AM's call for action over Ebbw Vale racetrack

AM's call for action over Ebbw Vale racetrack

AM's call for action over Ebbw Vale racetrack

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A TORY AM has called for the Welsh Government to act quickly over the release of common land to allow the £250 million Circuit of Wales motor racing facility to get started.

William Graham, Tory AM for South Wales East, has urged the Welsh Government to act quickly and conclude the process for releasing common land needed to start the Blaenau Gwent project.

The Welsh Government said an application to use common land was received in December and is being considered.

Mr Graham said: “I am concerned that the process of allowing the release of common land is yet to be concluded – preventing the commencement of this investment programme.

“Whilst I accept the need for all matters of planning law to be adhered to, we must ensure that this is concluded quickly so the project can start and the people ofBlaenau Gwent, and throughout Wales can benefit.”

A spokeswoman for the Heads of the Valleys Development company said: “We very much welcome the interest and support shown in the Circuit of Wales development by Mr Graham.

“We have had positive engagement and support from the Welsh Government in getting the project to where it currently stands. Quite naturally however, wWe are eager to get on site and commence construction as quickly as possible in order to bring new jobs to the area within the next few months and international motor sport to South Wales.

“Deregistration of the common land and finding replacement land is a process the project needs to go through and we hope this can be concluded as quickly as possible.”

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: “All the necessary planning approvals for this development are in place.

“An application to use common land was received in December and is currently being considered.”

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2:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

OldSlugs says...

Come on Cardiff Bay sort your act out and get things moving. This will soon move everything back 12 months.
Come on Cardiff Bay sort your act out and get things moving. This will soon move everything back 12 months. OldSlugs
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6:01pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Abertillery29 says...

Mustn't hurry W.A.G - lots of other things to sort out, Welsh language issues, education issues, health issues. Pushing the Silk report forward so they can have extra AMs, staff, allowances. Finally there must be some salary and pension rises for them to sort out. I wonder if this would be moving more quickly if it benefitted Welsh Wales?
Mustn't hurry W.A.G - lots of other things to sort out, Welsh language issues, education issues, health issues. Pushing the Silk report forward so they can have extra AMs, staff, allowances. Finally there must be some salary and pension rises for them to sort out. I wonder if this would be moving more quickly if it benefitted Welsh Wales? Abertillery29
  • Score: 2

7:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Magor says...

If this were in Cardiff it would be half built by now.
If this were in Cardiff it would be half built by now. Magor
  • Score: 3

8:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Magor wrote:
If this were in Cardiff it would be half built by now.
True, would also be true if the WAG was funding it or had anything to do with bringing it to Wales. But seeing as the only pat on the back for this development for them is by allowing the use of common land then there isn't much in it for them to process it faster, just goes to prove how self serving the wag really is
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: If this were in Cardiff it would be half built by now.[/p][/quote]True, would also be true if the WAG was funding it or had anything to do with bringing it to Wales. But seeing as the only pat on the back for this development for them is by allowing the use of common land then there isn't much in it for them to process it faster, just goes to prove how self serving the wag really is grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 3

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