playground will help to remove 3,000m3 from the sewer network — equivalent to 6 million bottles of drinking water — transferring it into a natural water cycle through the new plants and trees.
Welsh Water Managing Director, Nigel Annett said: "The scheme at Stebonheath School is a sustainable, future proof system that will help to significantly reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the local area.
"We are delighted to have Stebonheath School on board. The school will be the first in the UK to have a surface water removal scheme retrofitted into the school grounds.
"The school will no doubt become a flagship school that other schools and local authorities can learn from."
Carmarthenshire Council Executive Board Member for Technical Services, Councillor Colin Evans, added that the authority is very pleased to be working with Welsh Water to deliver the scheme.