We demand the Vale of Glamorgan council reject the proposal for wake-boarding at the tranquil Cosmestson Lakes Country Park and nature reserve. The VoG council owns the park.
The proposal requires “New installation of electric cable wakeboarding system equipment and a mechanical store, new installation of male changing facilities and the Wake Park Reception; conversion of park’s store room to house a female changing area at Cosmeston visitor centre.” It includes a 6 square metre shipping container behind the southern pylon to house the power supply and controlling equipment for the wakeboarding cable system, floating features to be tethered in position with anchors lines to
the lake floor, a pontoon and trees may be felled.
Over 28,000 have already signed a petition against it, yet the council has allowed this to go to the planning committee. The peace and tranquility of Cosmeston country park would be seriously disturbed by commercial cable-wakeboarding where wakeboarders towed by a wire steer around obstacles.
We object to the visual impact of ugly 'tower-supports for the towing wires, also noise from wakeboards hitting the water. and from the PA system. This will be worse during the competitions as scheduled. The Council claim of environment-friendly is false, when such noisy water activity will scare off many if not all the visiting and resident birds.
The lake has a resident population of up to 60 Mute Swans. some of which nest, occasionally a similar number of Canada Geese, 100's of Gulls and Coot, other wildfowl from autumn through to spring, birds such as Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting which nest in the reed bed and would doubtless be disturbed by the wakeboards' wash.
Cosmeston country park and nature reserve is a success story and loved by the community. Please scrap the whole idea of wake-boarding at Cosmeston.
Please don't sign if you dont live in the UK