When the Vale of Glamorgan Council meets this evening in Barry it is to be presented with a 11,000 signature petition against its plans to install commercial attractions including a cable-operated wake-boarding facility at Cosmeston Country Park.
The petition will be formally submitted to the council by Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)
The protest petition has been organised by environmentalist and Plaid Cymru candidate Anne Greagsby who is to stand for election to the Vale Council in May 2017 for the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth.
She organised the on-line petition and also collected signatures in the streets of Penarth to support the campaign. The petition is accompanied by her letter which says:-
“When seeking signatures for the Petition on-street, I have found overwhelming support from local people, who value the peace and tranquility of Cosmeston Lakes nature park. Thousands of people further afield have signed the on-line Petition, rejecting the idea that the birds living by the lake will be little disturbed by wake-boarding.”
The letter goes on to say that “Not only would the noise from wakeboards hitting the water and from the PA system destroy the lake’s peace and tranquility. but also the massive tower-supports and cables would be rupture the rural ambience. Noise would be worse during competitive events. The Council claim of environment-friendly is false, when such noisy water activity will scare off many if not all the visiting and resident birds, including ones who nested around the lake. “
Ms Greagsby says “The lakes and adjacent land are a designated site of special scientific interest. supporting a resident population of up to 60 Mute Swans. some of which nest, occasionally a similar number of Canada Geese, 100’s of Gulls and Coot, and other wildfowl from autumn through to spring. Migrating birds such as Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting nest in the reed bed which no doubt would be disturbed by the wash from wake-boarding. As the petition states, we do not want to see Cosmeston turned into a noisy pleasure park. Cosmeston is a success story and loved by the community.”
“Please scrap the whole idea of wake-boarding in Cosmeston’s lakes. “
PDN sources say the whole idea of wake-boarding and other commercial franchises at Cosmeston Country Park was dreamed up by the five people who actually run the council – the so-called ‘cabinet’ – with little or no reference to the rest of the 47 elected members of the council.
The Vale council meets at Barry tonight at 18:00.