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PLANNERS STALL OVER PROPOSED BIRD HABITAT

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Members of Newport CBC face financial penalties after failing for the second time to make a decision on a proposed ...
Members of Newport CBC face financial penalties after failing for the second time to make a decision on a proposed bird reserve in Cardiff Bay, the Western Mail reports (p2).

Councillors on the planning committee yesterday decided to defer a ruling on the proposal to create a 500-acre wetland reserve, to replace habitats that will be lost when mudflats in Cardiff Bay are submerged by the new barrage.

Their first attempt to reach a decision, last month, ended when members refused to vote after part of the meeting was held in private. Their prevarication has led to calls for the Welsh Secretary to intervene.

Planning committee vice-chairman, Ron Jones, complained about the ability of the district auditor to surcharge members for delays: 'How can we make decisions on planning when this threat is hanging over our heads? There are nine people totally against the plan.

'I think it should really be taken out of our hands and given over to the Welsh Office. Let them make a decision on it.'
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