Penarth Town Councillors have been told they cannot consider another money-making Vale Council scheme for Cosmeston Country Park – the hosting of wedding ceremonies at the Cosmeston Mediaeval Village.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council itself had sent Penarth Council details of a planning application it had submitted to itself for the proposed “change of use” of two barn buildings – the Tithe Barn and the Reeve’s barn at Cosmeston Mediaeval Village – so that “civil marriages and wedding events” can be held in them .
The Vale Council had invited Penarth Town Council’s planning committee to make its observations on the scheme. However when the matter came up for discussion, councillors couldn’t agree whether the Cosmeston Medieval Village was actually within Penarth’s borders or not
Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward ) – asked “Is the village actually in Sully?”
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) asserted it was “in Sully ” and Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell – in the chair) added “I think it’s in Sully” and went on to explain that parts of Cosmeston Country Park did fall within Penarth – but, adamantly, the mediaeval village itself did not .
Cllr Gwyn Roberts said “ We’ve had a debate like this before. It’s not in our area. We should not consider matters outside our boundaries “ [ PDN Note : On October 22nd Cllr Roberts and Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) had moved Labour-party motion gagging Penarth Town Councillors in order to prevent them from expressing an opinion on the controversial Taylor Wimpey housing development in Sully. Such a discussion – had it taken place – could have embarrassed the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council on which they both serve as salaried “twin-hatted” members].
Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said he understood that the total of Cosmeston County Park was in the Plymouth Ward of Penarth – but Cllr Gwyn Roberts refuted this, saying that “the medieval village is not in our area. It is in Sully”.
Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said he was not so sure “Sully Brook – the little brook is actually the boundary and then the Mile Road is the ward-boundary”.
Cllr Gwyn Roberts didn’t agree with Cllr Ernest. He said “I think there’s a small part of Cosmeston – the northern or western part of Cosmeston falls in your area [i.e. the Plymouth Ward of Penarth ] but the vast bulk of that park is in Sully . The medieval village is outside our boundary”
Further disputation continued until the Town Clerk Emma Boyden proclaimed “We’ll get the map.”
Cllr Turner did not rally to the support of his two Conservative colleagues and said only “It would be useful to clarify before we discuss the use of Cosmeston Park and before councillors have an opportunity to comment on it “
Whilst the large-scale Penarth map was being retrieved from upstairs offices, councillors discussed other business and then – when the map arrived in the council chamber – studied it intently.
The Town Clerk said “It’s outside“ [ i.e. the Cosmeston Mediaeval Village is outside the Penarth boundary]
Cllr Neil Thomas told Cllrs Ernest and Williams “You’re quite right about the boundary going around the lane – but it goes along that road and outside the village – outwith our boundary”
Cllr Ernest asked why, in that case, had the Vale Council invited Penarth Council to comment on the scheme?
Cllr Thomas said the Vale Council had simply made a mistake . It should not have asked the Penarth Council to comment. As chairman he ruled that Penarth Council’s response to the Vale would be to say only that “This is outside our boundary and not say anything else “.
Cllr Roberts did not say anything further but – buffing his fingernails on his lapel – he looked extremely satisfied with the outcome.