Judicial Review of Rumney Rec Decision

Don Taylor, Chair of RREEL at Rumney Rec

RREEL Action Group yesterday served a formal letter on Cardiff Council as the first step in a possible judicial review challenge to the Council’s refusal to register Rumney Recreation ground as a Village Green. Lawyers acting for the community action group submitted a detailed letter setting out why the Councils’ failure to protect the green open space of Rumney Rec may be unlawful. The Council’s Public Protection Committee voted on 13 January 2011 not to register the Rec as a village green. The committee was split with all Lib Dem Councillors voting against registration. Lib Dem chair Cllr Ed Bridges used his casting vote to deny registration.

Don Taylor Chair of RREEL commented:

“We committed to fighting to save the Rec for current and future generations. We believe we have a very reasonable case that the decision was wrong. Cllr Derrick Morgan warned the Public Protection committee that we were contemplating this action. Tory, Labour and Plaid councillors on the committee all believed the Council should think again. Sadly Lib Dem members of that committee would not listen.”

We still believe this could be resolved without spending more Council tax payers’ money. However the ball is in the Council’s court. We had no choice but to take this step to protect the community’s interest.”

The lawyer assisting RREEL Vaughan Gething confirmed:

“The letter delivered today is the first formal stage before issuing any court proceedings. There are serious concerns about the advice the Council are relying upon. The Council now have 14 days to respond. “

Face to Face – Don Taylor

Cardiff East is proud to begin today a series of Face to Face interviews. Today we chat with Don Taylor the Chairman of RREEL (Rumney Recreation and Eastern Leisure Centre) Action Group.

This interview was carried by the Guardian Cardiff

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Don Taylor is on the phone. The chairman of Rumney Recreation and Eastern Leisure Centre Action Group (RREEL) is constantly being called while we sit at his dining room table, surrounded by copies of the latest campaign newsletter. This is typical, I am told, for the retired salesman who now devotes his time to leading the fight to save the park he loves – the Rumney Recreation Ground. Even Taylor is amazed that the campaign he has led is now almost three years old.

Don Taylor works on the latest campaign newsletter at his home. Photo: KP Jones

“It came to everyone’s notice in the papers that the Liberal-Democrat council wanted to build the new school, for this area, on the park. I was infuriated. In August 2007 I started the RREEL Action Group and it has just grown from there. We keep adding new supporters all the time.”

People were so incensed. We reached 8,000 signatures in just four weeks but the way this council is they tried to ignore it.”

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Sun shines on Llanrumney Festival

This is a blogpost which I originally wrote for the Guardian Cardiff blog here http://gu.com/p/2t2xf/tw

Sun shines on Llanrumney Festival

Guest blogger Keith Phillip Jones reports on the day’s events and ponders the uncertain future for the venue

The Llanrumney Festival site on the Rumney Recreation Ground. Photo: KP Jones

The weekend saw large numbers of festival goers gather under the blazing sun at the Rumney Recreation Ground for music, fairground rides, sport and community celebration.

By the time that Linda Bartlett, Chair of the Llanrumney Community Forum, opened the festival on Saturday morning, people of all generations were already streaming onto the site. Festival goers made their way to the Eastern Leisure Centre for the fairground, a myriad of stalls and to secure a place under the shade of the parkland’s trees.

The highest profile attendee of the weekend was the popular local MP Alun Michael – the former First Secretary of Wales, was recently re-elected to parliament for the sixth time to represent the people of Llanrumney within the constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth. The always sartorially immaculate Alun Michael, to the delight of festival goers, wore a ‘Save Rumney Rec’ campaign t-shirt as he toured the festival site.

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