Labour sells residents down the river as 350 homes are approved at Virginia Park


Labour councillors were accused of selling residents in Caerphilly “down the river” after it gave the go-ahead  last night (Wednesday) for 350 homes at Virginia Park. The four Plaid Cymru members present all voted against the scheme.

The scheme by GHR Developments at the former golf course includes 25 homes – 7.14% of the site – being built as affordable properties.

But the decision to give the go-ahead to 350 homes on the green fields has been attacked by Morgan Jones Plaid Cymru councillor Phil Bevan and Plaid town councillor Mike Prew, who is Mayor of Caerphilly.

Councillor Phil Bevan said: “This will put a huge amount of pressure on the area with a potential 700 additional cars using the junction of Pontygwindy Road and Browen, creating delays on an already strained road infrastructure.

“What also disappoints me is that this scheme was approved by a Labour-majority planning committee despite expressed pledges by Labour just three years ago to protect green fields. They have sold the community down the river.  Their promises have proved to be worthless.”

At the Parcyfelin Caerphilly town council by-election in March 2016 Labour candidate Tony Graham said: “Councillors have fought hard to secure green field sites for leisure such as Virginia Park.” He is now chair of Van Community Council.

And a Labour leaflet with AM Hefin David pictured issued after the 2016 Assembly election stated: “We’ve protected every blade of grass from housing development in Morgan Jones ward.”

Councillor Mike Prew, who is a member of the Virginia Park Action Group  added: “We’ve had a Labour councillor (James Pritchard) in Morgan Jones ward calling for affordable housing on the site, effectively accepting the development of housing on green fields and it has all been pushed through by a Labour dominated planning committee.

“So the pledge just three years ago to protect every blade of grass in Morgan Jones ward has been shown up for what it is -  a fraud.