CONSULT THE PUBLIC NOW ON COMMERCIALISATION OF COSMESTON – SAYS CLLR

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth ward) was on the committee that originally created Cosmeston Country Park. He's now warning about the lack of public consultation about the Labour-run Vale Council's bid install commercial attractions to generate revenue at the quiet and tranquil nature park

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) was on the committee that originally created Cosmeston Country Park. He’s now warning about the lack of public consultation by the Labour-run Vale Council on its proposals to install commercial attractions to generate revenue in the quiet and tranquil nature park

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is calling for a public consultation to be carried out now on plans by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council to franchise-out money-making commercial enterprises  at Cosmeston Country Park.

Cllr Williams says “As the Vale of Glamorgan ward councillor for the wonderful Vale  treasure known as Cosmeston Country Park,  I urge the Labour Vale council to act at this early stage to get the public’s opinion on seeking ,future venues  – or to leave the park as it is –  before the council and prospective companies waste their time and money.”

Thousands come to Cosmeston Country Park every year to enjoy its tranqulity and its natural unspoiled ambience

Thousands come to Cosmeston Country Park every year to enjoy its tranquility and its natural unspoiled ambience

Cllr Williams – as a former chair of the Vale’s audit committee – says he realises the council’s tight financial position,  but says it “seems absurd to go through a total process [of inviting bids from potential contractors]  – and then and only afterwards ask the public for their views.”

He does not want the council to benefit financially if such schemes would be at a “cost to the general public.” 

The original Cosmeston Blue Circle cement works in 1926

The original Blue Circle cement works at Cosmeston in 1926. When it closed in 1970 the site became derelict but was redeveloped and opened to the public as a country park in 1976.

Cllr Williams remembers as a boy playing at Cosmeston when “it was the old cement works” , and later recalls – as a councillor –  serving on the committee on the original development of Cosmeston Country Park chaired by Margaret Box (wife of the late Cardiff MP Donald Box) . It was she, he says, who had the original vision for the creation of the Country Park .

Zip-wire rides - like these - are amongst the attractions being considered for Cosmeston

Zip-wire rides – like these – are amongst the attractions being considered for Cosmeston

Cllr Williams – who received an MBE in recognition of his long public service – says that many of the Vale Council’s proposals for the new revenue-generating attractions at Cosmeston Country park will involve “physical additions, whilst others will appeal to a very select audience –  to the detriment of others”.

He says I may be completely wrong  – and the public may welcome these future attractions –  but now is the time for consultation on the use of park, –  not to be consulted later,  on semi-approved schemes.”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council claims it is  “committed” to preserving the special nature of Cosmeston Country Park but says it recognises  “the need to diversify its appeal in order to ensure long-term sustainability”.

Two new features currently being considered for Cosmeston will require local authority planning approval . On consultation, the Vale Council makes no promises and says only that  the public will be able to share their views on these once planning applications have been submitted.”

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10 Responses to CONSULT THE PUBLIC NOW ON COMMERCIALISATION OF COSMESTON – SAYS CLLR

  1. fishhenge says:

    I hear a 4×4 off road rriving course around the lakes has been mooted.

  2. Johnabutt says:

    Commercialisation and wildlife do not mix, like chalk and cheese. The Vale can make all the promises they like, when this happens the wildlife will leave and not return.

  3. Pauline Godfrey says:

    Cosmeston Country Park is a beautiful tranquil amenity enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages all year round. When walking there last Sunday there were many children enjoying various activities with their parents even though the weather wasn’t great. It would be a travesty to ruin this wonderful park and turn it into a theme park with the ensuing noise and disruption not to mention parking problems which can occur in the summertime as it is.

  4. AlyP says:

    The park is lovely but it is also big enough to accommodate some additions as long as they are in keeping, Adventure styled themes such as a zip wire, cable cars or a land train would be great ideas however an off road rally/BMX route (IMO) would not. The councillor is right, the public should be consulted ‘BEFORE’ the VOGC make any decisions.

  5. Frank Evans says:

    You just have to look at but park to see what can happen. First a grass car park. Then tarmac. Now a national express bus station. What next a 20 screen multiplex.

  6. Peter Petherick says:

    There are somethings that should be left alone …..Cosmeston is one of them.

  7. Michael Garland says:

    Picture shown is now the lower part of the Lavernock Park estate. The U shaped building being the Cement works offices now the Schooner Inn situated on Lavernock Road.
    The Golf Couse is in the foreground. Cosmeston Park would be to the right side of this.

  8. penarthblog says:

    I wouldn’t say no to some suggestions, but Cosmeston for me is a place of quiet meditation, where no matter what time of the day or time of the year, it’s possible to find an appreciation of things that really matter.

  9. Colin says:

    Plenty of room accross the road for a multplex, supermarket, next to Lavernock Manors. Great road access too.

  10. fishhenge says:

    How about swimming? There’s plenty of water there.

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