The Caerphilly Observer has reported on the outline planning application by Redrow to build up to 260 new homes on green fields north of Hendredenny in Caerphilly.
Plaid Cymru ward councillors will fight tooth and nail to prevent this development because, we believe, it will bad for Caerphilly as well as those living in the immediate area.
There are already significant congestion problems at peak times so can you imagine the traffic issues with vehicles entering and exiting Hendredenny Drive.
Redrow has yet to provide details of how they will access the land. We will continue to oppose the local authority selling off a strip of land to make it easy for them to develop.
We have concerns about the impact on local schools and doctor’s surgeries, as well as local services like sewerage and water supplies, because there will be a big increase in the local population if this scheme goes ahead.
Residents are writing to the council planning department in Pontllanfraith re application number 15/0412/outline and we hope as many as possible will register their opposition.
As ward members we strongly believe that all new housing should not be sited around the Caerphilly Basin and developers should be directed by the Welsh Government to look at sites further up the Rhymney Valley. The Welsh Government needs to consider what support it can give to encourage builders, both social and, indeed, private to build in the mid and northern parts of the Caerphilly constituency.
This issue needs to be given top priority.
Voices for women
I attended a presentation in the Senedd which included a film highlighting the contribution women make and continue to make in the working life of Wales.
I know from having worked at the Stadium and Dialoy factories in Caerphilly how key were women for those companies and for the contribution they made to the family budgets.
It was great to hear the vision for Caerphilly and Wales from Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in Bedwas last week. What was particularly pleasing to see was the number of members of the public. This is a good sign ahead of the 2016 assembly elections.