Town masterplan slated as inadequate by Mayor

17/04/2018

The draft Caerphilly Basin Masterplan has been criticised as “inadequate” by the majority Plaid  Cymru group following a meeting of  Caerphilly Town Council yesterday (Monday April 16).

Speaking after the meeting, Town Mayor Simon Morgan said “As it stands the  Caerphilly County plan is little more than a long shopping  list of projects.  There is no coherence between them.  No attempt has been made to assess the impact of some of the proposals on the environment on the economy and the social fabric of Caerphilly.

“For example, building hundreds of houses in Caerphilly will generate hundreds of extra vehicles bringing Caerphilly to a standstill.  How can this sit with making Caerphilly Town centre accessible and a vibrant place to shop?”

“The town centre is in desperate need of a clear vision.  Big chains are closing across the UK as shopping habits change. We need to look at how other centres have turned their fortunes around by providing incentives to set up local independent shops which will increase variety and quality in the town.

“We must increase footfall from tourism by increasing the attraction of the town,  for example,  by establishing a museum/café complex  by opening up the South Gate of the Castle, leading onto Cardiff Rd.”

The Mayor added: “We need a joined up approach to planning in Caerphilly. We could have been asked for our views at the beginning of this process but there is still time to have an input.  I urge all those individuals and groups interested in  the future of Caerphilly to make their views known.”

  • Comments on the masterplan can be made by filling in the online survey using the link https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152024904201 or alternatively, paper copies of this survey are available at all libraries. Completed paper copies of the survey must be returned to CCBC, Tredomen House, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed CF82 7WF. Please note that all completed surveys must be received by midnight on May 9, 2018. Surveys received after this date will not be considered.