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Council to spend £1.5 milion on new flats in Barry

The site of a former healthcare centre in Barry is to be transformed into a £1.5 million Vale of Glamorgan Council housing development.

Planning permission has been approved for the land on Winston Road previously occupied by Colcot clinic will be turned into 12 one-bedroom eco-friendly flats.

They will include large open-plan kitchen/living rooms, balconies and off-street parking.

The flats will be built using sustainable methods and feature energy efficient heating, solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

They will be added to the Council’s housing stock to meet significant demand for these types of properties.

This is the latest scheme to address this need and follows a similar development at Llys Llechwedd Jenner, while there are others in the pipeline at Hayes Road and Hayeswood Road in Barry along with an older persons’ apartment complex in Penarth.

With easy access to local shops, schools and bus stops, this development will help promote active travel, contributing towards the Council’s Project Zero, which aims to achieve a net zero carbon output by 2030.

Cllr Margaret Wilkinson, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Building Services said: “The development of the former Colcot Clinic site is another example of our commitment to provide Council housing for residents.

“The scheme will create a safe environment, near to local amenities, providing residents with a strong sense of community.

“It is important to us to offer residents quality housing and pleasant living spaces that are built with sustainability and green values in mind.”


OVO Bikes return to the Vale of Glamorgan

Customers are now able to get back in the saddle, with the bikes available again following a two-month break.
To celebrate their return, operators Nextbike have created a £5 voucher code, RELAUNCH22, which can be redeemed by anyone.

The scheme was temporarily suspended in Cardiff and the Vale in November after a spate of vandalism and thefts in Cardiff left the fleet depleted and unable to function.

Initially, it will relaunch with 400 bikes in operation from the highest-usage stations, with more added over the coming months.

Ovo1Cllr Peter King, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood services and Transport, said: “I’m thrilled to see OVObikes returning to the Vale of Glamorgan as the scheme proved extremely popular before it was suspended.

“In addition to the six existing all electric bike hire stations in the Vale, I am pleased to announce a further four electric bike stations will be installed by the end of March, in Penarth, Sully and Dinas Powys.

“In keeping with the climate emergency we declared in 2019, it is vital that we continue to support active and sustainable methods of transport. The bikes are simple to use and their modest tariffs compare favourably with the cost of travelling by car, bus or train.

“Using them can improve the health and wellbeing of commuters and residents and they have also proven attractive to tourists.”

A fleet of 50 e-bikes was launched in Penarth in 2020, proving incredibly popular with the public.

E-bikes are a combination of a conventional bike with a motor that take some of the effort out of pedalling for the rider. With top speeds of 25km per hour, the e-bikes can cover greater distances faster and with less effort.

OVO Energy were unveiled as the title sponsor in August, in addition to putting their name to the Glasgow scheme.

E-bike rental costs £1 per 30 minutes for customers with monthly or annual membership or £2 per 30 minutes on a pay as you ride basis.


Puppy breeders prosecuted by Vale of Glamorgan Council

A Bonvilston couple who engaged in illegal dog breeding practices have been ordered to pay more than £450,000 following a successful prosecution by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Karl and Victoria Shellard appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court where they pleaded guilty to charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

These were brought by Shared Regulatory Services (SRS) who carry out such work for the Vale, Cardiff and Bridgend councils.

The couple were convicted of breeding bulldogs without a licence and on other counts relating to the number of litters produced within a short period.

Breeding dogs were not given enough time to recover, often artificially inseminated soon after delivering a previous litter.

The Court heard that in January 2018 Mr and Mrs Shellard were told that if they had a further litter of puppies they would need a breeding licence and failure to obtain one could lead to prosecution.

They chose not to apply for a licence and a vet concluded that had an application been submitted it would not have been successful.

A warrant executed at the couple’s Bonvilston home in December 2019 found 28 dogs in an outbuilding and a laboratory with equipment including a multipurpose centrifuge machine, microscopes, equipment for storing and collecting semen, and for taking blood.

At another property in the village, officers discovered 24 dogs and a property in North Cornelly was found to contain another six dogs.

It was revealed that the couple bred at least 67 litters between 2014 and 2020, with information on known C-sections indicating 43 litters had been delivered between 2018 and 2019.

One dog named Coco had delivered six litters within a four-year period while numerous others were forced to deliver two litters in less than a 12-month period.

The Shellards’ dogs were registered with five different veterinary practices and litters given different names and addresses to avoid detection by both the Local Authority and Kennel Club.

On sentencing, HHJ Morgan stated that Mr and Mr Shellard chose not to get a dog-breeding licence and the reasons that they gave for doing so were wholly inadequate.

He stressed their breeding practices flew in the face of veterinary advice and though conditions were better than other puppy farms, that was exactly the operation they were running.

The fines handed out were said to reflect their means, with consideration given to their good character and early guilty pleas.

Mr and Mrs Shellard were fined a total of £19,000 each, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £43,775.50 and a victim surcharge of £175 each.

They were also told to repay a total of £372,531.54 within three months in a Proceeds of Crime Hearing or face a two -year prison sentence.

Cllr Eddie Williams, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Legal, Regulatory and Planning Services, said: “Careful work by SRS has led to this outcome, bringing people involved in cruel and unregulated animal breeding practices to justice.

“I hope this sends out a message that the Council will not tolerate such behaviour. We will come after anyone involved in this type of activity and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”


Council extends consultation period for local development plan

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has extended the consultation period for the first stage of its new Local Development Plan (LDP).

The LDP must be regularly reviewed to ensure that it is kept up to date.

The Council is currently drafting a new Review Report, looking into the effectiveness of the current plan and confirming the next steps of revision.

A Delivery Agreement is also being drafted which contains a Community Involvement Scheme and timetable for preparing and adopting the new LDP.

Residents are encouraged to get involved by viewing and commenting on the documents from these initial stages online via the Council’s website.

The closing date for residents to have their say on the first stage of the process is 31 January 2022.

You can also register your interest to be kept informed of the progress of the plan by submitting a form on the Replacement Local Development Plan section of the Council’s website.

Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council said:

“The Local Development Plan provides the policy framework for the Vale of Glamorgan and is a key part of the Vale of Glamorgan’s planning process.

“The plan sets out the vision, objectives, strategy and policies for managing development in the Vale and contains a number of planning policies, making provision for the use of land for housing, employment, retailing, recreation, transport and more.

“It’s important that we review and renew the plan to ensure all elements are up to date and meets the growth anticipated in the Vale in the coming years.”

“We welcome residents to take a look at the documents from the first stage of the process and submit any comments they may have.”


3000 images collection 2

Staff and volunteers at Barry library have hosted a ‘Heritage Station’ where members of the public and heritage organisations were able to take their photographs to be scanned and catalogued for the collection.

Recently the 3000th photo was submitted to the Peoples Collection Wales website, part of the Peoples Collection Wales project, funded and led by the Welsh Government, the National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

3000 images collection 1

The project aims to capture and celebrate the rich history of Wales with unique stories and snapshots.

The entire collection of photographs can be accessed on the Peoples Collection website.

Melanie Weeks, Senior Librarian at Penarth Library said: “To have uploaded 3000 pictures to the Peoples Collection Wales is a real achievement and one that couldn’t have happened without the dedication of a great team of volunteers.

“Every picture tells a story, but among my favourites are the circus elephants bathing in Watchtower Bay and the fancy dress outfits at Cowbridge Carnival in the 1920s.”

The library teams are looking to recruit more volunteers to help with the project, so if you have some basic computer skills and an interest in local history contact Melanie Weeks on 01446 773941 or email cowbridgelibrary@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.

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