Rumney Rec Village Green Public Inquiry

Llanrumney library saw packed sessions

The Public Inquiry sat at Llanrumney library on 21, 22 and 23 September 2010. Mr. Leslie Blohm QC presided and will submit a report to Cardiff Council within 4 to 6 weeks.

Guardian Cardiff – FAQ about Rumney Rec read here

DAY ONE

Guardian Cardiff – reports read here & here

South Wales Echo – report read here

DAY TWO

Guardian Cardiff – report read here

South Wales Echo – report read here

DAY THREE

Guardian Cardiff – report read here

South Wales Echo – report read here

INQUIRY AFTERMATH

Guardian Cardiff – report read here

Former Bluebird Christian Roberts backs the campaign to save Rumney Recreation Ground

Former Bluebirds, Bristol City and Swindon football star Christian Roberts has backed the community campaign to register Rumney Recreation ground as a Village Green. Local Llanrumney boy Christian agreed to back the campaign after being contacted by Labour Assembly candidate Vaughan Gething. RREEL action group togther with local MP Alun Michael have made an application to register the land at Rumney Rec as a village green. A public inquiry takes place at Llanrumney Library on 21 September. Cardiff Council is the sole objector to the application.

Vaughan Gething and Christian Roberts on Rumney Rec

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Sainsbury’s store plan for Rumney Village KO’D

The planning committee of Cardiff Council yesterday rejected an application by supermarket giant Sainsbury’s to locate a new store in the heart of Rumney Village. Local shopkeepers had been vocal in their opposition to what their perceived as a direct threat to their livelihoods. The Guardian Cardiff reports that;

Councillors have voted against an application from Sainsbury’s to build a new store on the site of the old Carpenters Arms pub in Llanrumney.

All councillors on today’s planning committee except one voted for a motion to defer the application for refusal on the grounds the new store would exacerbate problems with congestion and traffic, posing a danger to the public.”

Read the full Guardian Cardiff report here.

Read the full Your Cardiff report here.

In an earlier poll we conducted 64% of respondents stated that they wished to see the Sainsbury’s store be given planning permission. Read it here.

Peter Watt talks exclusively to CARDIFF EAST, in the last of a four part series, about life behind closed doors in Downing Street during the Labour Government.

Peter Watt was the General Secretary of the Labour Party from January 2006 until November 2007 when he resigned in a blaze of publicity following ‘Donorgate’.

As one of the most senior Labour Party figures Watt was an eye-witness to history as he presided over the transition from Prime Minister Tony Blairto Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Now in his stunning memoirs entitled Inside Out Watt provides the ultimate insider expose’: a no holds-barred account of the spectacular decline of the most effective party political machine of modern times.

Peter Watt shares a sofa with Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister.

CARDIFF EAST: How would you explain what ‘Donorgate’ was three years on and your role in it?

PETER WATT: Over a series of years a number of donors gave money to the Party that the Party believed that they were entitled to give and that the Party was entitled to receive.  It was all declared and reported to the Electoral Commission.  But it then transpired that the money was given on behalf of someone else – that meant that we had not reported the donations properly.  The money was ‘clean’ money that the Party was certainly allowed to receive; the person whose money it actually was, was a good man who only wanted to benefit the Party.  No one deliberately deceived anyone, no one personally benefitted – but it looked bad.  I was the Party Official legally responsible for declaring donations and I took the can.  Whether I needed to be condemned as a criminal by the Party Leader and others as a result is a moot point – well I’m pretty clear that I didn’t need to be!  It became a political scandal that was threatening to draw in the Leader and Deputy Leader – I became a useful lightening rod. Continue reading

Rumney Rec Public Meeting – 14th September – British Legion Club, Llanrumney

As the Rumney Rec Village Green Public Inquiry 21, 22, 23 September draws near the Rumney Recreational and Eastern Leisure Centre Action Group (RREEL) has announced that they will host a public meeting to update local residents.

The RREEL Public Meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th September 2010 at 7.30pm at the British Legion in Llanrumney.

The campaign group looking to preserve the Rumney Recreation Ground from development has also announced that following the end of the Public Inquiry in Llanrumney they will host a fundraising night in Rumney.

The RREEL Fundraiser ‘A Fun Night at the Races’ will be held on Saturday 25th September at the Rumney Conservative Club, Rumney Hill, Rumney. (Enjoy a fun night of Horse Racing – Funds raised go towards the campaign to Save Rumney Rec).

Lorraine Barrett AM & Alun Michael MP deep in conversation on Rumney Rec.

Rumney Rec Controversy In The News

Guardian Cardiff – Alun Michael MP writes a guest post – read it here. Alun Michael makes a public appearance on Rumney Rec – read it here.

Your Cardiff – Lorraine Barrett AM writes a guest post – read it here.

WalesOnline – report on the battle between ‘David v. Golaith’ – read it here.

Peter Watt talks exclusively to CARDIFF EAST, in the third of a four part series, about life behind closed doors in Downing Street during the Labour Government.

Peter Watt was the General Secretary of the Labour Party from January 2006 until November 2007 when he resigned in a blaze of publicity following ‘Donorgate’.

As one of the most senior Labour Party figures Watt was an eye-witness to history as he presided over the transition from Prime Minister Tony Blair to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Now in his stunning memoirs entitled Inside Out Watt provides the ultimate insider expose’: a no holds-barred account of the spectacular decline of the most effective party political machine of modern times.

Peter Watt with Tony Blair

As we talk Peter Watt sits in his kitchen with the sounds of his family all around him filling the house. He is a dedicated family man. Watt is brutally honest in his memoirs of the toll that a job at the centre of power took on his family. Perhaps, the most striking passages in the book are those that tell of his father’s final illness and death. In the book he quotes the eulogy he gave for his father David Watt.

And that I think will be Dad’s greatest legacy – he and Mum taught us the value of family, the value of community and valuing others and value of inclusivity. That legacy will live on in every one of his children and grandchildren.”

CARDIFF EAST: How close was ‘the election that never was’ to being called in the autumn of 2007 and do you think that Labour could have won it?

PETER WATT: The Party was operationally ready – leaflets were printed, cars booked, campaign launch planned, funding was in place and staff recruited.  We had even got extra furniture and phone lines.  Across Whitehall Ministers were having leaving Parties.  The election was never formally declared but as far as most people were concerned Gordon called it off rather than decided not to call it.  Would we have won it?  I think so; we’d have been the largest Party at least.  We certainly wouldn’t have suffered our worse result since 1918.

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Kathryn McTaggart: The Imerman case – The Man from Del Monte, he say YES!

Kathryn McTaggart

Kathryn McTaggart is a solicitor with national family law specialists Woolley & Co.

Until last month, spouses who discovered information showing their partner was ‘hiding’ money (and not giving the court a true picture of their assets to reach a fair financial settlement) could copy it and put it before the court to help their case. But in the Imerman case, the Court of Appeal decided that those in the weaker position are effectively on their own: their spouse’s privacy is essentially more important than ensuring a fair outcome.

It fair to say that family lawyers are, not to put too fine a point on it, absolutely staggered.

The facts in a nutshell

Mrs Imerman married the ‘Man from Del Monte’ who shared an office with her property tycoon brothers.

When things went ‘pear-shaped’, the brothers locked Mr Imerman out of the office and downloaded somewhere between 250,000 and 1.5 million documents from his computer.

They handed them to their sister’s family lawyers as they believed Mr Imerman had no intention of making full and frank disclosure.

Court of Appeal ruled that Mrs Imerman could not use this information even though she had nothing to do with obtaining it.

Effectively the Court of Appeal said that married couples are entitled to privacy from one another even in relation to what are, after all, matrimonial assets!

What does this mean for divorcing couples (& their lawyers)?

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