Value of well-being plan for Caerphilly questioned by Plaid Cymru over threat to open spaces

05/10/2017

Plaid Cymru has questioned the value of a well-being plan whose aims include preserving the outdoors and countryside for Caerphilly people to enjoy while at the same time green fields face concreting.

The draft Caerphilly We Want Well-Being Plan, covering five years, has the aim of improving the life of those in the county borough, by meeting a series of aims. It has been prepared by the Caerphilly Public Services Board, includes representatives from Caerphilly council, Gwent Police and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

Among the objectives highlighted  in the plan includes Positive Places: Enabling our communities to be resilient and sustainable by:

  • Protect, enhance and promote our natural environment and foster community action on environmental issues
  • Increase the contribution that the environment makes to the health and well-being of our residents.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the opposition,Plaid Cymru group, said: “The aims of the plan to improve the life of people in the county borough are laudable. But there seems to be a total mismatch between rhetoric and action.

“You have a situation where the importance of the natural environment to the well-being of residents is highlighted in the draft plan and rightly so. I’m pleased everyone recognises that. 

“But at the same time there is a real threat of a huge number of green fields across the county borough being developed for homes which surely will impact on people’s enjoyment of the environment. 

 “You can’t isolate the threat from developers from the well-being plan, otherwise people will consider that it is a just a load of worthy words, but meaningless!”

 

 Plaid Cymru AM Steffan Lewis added: “The Wellbeing Act is in place to protect our environment for future generations and to guard against inappropriate development. The Labour government and Labour council need to reconcile this with the planning crisis in Caerphilly. 

“Government must step in to suspend the need for a five year land supply for housing until the council adopts a sustainable local plan. At the moment the system is skewed against local communities and local democracy. We need affordable housing and council housing and we need it in the right places. Without a proper plan with public support our area is being concreted so that we become a commuter belt for Cardiff.”