§ 13. Mr. Gower
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if, in view of opposition by residents at Whitchurch, near Cardiff, to a proposal by British Railways to establish a coal depot near College Road, Whitchurch, alongside a residential area mostly developed during the last 15 years, he will use his powers to protect the interests of the local residents.
§ Mr. Ifor Davies
The proposal, so far as it required planning approval, was a matter for the local planning authority. My right hon. Friend sees no grounds for intervening.
§ Mr. Gower
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that recently a business man was refused permission to have an office in his house because it would destroy the amenities of the area, yet at the same time British Railways are creating a coal depot on the very doorsteps of these houses? Is not this an absurdity, and will 700 he make representations to British Railways to protect the amenities of these people?
§ Mr. Davies
My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the Railways Board, which is the responsible body in this case, together with the local authorities concerned, will see to it that the depot is run with proper regard to the amenities of the people living in the area.