The Coychurch playing field was purchased by the then Pen Y Bont Borough Council to be held for use by local residents and others from neighbouring communities. The land was later earmarked as a possible site of a Welsh School but surveys indicated that it was not suitable for building on.
The playing field has a history involving various sports including cricket and football. In recent years the Pavilion has been closed as major renovation work is required.
Following a public consultation with residents in 2021 and discussions as to the use of the space and its value to the community, it was decided that the Community Council would apply for a community asset transfer (CAT) of the field and the pavilion. This is on-going. The first step was to complete a business plan, obtain expressions of interest in using the field and the pavilion and to develop a cohesive plan for the development of a green space accessible to and usable by all ages and abilities. This Business Plan was submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council's CAT Steering Group and gained in principle support.
A more detailed addition to the proposal is now being prepared with costs for demolishing the old pavilion and replacing it with a new building. Bridgend County Borough Council's Local Places for Nature team has engaged a landscape architect to put together a proposed layout / ground plan for the field which includes a variety of natural habitats, native trees, fruit trees and wildflower planting, walkways, artwork and display boards. Bridgend County Borough Council's Accessibility team are looking at how to revamp the entrances.
The next step is a public consultation regarding the overall plan and the pavilion so that the community council and Bridgend County Borough Council can be confident that this is what the residents of Coychurch Lower want for the field. This will happen in January 2024.