Well over 9,000 people have now signed an on-line petition opposing the installation of a multiple-mast wake-board towing system in one of the two lakes at Cosmeston Country Park.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council wants to franchise-out the development of a commercial wakeboarding centre at Cosmeston Country Park as a money-making enterprise for the council.
The system would enable several wakeboarders at a time be towed around part of the lake by a series of travelling ropes, suspended at intervals from an endless cable-system supported on multiple masts driven into the bed of the lake. The wakeboarders would be expected to pay about £25 per session.
The petition has been set up by environmentalist and Plaid Cymru Vale Council candidate for St Augustine’s, Anne Greagsby who is a Penarth resident.
It can be signed by going to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/955/326/341/dont-bring-wakeboarding-to-cosmeston-lakes/
Environmentalists say the proposed new visitor attraction would shatter the peace and quiet of the park and would imperil local wildlife. The Vale Council says it needs the money such a scheme would bring-in to help meet the running costs of managing Cosmeston Country Park.