24/02/2009

Council Cabinet Backs Town Centre Re-development as Trader Opposition Emerges

Following the story below, Ceredigion Council's Cabinet has now voted to support the re-development plans for lower Great Darkgate Street. Because Compulsory Purchase Orders are involved, legally, the final decision will have to be agreed by the Full Council who are next scheduled to meet on 30th April.

However controversy has now emerged as a wide range of local independent traders are quoted in this week's local paper as opposing the scheme. A recent confidential briefing of all County Councillors in North Ceredigion was told that only one trader opposed the scheme, the implication being that all traders had been consulted. Councillors at the briefing were then asked if they were prepared to support the scheme going forward to the Cabinet. On the information given, councillors (but not this one) overwhelmingly backed the scheme. With opposition now emerging, questions are being raised about the information given to councillors at the briefing and whether they would have been so overwhelmingly in favour had they known the extent of the opposition from traders.

Another bone of contention is the recent six-week public consultation about developing the former Royal Mail sorting office. Although, according to Council Officers, the plans received overwhelming support from the public, the consultation only finished as recently as December 15th and yet made no reference to the greatly expanded scheme now envisaged.

2 comments:

  1. Helo Alun

    Dwi'n sgwennu i godi fy mhryderon ynglŷn a'r sinema arfaethedig ar gyfer canol y dre.

    Oes unrhyw ymgynghoriad wedi bod gyda sinemau eraill y dref? Os felly beth oedd eu hymateb?

    Alla i ddim credu y byddai'r Commodore yn hapus ac yn sicr byddai cael sinema aml-sgrin yn effeithio ar niferoedd cynulleidfa canolfan y celfyddydau. Mae tri sgrin sinema yn y dref ar hyn o bryd os ydych chi'n cynnwys y DRWM ac er yn wyliwr ffilmiau brwd, dwi ddim yn gweld hyn fel datblygiad cynaladwy yn yr hir dymor gan y gallai niweidio sefydliadau sy'n darparu yn helaeth eisoes. Mae hyn heb sôn am broblemau parcio yn y dre.

    Dwi hefyd yn bryderus iawn ar yr effaith y byddai'r Compulsory Purchase Orders yn ei gael ar siopau anibynnol, yn ogystal a naws a chymeriad canol y dref.

    Mae'n wir bod llawer o siopau yn cau, ond nid yn y rhan honno o'r dref. Lle byddai'r siopau hyn yn adleoli fyddai a'r un math o leoliad i ddenu cwsmeriaid?

    Allwch chi ddweud os bydd yna gyfle cyhoeddus i drafod y cynlluniau cyn cyfarfod y Cyngor Sir er mwyn i'r cyhoedd roi ein barn?

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  2. Cwestiynau da. Byddwn yn dilyn pob un a mwy wrth i'r sefyllfa ddatblygu. Yn y cyfamser gweler uchod.

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