Welsh Secretary scraps plans for massive Union Jack on Cardiff building as cost balloons
The Welsh Secretary has scrapped plans for a massive Union Jack on the side of a Cardiff building after costs ballooned.
Cardiff council officers had approved planning permission for the 105-foot high flag on Tŷ William Morgan tax office.
But it has now been jettisoned after it turned out the final cost would be as much as £180,000 to the taxpayer.
The UK government said the secretary of state halted plans because it “did not represent good value for the taxpayer”.
A YesCymru’s petition to revoke planning permission, had already garnered over 19,000 signatures.
The First Minister, Mark Drakeford had expressed concern that the giant flag would only push more people towards independence.
Mark Drakeford said that his objection “is not to a union flag per se; it is whether a 32 m tall, 8 m wide union flag is a proportionate way of proceeding”.
If the purpose of their actions is to strengthen the union, then they need to ask themselves whether or not a union jack on the scale and size that they are proposing is likely to achieve that ambition,” he said.
However, Conservative MP David Davies said that YesCymru couldn’t complain about the UK Government placing a 100 foot Union Jack on their own building while putting stickers everywhere
“The petition I understand is being pushed by Yes Cymru and I’m frankly sick of seeing Yes Cymru stickers being placed all over signs and buildings in Wales,” he said.
“If they want the moral high ground they should remember we applied for planning permission for our flag. When they want to start applying for planning permission for all the stickers they’re posting illegally then they might have some grounds for a discussion but right now they haven’t.”
Before it was announced the giant flag would not be added to the building, a UK Government spokesperson had said: “Tŷ William Morgan is a significant UK Government building and is the first of its kind in Wales.
“As is practice with similar UK Government sites across the United Kingdom and around the world, it will feature the Union flag as part of its visual branding.
“The flag of Wales is flown at Tŷ William Morgan which also contains other specifically Welsh branding, while the name of the new building was chosen to reflect the UK Government’s investment in Wales and Welsh culture.”