The following planning applications have been approved:-
• 43, Gwern Close, St. Lythans. Rear single storey extension within residential curtilage
• Adjacent to Plot 43, St Lythans, Culverhouse Cross, Work to an oak tree covered by TPO
• Weycock Cross Sewage Treatment Works, A4426, Barry. Proposed works
• The Croft, Burdonshill, Wenvoe. Construction of garage
• The Hide Away, St. Lythans. New stables on the site of existing stables.
Planning application for Cwm Derwen Farm, Waycock Road, Nr. Barry for an extension to the existing farm building to accommodate in-door lambing and storage of machinery and fodder was refused. The proposed building was not considered to be permitted development given the proposed floor area and proximity to protected dwellings and therefore did not comply with conditions A.1 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995
We all know about the long queues and delays facing us when using Culverhouse Cross Roundabout. The Roundabout is already at 150% capacity (that is 50% more vehicles are using it than forecast). It is understood that capacity will rise to over 200% in the coming year. Our public transport system is woefully inadequate, and the current infrastructure has been left relatively unchanged despite the increasing number of homes in the area.
In an effort to ease the traffic problems a congestion charge of £1.00 is to be introduced for use of the Roundabout. It is anticipated that the charge will be for any vehicle using the roundabout weekdays between the hours of 7.00am – 10.00am and 3.00pm – 6.00pm. Blue Badge Holders will be exempt, but they will need to contact their local council to register. There will be a one-off administrative fee of £10.00 for this service.
Cameras already in place on Culverhouse Cross Roundabout have the technology to monitor non-payment of the charge through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). The penalty for non-payment will be £50.00, with a reduction if paid within 2 weeks of the notice issue date.
The Scheme will be self-financing, and any surplus monies will be used towards on-going road repairs, specifically potholes.
Mr Alf Polior (our source who has close links to the three organisations who have been involved in this decision – Cardiff City Council, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government) tells us that the proposed
Congestion Charge is likely to be made public on Monday 1st April and without any public consultation.
This is outrageous!
One of Polior’s associates living in Wenvoe and travelling to work at UHW Cardiff has said that he has looked at an alternative route through Dinas Powys to avoid this charge. Online Route Planners have shown that such a change of route will extend his journey to 20 miles per day, resulting in a cumulative increase of 1680 miles per year.
We are grateful to our resident for sharing the potential fuel cost increases with us, as well as the difference between paying the Congestion Charge and choosing an alternative route to work. He will be leading a focus group to calculate the increased journey time as well as to discuss the ONS Report which state that: ‘feelings of happiness, life satisfaction and the sense that one’s activities are worthwhile all decrease with every successive minute of travel to work’.
To continue reading and to see the link to the online petition, please turn to Page 4.