I’ve been recording my thoughts recently on the threat to Caerphilly from the Labour council’s Local Development Plan (LDP).
Many thousands of people have viewed my video postings on Facebook. It is coming over loud and clear that people don’t want our precious green fields concreted over. Enough of that has happened already.
I met up with Darryl Jones, son of the legendary South Wales Echo cartoonist, Gren Jones on the top of Caerphilly Mountain last week to talk about the threat caused by over-development. He brought one of Gren’s famous sheep, Nev and talked about his fears for the future of our town. Darryl lives in Caerphilly as did his dad and his views are typical of people I meet.
Everyone who travels in and around Caerphilly knows what traffic congestion is like, particularly during the rush hour.
Can you imagine what the road network will be with thousands of more new homes in the Caerphilly Basin? Putting additional traffic out onto the Caerphilly Mountain road is a recipe for chaos, particularly in bad weather. It will also spoil the feel of the area.
The council is currently consulting on its LDP but, I believe, it is considering developers over local people. It is not the job of Caerphilly to facilitate the building of homes in Caerphilly for people in Cardiff, Bristol or other city.
And it’s not just the roads that will be impacted – How will our GP surgeries cope? What about our schools?
I strongly believe that the council should be encouraging developers to look further north in the county borough, where there are brown fields available. It would take the pressure off Caerphilly.
Residents will soon have a fantastic opportunity to send a message to the Labour council and them that enough is enough. I will continue fighting with residents to halt these unwanted developments.
The consultation period on the LDP has been extended until Friday, April 22, and I urge anyone concerned about the threat to our green fields to write to the council to object to the plans.
The Assembly is now in recess ahead of the election on May 5. I have been honoured and immensely proud to represent people across the county borough in the Senedd over the last five years and have met some wonderful people along the way.
I’ve always sought to do my best and I hope to have the opportunity to continue my work for people. Thank you.