National Park’s Chief Executive apologises over Gilestone Report


Chris Gledhill, Chief
Executive for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said: 

“Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority has been presented with the
findings of an independent inquiry into the planning permission granted for a
caravan site at Gilestone Farm, in Talybont on Usk.

“The Gilestone Report was presented by its author Julie James of Clarks
Legal at a public meeting attended by the Authority’s Members and Chief

“Members, Chief Officers and I have expressed our shock and embarrassment at the
Gilestone Report’s findings.   I can report that the Authority has agreed to
implement all of the proposed recommendations.
“To progress this matter, the Authority
has nominated three members to monitor the implementation of the recommendations
and take a wider investigation into the processes, procedures, systems and
controls.  This report will come before
the Authority’s Internal Review Committee (IRC).  In addition a report will be prepared on the
planning options available which will go to a special meeting of the Planning
Access and Rights of Way Committee (PAROW).

“I want to offer my formal and sincere apologies for the failings of
the Authority to all those affected including concerned residents, community
councils, visitors, Members of the Authority and our staff.

“We are determined to restore
public confidence in our planning service and once again, we unreservedly apologise
to the community of Talybont on Usk and to our staff who are dedicated to
providing a vital service to our residents and visitors.”