(g) Wales Coast Path Update and Vale of Glamorgan Council Response to Questions on Future Management -
The Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Access Officer Tricia Cottnam presented the Forum with an overview of progress from April 2011 to March 2012 and referred to the opening of the coastal path on 5th May, 2012.
In her introduction she advised that it had been a satisfying year for work on the Vale section of the Wales Coast Path. Although there were sections that needed further improvement the path had been opened on 5th May having had great publicity during and after the official opening which included a great news feature by Sian Lloyd the broadcaster and a short interview with Tricia which could be accessed via the website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17937192).
Ms Cottnam also referred to the ceramic discs that had been purchased at the end of the financial year which would be installed along pedestrianised areas in Cold Knap, Barry Island, Barry Waterfront and Penarth. It was noted that a coastal access meeting was due to be held in Cardiff shortly where aspects of the coastal path would be shown.
The response by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in relation to the WCP Future Management, had been appended to the report with it being noted that the response had been completed by Gwyn Teague in consultation with the Chairman as there had been no time to consult with the Forum itself.
During discussion reference was made to Active Travel, it being noted that the Transport Consortia was currently looking at the cycling element for paths. Mention was made of a group that had been set up to consider this element further. Gwyn Teague advised that he was not aware of such a group but would look into the matter and report to a future meeting of the Forum.
Having considered the response it was
AGREED - T H A T the response be endorsed.