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* SIR - It was interesting to note that Professor John Ball in his recent article criticising the WDA made no reference to the fact that for a number of years he was an employee of the organisation ("WDA's legacy is our present parlous economic state", Feb 29)!
Opposition parties expressed concerns about the way Mr Davies handled the process claiming he attacked and 'denigrated' the work of WDA staff.
But Jane Hutt, AM for the Vale of Glamorgan, said today that she had secured WDA funding for the former town hall and Central Park scheme.
The Tories have tabled a motion in the Assembly today calling on the Government to endorse the comments of Professor Brian Morgan that "the closure of the WDA and the abolition of the 'WDA brand' will probably go down in history as the worst policy decision made in Wales in living memory".
The WDA is due to be merged with the Assembly government from next April but morale is said to have slumped dramatically because of the uncertainty hanging over the future of the agency's staff.
At a public meeting in the village, resident John Lintern said: ``This development is equal to 12 football pitches and the WDA has not even got a customer for it.
Both reports highlight the importance and value of the WDA brand.
The WDA already holds outline planning consent for the use of the 90-acre site as a business park and UK Land & Property had submitted a detailed application for the new offices.
The WDA is also looking into the possibility of extending the 1825m runway by a further 175m or 825m - both of which would mean running the Vale railway line and B4265 through tunnels, and building a new main entrance at the north of the base.
Someone close to the company said: "They still see a positive value in the WDA brand, which they want to extract for the benefit of Wales and the Welsh Government.
Refusal of planning consent for the three storey office development is thought unlikely to impact on UK Land & Property's status as the WDA's preferred developer for the Bryn Cegin site.
``He had a political motive and his beef was not with the police officer but with the WDA,'' he said.
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