Tip deal be­tween coun­cil and health board to be scru­ti­nised

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A COUN­CIL scru­tiny com­mit­tee is to ex­am­ine the sale of the only tip in north Cardiff which closed last month.

The Wedal Road House­hold Waste and Re­cy­cling Cen­tre was closed in March with­out a re­place­ment be­ing found.

Cardiff coun­cil had agreed to sell the land to Cardiff and Vale Univer­sity Health Board to de­velop the site but the deal is set to come under tighter scru­tiny af­ter a Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor called-in the au­thor­ity’s de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Lyn Hud­son has raised con­cerns the deal be­tween the coun­cil and the health board will not re­flect the true mar­ket value of the site.

She has told the coun­cil: “I am con­cerned that the off-mar­ket sale will not re­flect mar­ket value or above mar­ket value of this site sit­u­ated in Cardiff North.

“There are very few sites that af­ford the scope and size of the area con­tained within the Wedal Road House­hold Waste and Re­cy­cling Cen­tre site.”

Cllr Hud­son has called on the coun­cil to “look at the full value of the land in re­spect of its po­ten­tial, pri­mar­ily for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, in keep­ing with sur­round­ing ar­eas which are rel­a­tively mod­ern and sit­u­ated along­side the for­mer house­hold waste and re­cy­cling cen­tre”.

She added: “This is prime res­i­den­tial land and eval­u­ated in re­la­tion to other res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments in the north of the city.”

A coun­cil Pol­icy Re­view and Per­for­mance Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee has also been asked to in­ves­ti­gate if the Wedal Road site is set to be sold be­low its true value. The hear­ing to­mor­row will also con­sider whether or not the coun­cil took the right de­ci­sion to with­draw the site from auc­tion in or­der to do a deal with the health board.

The com­mit­tee could re­fer the de­ci­sion back to the coun­cil’s cab­i­net for re­con­sid­er­a­tion.

A spokesman for Cardiff and Vale UHB said: “Cardiff and Vale UHB have been ne­go­ti­at­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of a site on Wedal Road, cur­rently owned by Cardiff City Coun­cil, under the Welsh Gov­ern­ment land trans­fer pro­to­col. As is a re­quire­ment of the pro­to­col a joint val­u­a­tion was com­mis­sioned to de­ter­mine the site value.”

Cardiff coun­cil’s re­cy­cling chief Michael Michael has pre­vi­ously said it would look at pre­par­ing a busi­ness case for open­ing a new tip – and that it might only be­come vi­able if the pop­u­la­tion grows.

The coun­cil has also said the Wedal Road site was not a vi­able op­tion longterm due to its size and ac­cess con­straints.

The coun­cil has been con­tacted for com­ment.

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