The Vale of Glamorgan Council is planning to sell off the site of the former livestock market at The Butts and offer the land to developers for the construction of a supermarket and a car park. The council's cabinet voted to seek a sale of the site on 8 January, indicating they intend to press on with the plans, despite opposition from local people who are angry that they have not been consulted.
With the support of the Cowbridge Chamber of Trade, a campaign group has been set up and local residents have been surveyed for alternative ideas for the use of the land. Many suggestions for other potential uses of the land have emerged.
Cowbridge resident and local business owner Sally Stephenson, the Lib Dem candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan in May’s Senedd elections, said: "These plans, put forward with no local consultation, are completely wrong. It just goes to show that the Vale of Glamorgan Council does not understand what Cowbridge wants and needs.
"I know first hand how challenging it is to run a business in Cowbridge. Our high street has struggled in recent years with rising rents, business rates and now Covid. But we have all worked together to make Cowbridge an attractive place to visit. I know people really value our independent high street and want to see our town thrive.
"We have a perfect opportunity to use the old cattle market site for the benefit of both local residents and the many independent businesses on our high street. Cowbridge is already home to three supermarkets: Filco, Tesco and Waitrose. Another supermarket is not the answer."
If you agree with Sally please sign the petition below:
I/we, the undersigned, call on the Vale of Glamorgan Council to abandon its plans to build a supermarket and car park on the site of the old livestock market at The Butts. We urge them instead to consult with local residents about what the site should used for.