Tip deal between council and health board to be scrutinised
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.