The Vale of Glamorgan Council has shelved its controversial proposal build permanent gipsy and traveller camp immediately behind a row of several houses in Hayes Road between Sully and Barry .
The scheme would have cost £2,300,000 and would have taken over an open green field which was previously designated for conventional bricks and mortar housing
Commenting on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s decision to reject a proposal for a gypsy and traveller site on Hayes Road, Andrew RT Davies (Conservative AM for South Wales Central) says “I am very pleased that the Vale of Glamorgan Council has listened to residents and rejected the proposal for a gypsy and traveller site on Hayes Road.”
Mr Davies says “The proposals for the site were wholly unsuitable with the Council previously including it for residential development “
Currently the gipsies and travellers are illegally camped at the old recycling depot near Sully – and say they don’t want to move from where they are.
Meanwhile Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) is making another formal request to the managing director of the Vale of Glamogan Council for an independent external inquiry to be carried out into “the actions of the Vale of Glamorgan Planning and Housing departments in regards to the continuing fiasco over almost seven years of flawed provision of a permanent Gypsy and Traveller site in the Vale of Glamorgan.”
He says the terms of reference for an external enquiry should looking into
- Three separate supposedly exhaustively investigated lists of sites have now been thrown out as unsuitable including the final recommendations of each, and now presumably we are see a fourth exhaustively researched site list complied. Who exactly compiled these site research lists and what action has been taken over their continued rejection and reassessments?
- The inexplicable situation where sites that have already been ruled out as unsuitable reinstated at the stroke of a pen. In the case of the former Amenity site in Hayes Rd Sully of course this amounted to a line being put through the assessment conclusion that previously read ‘ This site is not suitable for a Gypsy and Traveller site’ before miraculously being placed at the head of a second exhaustively researched site list without the missing last assessment line.
- The fact that the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Department pursued a site ( Hayes Rd ) for almost 5 years despite it failing and being thrown out on the spot by Mr Jenkins, Welsh assembly planning inspector, on the first very basic premise that part of the site plus approach roads were located in a C2 flood zone and had been pointed out over and over by myself and others. Cllr Mahoney says “As Mr Jenkins commented at the public Inquiry ‘How on earth did this site plan ever get off the drawing board?’
- How has the Vale of Glamorgan Council repeatedly submitted flawed, inaccurate – and frankly guessed – GTAA statements despite its own written admissions that it has been unable to engage with travellers in general never mind those occupying the former amenity site. This being exacerbated by the former head of the Vale housing department admitting in a public hearing to the disbelief of Mr Jenkins that the Vale had submitted a made up guestimate of required pitch requirements in order to meet a Welsh Government deadline.
- The latest Hayeswood Road fiasco which presumably has taken almost two years in the making only to be shot down in flames and discarded within a month of being announced.
- The failure of the VOG to carry out its duties of due care towards the current occupants of the former amenity site at Hayes Road and leaving such a vulnerable community in what has been adjudged to be ‘an unsafe location’
- Why has no one from the planning department been held responsible and accountable for the related flawed and now discredited site lists or progression for almost 5 years of the Hayes Rd plan and now almost two years of Hayeswood Rd plans despite the basic now acknowledged inherent flaws in their proposals?
Mr Mahoney says he also wants a “formal recorded minuted meeting” with Vale Council managing director Rob Thomas (which would include his fellow Sully councillor Bob Penrose) “in order that the unacceptable handling of this matter can be discussed and those of the VOG’s shortcomings examined.”
Mr Mahoney says “I feel that internal Inquiries carried out by colleagues of those whose actions and work is being examined is no longer a satisfactory channel for the seriousness of the continued failure to progress the matter of gypsy and traveller assessment or site provision and that public confidence and concerns in the process can now only be restored by means of a visible enquiry held by an independent outside body.”