Rumney Rec decision a ‘victory for David over Goliath’

September 9, 2011 6 Comments »

The group of local residents who successfully saved Rumney Rec from development last night declared the council’s decision as a “victory for David over Goliath”.

For Don Taylor and Mel Plenty it was the culmination of four years of tireless campaigning, which cost around £25,000 and took them all the way to a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court.

The first meeting of the Rumney Recreation and Eastern Leisure action group (Rreel) took place on August 29, 2007, in the Royal British Legion in Rumney.

Last night, an elated Mr Taylor, 64, celebrated the victory in the same venue, saying: “The people of Rumney and Llanrumney have done themselves proud.

“That we have managed to win, it’s a David and Goliath scenario where David has won against the mighty council.”

Mr Taylor did not want to criticise the council leader, Coun Rodney Berman, but he said he was pleased that the Liberal-Democrat executive of the authority had finally seen “common sense”.

“It’s a wonderful decision. It should have been made when we had our referendum and we had 96.3% of the area vote against this plan,” he said.

“We told them many years ago to build on Rumney High School, but today shows that the people of Rumney and Llanrumney will not be put down.

“This is not an affluent area of the city, but why should we put up with it? We have been able to show that we are a real community.”

Rreel action group raised £25,000 to launch a judicial review against the council’s decision not to grant the land protected village green status.

A hearing was held at Cardiff Crown last month, but the group recently abandoned the bid in the face of mounting legal costs.

Mr Plenty said Rumney Rec had been a public open space for more than 100 years and was at the heart of the community.

“This is a resounding victory for common sense and democratic perseverance. I am grateful to all those who have supported us over the past four years,” he said.

Alun Michael, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, said: “The local residents have been unbelievable with their defence of Rumney Rec.

“It’s a real boost for the area and a demonstration of the value of a united community.

“If the council had listened to the views of the local community, they would now have a new school half-built on the right site – they are the authors of their own misfortune.”

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  1. neil September 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    excellent news for the local people of east cardiff this school was never wanted on the rec . for the people who kept pushing and protesting against it the local people of east cardiff owe you a great debt for all your hard work

  2. GERALDINE EVANS September 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Tears cheers and hugs, when Don Taylor personally told many of the sudeen cave in and victory our immediate thought was 'pull the other one'…………..after 4 long years of total slog it's over. Village Green Status such come as a matter of corse, so we can all move on .

    Berman must of got wind that a green peace camp was about to be set-up on the proposed site of his concrete master-piece.
    Come on the Council be of good grace and good will and lets get it signed in stone that the green field stays, and this and futire Council Leaders 'Keep off our Grass'.Let Squie Williams rest in peace and his legacy live in the heart of the community unsullied.

  3. GERALDINE EVANS September 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm - Reply


  4. MR GREENWAY September 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Well its a result lets and every one in the community whom got involved one way or the other should be proud.
    I have put many posts on this subject living in the area for fifty years I was passionate about the issue…and strongly stand by what I wrote regarding these politicians my last comment being if Labour were in control at the next elections and went ahead with the destruction of the REC would these local councillors resign in protest as many politicians have regarding certain issues and stuck to their morals in backing what they told their voters with action not false hoods and excuses.
    Not one stated they would resign it takes alot to give up the gravy train..just recall that when you cast your vote next time for Mr Cook and co .
    After all it was Labour who passed the bill that opened the door for councils to build on playing fields and school and they kept that quite.

  5. disappointed September 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    How many of the people pictured or within the RREEL Action Group actually have children whose lives will now be affected by the loss of a state of the art school?

    • Martyn Wyatt September 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Build the new school in the grounds of the old school. Absolutely no need to build on our green spaces, simply to save a few sheckles.

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