The controversial scheme to install a commercial wake-boarding circuit on the largest lake in Cosmeston Country Park may be dead in the water.
The wakeboarding scheme is a left-over legacy the previous Labour administration and of its main proponent, the former Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour Stanwell).
However after the Labour administration in the Vale lost its control of the council on May 4th, Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) “called-in” the planning application for the scheme for consideration and examination by the full planning committee – thus preventing the scheme being decided by just a Vale staff planning officer on a “delegated” basis.
Cllr Mahoney has also now contacted Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Conservatives on the Vale Council – whose administration has now taken over from Labour. Cllr Mahoney asked Cllr Thomas for “a reconsideration of the whole plan”.
Cllr Mahoney said in his letter to Cllr Thomas “any such proposals need to be in keeping with the overall tranquility and concept of the country park. In this instance wake boarding on the main lake which must damage the nesting and breeding patterns of the wildfowl as well as wrecking the peaceful nature of the surrounding area cannot be considered in the same manner as other successful wake boarding centres around the UK.”
Now it’s been confirmed that Cllr Thomas has put the wakeboarding scheme “on hold” until a full presentation is made to the Conservative-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet.