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Public Meeting Held In Bonvilston On Gas Exploration Drilling Application

posted 13 May 2013, 09:51 by Ian Perry
A public meeting, called at short-notice last week, was held at the Reading Rooms in Bonvilston to discuss the planning application for exploration drilling for gas.  Alun Cairns MP, Andrew RT Davies AM and councillors Jeff James and Philip Clarke.  All appear to be against the proposals for gas exploration in the Vale, however, Councillor Rhodri Traherne is supporting the move, as he is to benefit from having the drilling carried out on his land.

The following press release has been released by the group opposing the planning application in Bonvilston/Llancarfan:



Local Vale-based AM, Andrew RT Davies, has attended a public meeting in relation to a planning application by Coastal Oil & Gas Ltd to test drill for gas reserves in the Llantrithyd area. The meeting was attended by over 50 local residents and showed the strength of local feeling against the proposed drilling. Wider concerns were also raised that successful tests could lead to the controversial gas extraction method, ‘fracking’, being introduced here in the Vale.


Mr Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, has written to the Vale council to formally object to the application.


He said: “It was great to see local residents out in such force to demonstrate the strength of local feeling in relation to the application.


“We have found recently, following an application in the Llandow area, that Welsh Government planning guidance isn't always overly sympathetic to residents’ concerns and it is vital that on this occasion these voices are heard.


“It is regrettable that the applicants have failed to take the time to consult with locals over their proposals because, had they done so, they may have appreciated how unsuitable this rural and isolated area is for an operation of this type and scale.


“I have formally submitted my objections to the council via the planning officer and I will be seeking clarification from the Welsh Government as to what action they are taking to clarify the position as this is an issue of national significance.  


“It is disappointing that the Minister has yet to offer greater clarity on this matter despite my repeated calls during and before the recent application in Llandow. This must now be addressed as a matter of priority.”