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Plans revealed to revive project which could link the Cardiff Bay Barrage with Penarth Esplanade

29 Nov 2022 2 minute read
Unofficial Penarth Link Headland Link Credit Penarth Headland Link Charity

Ted Peskett, local democracy reporter

A council cabinet paper has revealed an update to long-running attempts to revive the Penarth Headland Link project.

The project, which could see Cardiff Bay Barrage linked with Penarth Esplanade, was brought back to life in 2015.

An earlier multi-million pound attempt to get the scheme off the ground failed in 2007.

After much silence on the latest attempt to revive the Headland Link project, a Vale of Glamorgan cabinet report reveals that the prospective developers have been in contact with National Resources Wales (NRW) over the project.

The report on the minutes of the last Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee states: “NRW was made aware of plans to progress the previously rejected Penarth Headland Link project and would like to be kept informed of its renewed progress.

“NRW welcomed an update on where the project was at this time, particularly with regards to planning, and requested that NRW were engaged and consulted early in the process.”

A council meeting held in 2019 heard that the cost of the 1km headland link could be up to £10 million.

The cost of the initial scheme rose to more than £23 million.

The minutes of the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee meeting in October state that Penarth Headland Link Charity representative, Alun Michael informed the committee that he had been in contact with “a senior director at NRW already concerning the Penarth Headland Link project” and that they “would be engaged with the project going forward”.

The minutes continue: “He was also keen to speak to the representative from NRW on the Committee on this topic, and this would be done outside of the meeting.”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will discuss the minutes of the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday December 1.


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