Sad about destruction
11:37am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Letters
I WRITE to make people aware of the destruction of the natural habitat along the old railway line from Penarth Station to Cosmeston. The Vale Council is currently cutting down the majority of the trees and shrubs along the route in preparation for a 4m wide tarmac cycle path.
Many people use the current tree lined, gravel path for walking dogs, cycling, and strolling – and love being in the country in the midst of the town.
Without notification and continuing against widespread local opposition, the council has substantially cleared the area. They say there will be a consultation before the tarmac is put in but, once they’ve laid waste to the natural environment, it will only be deciding if they now tarmac over what they have destroyed. I don’t know if the on-going clearance can be halted but, nonetheless, if the area is left as it is then in a few years it should recover.
If you have ever enjoyed walking or cycling along the leafy line or want Penarth to keep its trees, please write to Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services, Dock Office, Barry Docks, Barry, CF63 4RT and tell him what you think regarding the council’s actions and plans.
Personally as a cyclist and nature lover I am deeply saddened by them and hope the tarmac route can be prevented.
Dave Penarth Via e-mail