(b) Minutes -
AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meting held on 26th January, 2011 be accepted as a correct record subject to the reference to a site visit having been undertaken at Leckwith Woods in the action column relating to minute number (h) being deleted.
The following updates were provided to Members:
(i) Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan (LDP)
The Chairman notified members that the consultation period, originally anticipated in May / June 2011, had been delayed until the Autumn due to ongoing negotiations with WAG in respect of the Delivery Agreement.
(ii) Current Position Relating to the LAF and CCW
The Chairman indicated that the matter of the non-attendance of CCW representatives at meetings of the LAF had been raised at the LAF Chairs meeting. The view had been expressed that no LAF was being disadvantaged as a consequence since all were being treated in the same way and that CCW would continue to give any support required. The Secretariat confirmed that agendas and minutes of the LAF were sent, as normal, to CCW.
In relation to WAG proposals for a review and potential merger of various environmental bodies (including CCW), Mr. Pittard indicated that the formulation of such proposals had been delayed as a consequence of the imminent elections but that Members should consider engaging in any future consultation on those proposals. Following some discussion, members
AGREED - T H A T CCW be notified in writing of the LAF’s concerns and asked to include the aforementioned consultation onto the published Work Programme for 2011/12.
(iii) Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival
Mrs. Warlow had requested that leaflets illustrating the programme of events in relation to the May 2011 Walking Festival be distributed to members of the LAF and had indicated that she would update members on the outcome of the Festival at the next meeting. Mr. Guy undertook to ensure that the Festival was publicised on the Council’s website.
(iv) Consultation on Level Crossings
In response to a question from Mrs. March as to whether any feedback had been received from the Law Commission in respect of Mr. Teague’s response, Mr. Teague confirmed that no feedback had been received to date and that nothing was anticipated in the near future.
(vi) Future Funding for the All Wales Coastal Path
Mr. Guy indicated that there was currently no commitment to funding beyond 2012 but that the outgoing Minister had established a Group to look at the future maintenance / sustainability of the Path. Mr. Guy himself sat on that Group and was confident that, once a new Minister was in place, the Group would discuss future funding issues.
(vii) Smart Coasts Scheme
Mr. Guy stated that his research had shown that the aforementioned scheme was primarily concerned with water quality on both sides of the Irish Sea. He confirmed that the Council’s Coastal Management Section had not been notified of the Scheme and it was generally accepted that the coastline along the Vale would have a minimal impact upon water quality in the Irish Sea.