The Vale of Glamorgan Council has consulted interested parties on a plan to move Wenvoe footpath 21 in connection with a development to the west of Port Road. The council wants to shift the path next to the new development.
The path, a historic route which runs from east of Burdonshill north to Wenvoe Wood and thence into Wenvoe, is shown on maps going back to the late nineteenth century.
Says Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘There is no need to move the path in order to carry out the development and we cannot understand why the council is doing this. The path itself is a historic route of considerable interest. It commands fine views over the Bristol Channel, Brean Down and Flat Holm, and it passes beside the ancient woodland of Wenvoe Wood. The land it crosses is designated as the Vale of Glamorgan Special Landscape Area.
‘The proposed diversion on the other hand is grossly inferior, it would run close to the new development, with no views and no sense of history.
‘We have urged the council to abandon this plan.’