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Villagers apply for sports field to get village green status to protect it from development

Villagers are applying to have a local sports club field designated as a village green to protect it from future development.

The Saving Sully group and Lavernock Community Council have jointly submitted an application to Vale of Glamorgan Council to give Sully sports field village green status.

A three-day hearing is listed to start on January 29 at the Vale council offices with a barrister making the case for Saving Sully and developers St Modwen objecting to the status being granted.

The council’s planning committee last year rejected a plan from Sully Sports and Social Club with developers St Modwen for 200 houses a nd new sports facilities on the site beside the sea.

But campaigners fear a fresh application could still be made unless the area is given village green status.
Villagers protesting against housing development in Cog near Sully last year

Saving Sully said 80 residents have provided evidence for the hearing that they have been using the lands for between 20 and 40 years for activities including walking, dog walking, blackberry picking and kite flying. A number of residents will give oral evidence to an inspector hearing the case.

In order for village green status to be designated the inspector will have to be satisfied that the site has been used for recreation in such a way for at least 20 years.

Steve Thomas, chairman of Saving Sully, said: “If we get village green status for the land that would mean it would be exempt from any development or planning application under The Commons Act 2006.

“The exemption to that would be if the club applied for planning permission linked to sport and leisure – such as building changing rooms or courts – but they could not apply to build houses, factories or businesses on the site.

“You can apply to have a village green created on any parcel of land provided you can make a case. Our case is that the land has been used by the public for leisure in an unfettered way for more than 20 years.

“The area is needed for leisure in the village. We have 540 houses going up in Cog and no playing fields and Cosmeston is allocated for a further 570 houses with no field. There are all these houses planned with no amenities for the people who will live in them.”

Hunter Jarvie, deputy leader of the Vale council, said: “Following the inquiry, the inspector will produce a report recommending whether or not the application should be successful. Once this report has been received, the council will make its decision.”


Cost cutting pool car scheme shortlisted for award

The pool car scheme which launched in 2015 has cut the cost of essential staff travel by more than £10,000 each month, something that has seen the authority shortlisted of most sustainable fleet management department at the LAPV Future Fleet Forum as a result.

Cllr Geoff Cox, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, said: “Essential staff travel, like getting social workers to their community appointments, presents a number of challenges in the modern age.

“The pool car scheme has been a great success not only in financial terms but also in freeing up staff time by and delivering a significant reduction in the Council’s carbon emissions. “The project was conceived and delivered entirely in-house and for it to receive national recognition should be source of pride for all involved.”

Initially projected to save £100,000 each year, the purchase of fuel efficient cars via an innovative ‘reverse auction’ and effective monitoring of where best to base the vehicles to ensure maximum efficiency has seen the scheme exceed this by more than 25%.

The Future Fleet Forum is the only international public sector fleet management event that offers new ways of thinking, examples of global best practice and solutions to overcome the challenges of managing a fleet in a constantly changing political environment.


Domestic violence support service shortlisted for UK housing award

The Dispersed Domestic Abuse Scheme which is run by the Vale of Glamorgan Council has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding approach to equality and diversity’ category at the UK Housing Awards.

The service is unique as it is gender neutral. Something that enables it to meet the diverse accommodation and support needs of those clients who do not meet the criteria for a traditional domestic abuse refuge. This can include members of the LGBT community, men, women with older male children, and older people.

Unlike a more traditional approach that would house a number of clients at a single secure refuge, the Dispersed Domestic Abuse Scheme provides those fleeing domestic abuse with a safe and secure self-contained property, with flexible support then being delivered in their new home.

Cllr Andrew Parker, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The scheme provides those who are fleeing domestic abuse with a permanent home, fitted with enhanced security features, in a safe community. These are often some of the most vulnerable members of our society and it is not an exaggeration to say that the support provided by the Council and our partners saves lives.

“The model that we have pioneered fills gaps that exist in domestic abuse support services across the UK. This is genuine, national best practice and we know a number of other local authorities are already looking at copying our approach.”

The properties are provided to clients under an assured tenancy from Newydd Housing and additional support is provided by Atal Y Fro.

The scheme is also a cost effective one as it can be expanded and scaled back as required without the Council having to maintain empty or underutilised properties as would be the case if traditional refuges were developed for each of the diverse communities that the scheme caters for.

The UK Housing Awards is one of the biggest and prestigious awards in the housing sector giving housing associations and local authorities a chance to showcase the outstanding work they are doing in the past year. This year’s ceremony will be held in May.


Second phase of 21st century Schools project sees £140 million investment in education across the Vale of Glamorgan

Following on from spending of £31 million in the programme’s first stage, public consultation on a range of exciting developments as part of Band B will begin imminently, with some projects scheduled to start within months.


This represents a major commitment to improving educational facilities and will make a real difference to thousands of children across the Vale.


schools1borderWork to create two new English medium mixed-sex schools to replace the existing single-sex Barry and Bryn Hafren comprehensive schools is well under way.


Access to Band B funding will ensure that these schools, set to open in September 2018, will benefit from substantial investment in their buildings.


Welsh language secondary education will also benefit under Band B, with Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg set to undergo extensive improvement and expansion works in order to cater for a growing number of pupils requiring secondary education in that medium in the Barry area.


In total, Band B of the Council’s 21st Century Schools programme will cost £142,417 million, with £83,825 million coming from Welsh Government.


Business cases for all schemes will need to be approved by Welsh Government.


Schemes that will be subject to consultation include: new, modern buildings for St David’s Primary School in Colwinston and Llancarfan Primary School, an extended and remodelled school building for St Nicholas, new and remodelled school buildings in Cowbridge, a new school on Barry Waterfront and a new Catholic school for pupils aged three to 16.

Cllr Bob Penrose, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said: “I’m delighted it has been possible to secure such a significant funding sum for the latest round of work in this exciting project.


“The size of the investment will allow us to embark on a variety of projects that can have far-reaching positive consequences across the Vale of Glamorgan’s educational landscape. Nursery, primary, secondary, Welsh, English and faith schools are all set to benefit as part of this groundbreaking series of improvement works.”


Sully Zebra Crossing Upgrade

mapPuffin crossings make crossing the road easier and safer. They have the Red/Green Man signals on the same side of the road as you are waiting to cross, allowing you to watch these signals and traffic at the same time.

A temporary push button crossing facility has been put in place to assist pedestrians and school children during the construction phase.

The works will take 3 weeks to complete and require temporary traffic signals to implement safely.

The Council apologises for any delays and inconvenience caused during the construction of this essential enhancement to highway safety within Sully and will make every effort to keep this to an absolute minimum.

Traffic which normally use South Road in Sully are advised to plan ahead and consider alternative routes for their journey wherever practicable whilst these works are ongoing to minimise any congestion caused.

Unsure how to safely use a puffin crossing? The Puffin Good Practice video has been developed by the Department for Transport (DfT) and County Surveyors' Society (CSS).

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