Weʼre raising £10,000 to support additional legal costs, as we continue to campaign to stop a sewage pumping station being built on Hailey Park.
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Save Hailey Park
Thanks to the generosity of local people and our supporters, weʼve raised over £11,000 to fund a legal campaign to stop a sewage pumping station being built on Hailey Park, Llandaf North, Cardiff. As legal costs rise, we are seeking to raise further funds, with a new target of £10,000.
With an incredible show of support from the local community we raised £5,000 in two weeks to reach our initial target :) This is an amazing show of support in such a short time. This funding allowed us to employ a senior barrister to advise us on our legal case.
Our barrister informed us that we do have grounds to seek a judicial review, and we have continued to fundraise to take forward our legal action.
In October 2022 our legal team wrote to Cardiff Council, inviting them to concede to quashing their planning committee decisions to grant permission to build the sewage pumping station compound on Hailey park and send Plasdwr sewage over to Llandaff North. Cardiff council refused to do this, and stated their intent to fight us in court.
In Nov 2022 our legal team lodged an application for a judicial review with the High Court, and we are currently awaiting a reply to see if they will accept our application.
Therefore, as legal costs increase, we are continuing to fundraise towards the costs of our legal campaign.
For more information about Hailey Park and other aspects of the plans to develop it, please see below for details...
Hailey Park is a crucial green space, much loved by the local community, and also a designated Site of Interest for Nature Conservation with Green Flag status.
It is a haven for wildlife, helps to protect us from flooding, and supports the health and well-being of scores of people, locally and beyond, who use the park daily.
Over 7,000 houses are being built across the river, in the controversial Plasdwr development in Radyr - and now the developers, Redrow, are backtracking and saying there is no capacity on that side of the river to deal with Plasdwr's sewage, despite being granted planning permission for the housing development based on 4 original options to deal with its sewage, and no explanation of why these are no longer suitable and why Hailey park must be used.
On 8th September, Cardiff Council granted planning permission for sewage to be pumped from Plasdwr to Llandaff North, and for a sewage pumping station to be built on Hailey Park... all without demanding a drainage and sewerage strategy be in place (ie a Hydraulic Modelling Assessment and an Environmental Impact Assessment)
As a result, part of our beautiful Hailey Park will be destroyed forever, and will be put at risk of future developments.
We also think that this option is not the best for Cardiff, and that Welsh Water should invest in better infrastructure on the Plasdwr side of the river to separate sewage and flood water, to avoid the hundreds of hours of raw sewage pumped into our waterways and seas: pumping it to Hailey Park does not address this is the cheapest option, and all about maximising profits for the developer.
Fundraising for Legal Advice.
It is our view, confirmed by our barrister, that there have been flaws in the planning processes: therefore Llandaff North Residents Association is continuing to raise funds to support our legal challenge, to fight this decision and protect our park for the community, for nature, our waterways, and for future generations.
If people give what they can we will do our very best to fight this unjust development on our park!
Remember, Welsh Water have already said the new pumping station will need upgrading in 15 years. This is just the start of development on our park, and why we must fight this off now!
Together we are stronger - please help us fight this on your behalf!
Thank you so much for your time and support.
(Separate to the legal challenge, we have discovered that Cardiff Council have agreed to lease Hailey Park land for the sewage pumping station compound, without which it couldn't go ahead! For more information visit:
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