Extra homes plan will destroy my village
9:01am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Letters
I AM against the Taylor Wimpy proposed planning and development of Sully Village for the following reasons; the clue is the name Sully Village - "A village is defined as a rural community consisting of a group of houses and other buildings in a rural area, smaller than a town but larger than a hamlet".
Adding an additional 450 new homes to the existing village will only serve to destroy the village identity and implement a blue print for creating yet another Cardiff and Vale 'sink estate' - are the Vale planners that short sighted?
In the past I have lived in both Pentwyn and St Mellons, once beautiful villages on the fringes of Cardiff, now reduced to fractious mix of private and social housing.
People aspire to live in Sully Village because of its size and seaside location by green fields. The mix of social and private dwellings integrate well, people respect their surroundings and by and large keep their children and animals under control. This unfortunately was not my experience in Pentwyn and St Mellons as I witnessed both villages expanded into large housing estates, living amongst a growing population of residents some with anti-social behaviour problems eventually leading to a divided community stagnating in an oversized urban sprawl. This was the reason I moved away, and now reside in Sully Village.
The local Sully infrastructure is unable to support an additional 450 houses for the following reasons.
Local roads - Cog Lane is a rat run for most commuters in the village and surrounding areas. At the peak times it is often blocked and has seen many accidents. However this rat run is popular with residents due to the heavy volume of traffic on South Road, adding another 450 dwellings is not going to improve the congestion and if the planners are considering a road widening scheme then we don't want it! The country lane access around the village is what gives it a rural identity. We don't want to be just another housing estate, tacked on to the end of Barry.
Telephone network - the internet is currently very poor, as the local telephone connection is via a sub-exchange attached to the main telephone network, 450 new dwellings will have a detrimental effect on an already exhausted telephone network!
Water and sewage - Sully has had water supply issues in the 18 years that I have lived here. I am advised that it is due to the close proximity of the main pumping station in Dinas Powys. I wonder if the proposed plans for 450 houses include sewage and water treatment plant. I doubt it.
Local schools - the local infant and junior school is already operating at capacity and in some cases has to turn local children away to seek schooling elsewhere. Village residents don't want further expansion of the school, it needs to maintain the high standards that already exist by remaining small village school!
The secondary school children are transported to and from school by car or public transport, this is accepted part of village life, if residents had desired to have every amenity laid down at their feet then the obvious solution would be to live in a town! Adding 450 houses will have a detrimental affect on schooling and the local road networks.
Proposed solution - rather than destroy the village infrastructure and identity by creating yet another large rural housing estate, let the government reduce the need for housing by concentrating its efforts on illegal inmigration?
Thousands of people claim residency in the UK each week and it appears that our limp wristed immigration laws make this country a Mecca for every impoverished soul that desires housing and welfare. We are a small island rapidly losing our identity through weak laws, bad management and poor planning!