Update on the Roath flood scheme development in Cardiff?

Jan 17, 2018 | Articles, Assembly Business, Cardiff | 0 comments

Plenary 17th January 2018

14:11
Watch on Senedd TV
Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on Welsh Government discussions with Natural Resources Wales about the Roath flood scheme development in Cardiff?

Hannah Blythyn AM

Hannah Blythyn AM

Title: Minister for Environment Party: Welsh Labour

Natural Resources Wales are responsible for the scheme. I met with their officials and elected representatives, including yourself, on 9 January to further discuss this scheme and the concerns of residents. During the meeting, NRW explained the reasons for the works and the options they had considered to alleviate flood risk.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Yes, and thanks for arranging that meeting. I think that was a useful clear-the-air meeting, as far as it went. The problem is, by that point, we already had many local residents protesting against the felling of trees by climbing up the trees and doing other activities on site. So, clearly, something did go wrong with the consultation. Could you now work with NRW to assess exactly what did go wrong and hopefully avoid this kind of repercussion in future schemes?

Hannah Blythyn AM

Hannah Blythyn AM

Title: Minister for Environment Party: Welsh Labour

Thank you for your question and your interest in this. Roath Brook Gardens and Roath Mill Gardens are the final phase of the flood alleviation works, and this process has been under way for five years. We’ve gone through planning and consultation and it’s now at the implementation stage. Residents’ concerns were raised very late in the process and at this final implementation stage. I called for a meeting with NRW at the earliest opportunity, in post, in order to understand the work and its impact on the parks. I understand that concerns had not been flagged up with the department prior to my coming into post.86

The consultation has been ongoing during this time and I’m happy to write to the Member, and other Members with an interest, with a full list of the public consultation, but throughout the scheme’s planning and construction phases, NRW have consulted with the local community, Cardiff council and stakeholders, and they confirm that this has included local AMs, MPs and councillors. I also understand that local councillors have been heavily involved though briefings, have attended most public meetings and have facilitated residents’ discussions. I know that NRW have tried to work constructively throughout the scheme to improve the scheme, to try and reflect residents’ views, and I know that that is ongoing, as NRW are meeting with residents as we speak to see if further resolution can be sought.