Plans to open a wakeboarding facility at Cosmeston Country Park will no longer go ahead following a decision by the Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
It had previously been proposed that the Council would work with a commercial watersports operator to introduce cable-wakeboarding to the eastern lake as part of a programme of work to generate additional income and tourism opportunities for the country park.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, said: “It was always my intention to review this proposal which I was never convinced was suitable for Cosmeston.
“There is an obvious need to safeguard the future of the Vale’s country parks through introducing appropriate new attractions and suitable commercial activities, but these must be just that – appropriate and suitable.
“We have an equally important responsibility to safeguard the park’s natural environment and after speaking with residents and consulting with the local elected members I remained far from convinced that wakeboarding was appropriate for Cosmeston.
“Ultimately the park belongs to the public that use it and it is their views that have prompted me to take the decision that the scheme should not progress.”
The proposed operator was informed of the Council’s decision in December. While there remains a planning application in progress for the scheme, the Council as landowner at Cosmeston will not now be permitting any new facility to be built.
Cllr Kathryn McCaffer, Local Member for the Plymouth ward in Penarth, said: “I am delighted that the Leader and my colleagues have come to this decision.
“I have always maintained that wakeboarding was an inappropriate use in the context of Cosmeston Country Park. Whilst I fully recognise that we need to encourage a wide range of activities and attractions, those must be in keeping with the special environmental qualities of the Park”.