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Much debated open space to become community garden

 

Published Friday 31 January 2014

 

A piece of open land in Barry, which has been the subject of much debate over the years, could become a community garden and nature area. Cemetery Approach has been the focus of campaigners keen for it to be saved as a public space.

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet has now agreed to pursue a partnership with Barry Town Council which could see the land become a new public space for the town.

 

“We undertook consultation with the public after coming up with a list of options for the land during discussions with interested groups, including the Save Cemetery Approach Action Group. The options formed the basis of the public consultation. Thirty one per cent of respondents voted for an open community garden and 25 per cent for allotments,” explained Cllr Gwyn John, Cabinet member for Leisure, Parks, Culture & Sports Development.

 

“Unfortunately contamination of the land in the past by ash and slag makes the area unsuitable for allotments, so we plan to develop the land as a community garden and nature area. Barry Town Council has expressed an interest in managing the land and we will be talking with them about this in the near future. We will also be investigating grant funding for the project; to include if possible grant funding through the Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme.”

 

Plans are underway to clear the site of excess vegetation and debris in preparation for work to start on the community garden.