The now-Conservative controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council has finally sunk the controversial Cosmeston wakeboarding scheme which had been floated-out by the previous Labour administration.
A leading advocate of the scheme was former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cllr Lis Burnett (formerly Labour St Augustines and now Labour Stanwell). [Cllr Burnett was also behind the disastrous Penarth Head Viewing Platform scheme, the unpopular (and now scrapped) skateboard park planned for Paget Road playground and the yet-to-be-decided proposals to redevelop the site of St Paul’s Church into 14 social housing apartments.]
However, after the Labour administration in the Vale lost its control of the council on May 4th 2017 , Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) “called-in” the planning application for the wakeboarding 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 as had been originally intended.
Cllr Mahoney also contacted Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Conservatives on the Vale Council when the new administration took over from Labour and asked for “a reconsideration of the whole plan”.
Cllr John Thomas, the Conservative Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council stepped in to freeze the wakeboarding planning application and initiated an immediate “review” of the scheme .
Cllr Thomas said today “It was always my intention to review this proposal which I was never convinced was suitable for Cosmeston. There is an obvious need to safeguard the future of the Vale’s country parks through introducing appropriate new attractions and suitable commercial activities, but these must be just that – appropriate and suitable.”
“We have an equally important responsibility to safeguard the park’s natural environment and after speaking with residents and consulting with the local elected members I remained far from convinced that wakeboarding was appropriate for Cosmeston. Ultimately the park belongs to the public that use it and it is their views that have prompted me to take the decision that the scheme should not progress.”
Today the scheme was officially axed .
The Vale Council says “While there remains a planning application in progress for the scheme, the Council as landowner at Cosmeston will not now be permitting any new facility to be built.”
Local Andrew R.T. Davies (Conservative South Wales Central which includes Penarth) has today welcomed the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s decision to cancel the wakeboarding scheme at Cosmeston Country Park.
Mr Davies described today’s Vale Council decision as “a victory for common sense”. He said “The plans for the wakeboarding facility at Cosmeston were inappropriate – and it is clear local people did not want them. I was approached by several constituents calling for them to be scrapped – and it would have been absurd to press ahead with them.”
Mr Davies concluded “I’m pleased that common sense has won out and the scheme will not go ahead – which I know will be welcomed by people across the local area.”