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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Part of RGW foreshore coming up for sale!

Nothing to do with core GRC business but thought you'd be interested if you're not on Facebook, where this came to my attention. A section of foreshore is due to go under the hammer - stretches from Peterstone Wentloog to Rhymney Est. See this article:
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/three-mile-stretch-welsh-coastline-10977149#ICID=FB-Wales-Main
Interesting ......

6 comments:

MITCH said...

Can't the RSPB buy it and stick a couple of hides up ?

RGS said...

Its potential is far bigger than that Rob,
Surely the RSPB or any other groups are aware of this potential sale. Both Gwent and East Glam should be badgering RSPB to get into the action. Imagine what could be done here to improve the foreshore for migrant birds and access to the high tide wader roosts and protection for Short-eared owls at exclusive 'controlled access' points.

MITCH said...

It's got fabulous potential Rich,let's hope nothing disastrous happens.

DRWG said...

The potential is excellent & the land should be bought by the RSPB. However the down is very real: hides - would be burned down or used as drug dens. Any paths would be used for motor bikes and dog-walkers. In fact any facilities would be mis-used rather than used for there main purpose of enjoying wildlife. And if your thinking of me being negative, just look what the Cardiff foreshore is - Cors Crycydd reen is used for a motor bike track & air rifle practice. The old frag-tip was used as a dumping ground before it became a motor bike park. Green Point isn't anymore! The docks coastal path stops at the razor-wire. Lamby Tip is out-of-bounds. As for the remnant Wentloog Level (Cardiff side), that is all going to be built on, as the City Council think it's just a nice place for development. Need I say more. The RGW is best left as it is, scruffy & uninviting, the best for job for birds that we can hope for. What we should ask for is a boardwalk into CBWR leading to a strongly built hide, which could be locked at night. And remember CBWR was just an after thought when the Bay was being developed - land that couldn't be used for flats etc.

MITCH said...

You're right Jake,anything built would surely be destroyed and abused. Hides would have to be basic and built with breeze blocks.Would be nice to have a bit of shelter though !

RGS said...

I hope you have not forgotten that the CBWR is only there because the Glamorgan Bird Club and a few individuals badgered the Cardiff City Parks department to NOT make the entire frontage of the Bay into a concrete jungle. I even drew out the plans for the scrapes but it was not allowed to have material brought into the bay OR taken away. So the compromise is what we have today - not brilliant but a haven of green space. I agree though that the provision of any form of hide would be destroyed OR even if made of concrete would become a doss house or a drug den - and if at RGW it would be a nice dry place for the cowboys to shoot from. Such is the reality of society these days.