South East Wales

Cwmbran Stadium: Licence returned after £5k track work

Cwmbran stadium
Image caption Cwmbran Stadium is able to host athletics competition once again

An athletics stadium whose licence was suspended because of its poor condition has had it reinstated after £5,000 worth of repairs to the track.

UK Athletics took the action against Cwmbran Stadium in Torfaen in February following an inspection of the ground.

The local authority said there had been minor repairs to the track surface.

Iain Jones, chairman of Cwmbran Harriers, which has 130 athletes, said the work had helped secure competitions the club might have lost.

The licence was reinstated after a second inspection by UK Athletics in May.

Iain Jones said: "There was a little confusion when the licence was withdrawn by the governing body which caused a lot of concern at the club.

"Athletes and parents thought losing the licence meant training would stop and they were understandably worried.

'Competitive events'

"The club have worked hand-in-hand with the council to get this resolved and due to the quick turnaround we've even managed to secure some competitive events we may have otherwise lost.

"Everyone in the club is chuffed to bits and it will give our athletes a boost ahead of the Welsh Championships this month."

Torfaen council deputy leader Coun Lewis Jones said: "I'm thrilled that our local athletes are able to compete in events on their own track and I would like to congratulate everyone involved for making this happen."

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