Campaigners who spent years battling plans to develop a popular parkland have reacted with anger after their bid to see it recognised as a village green was officially rejected.
Local councillors hoping to stop a school being built on Rumney Recreation Ground said they were “appalled” at the decision by Cardiff council’s public protection committee to reject village green status being granted to the playing fields.
The decision effectively ends the three-and-a-half year fight to protect the land from development.
Llanrumney councillor Heather Joyce, the acting leader of the city’s Labour group, said: “I am appalled at today’s decision. It is unbelievable that Coun Geraldine Grant chose to reject the application. Her constituents in Trowbridge St Mellons will suffer as a result. She could have given more time to consider the contradictions in the report. Instead she chose to put her party before the people.”
Fellow Llanrumney councillor Jackie Parry added: “Llanrumney councillors have supported our local community throughout the fight to save the Rec and we will carry on doing exactly that.”
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