Civic Society responds to Cardiff Council plans to build a Cycleway through Bute Park

Here is the text of our formal response to Cardiff Council consultation on their proposals to build a Cycleway through from Western Avenue to Cowbridge Road East through Bute Park and Sophia Gardens 1.  CONTEXT:  This consultation is part of a process to implement a policy for a ‘Cycling Superhighway’.  The current phase is being … Continue reading Civic Society responds to Cardiff Council plans to build a Cycleway through Bute Park

Cycle super highway – @carowild’s secret plans for Sophia Gardens, #Cardiff

Current bike path, Sophia Gardens (Neil Schofield) An open letter to Councillor Wild, published in this week's South Wales Echo As no reply to Cardiff Civic Society’s questions have been forthcoming, we would like to raise these points in a public forum. We have been made aware that new plans exist for parts of the … Continue reading Cycle super highway – @carowild’s secret plans for Sophia Gardens, #Cardiff

Yes – #Cardiff councillors can hold a vote on chair of planning

Boost to campaign for people's voices to be heard on controversial schemes Main entrance to Cardiff City Hall, Richard Williams Davina Fiore, Cardiff council's head of governance has confirmed that any councillor can call for a recorded vote to appoint the chair of planning. Current practice is to appoint the chair of planning without a … Continue reading Yes – #Cardiff councillors can hold a vote on chair of planning

Ni ddylai cadeirydd cynllunio Caerdydd fod yn benodiad pleidiol

Mae Cymdeithas Ddinesig Caerdydd yn galw am benodi cadeirydd cynllunio pwerus yn annibynnol, fel y gellir clywed llais y cyhoedd. Dylai teyrngarwch cyntaf y cadeirydd cynllunio fod i bobl Caerdydd; nid i'r blaid sy’n dal pwer.   Zenith a adnabuwyd fel 'adeliad hyllaf Caerdydd' a gymeradwywyd yn ddiweddar gan pwyllgor cynllunio'r sir. Mae Cymdeithas Ddinesig … Continue reading Ni ddylai cadeirydd cynllunio Caerdydd fod yn benodiad pleidiol

Revealed: Shocking Scale of Damage to Roof of #Cardiff Coal Exchange

Exlusive new drone photography show extent of neglect Demands that Cardiff Council and Cadw, the national heritage body take action Damage to roof of Coal Exchange, 19 October 2020. Exclusive drone photographs reveal the extent of the damage to the roof of Cardiff's Coal Exchange. With regard to the restoration of the Coal Exchange, in … Continue reading Revealed: Shocking Scale of Damage to Roof of #Cardiff Coal Exchange

Cardiff chair of planning should not be a party appointment

Cardiff Civic Society calls for powerful planning chair to be appointed independently, so that the voice of the public can be heard. Write to your councillor asking them to demand a free vote on the chair of planning!   The Zenith student accomodation block, "the ugliest building in Cardiff" was approved by the city's planning … Continue reading Cardiff chair of planning should not be a party appointment

Put people and places of Butetown first

Cardiff's Coal Exchange Cardiff Civic Society is calling on Cardiff Council’s cabinet to lead Wales by taking a new approach to the places we live. Council’s cabinet should shelve grandiose plans for an expensive new arena, a new council headquarters and a Museum of Military Medicine, and instead focus on building a better Butetown. The … Continue reading Put people and places of Butetown first

Time for Welsh Government to rescue the Coal Exchange

Cardiff's Coal Exchange Cardiff Civic Society and Save the Coal Exchange have joined forces to ask the Welsh Government to step in to save this historic building for the nation. “The company that owns the Coal Exchange building in Cardiff has gone into administration, and the future of the building is once again uncertain,” says … Continue reading Time for Welsh Government to rescue the Coal Exchange

Proposed Velindre cancer centre an ‘archaic model’

A recent socially distanced protest at the Northern Meadows, Whitchurch A letter to the editor of the South Wales Echo published on 4 August 2020 Dear letters, In his open letter, Dr Ashley Roberts, Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, describes a stand-alone cancer centre such as the one proposed by Velindre as … Continue reading Proposed Velindre cancer centre an ‘archaic model’

#Cardiff parks: @PEBradbury refuses to take further action against weedkiller linked to cancer

Fairwater park, Cardiff Cardiff's Cabinet Member for Parks acknowledges that the Vale of Glamorgan council has stopped using Glyphosate in a selection of its parks, but he refuses to commit to similar action in the capital In a recent letter to the Civic Society (below), Cllr Peter Bradbury answers some of our most recent questions … Continue reading #Cardiff parks: @PEBradbury refuses to take further action against weedkiller linked to cancer

Leckwith Quays development does not comply with national or local policy

Otters, badgers and bats all under threat from developers HERE IS THE TEXT OF CARDIFF CIVIC SOCIETY'S RESPONSE TO THE PRE-APPLICATION CONSULTATION ON LECKWITH QUAY : JUNE 2020 Cardiff Civic Society has the following comments on this consultation: 1. The Planning Report (PR 2.1.4) states that in planning policy terms the site - the majority … Continue reading Leckwith Quays development does not comply with national or local policy

“Concerning and disappointing” – Cardiff council continue to mow flowers and use poisonous weed killer

Management of Council Land – grass mowing and glyphosate use Text of Cardiff Civic Society to Peter Bradbury, the Cabinet Member for Parks, Cardiff Council Thank you for your response to our letter about grass mowing and glyphosate use (attached below) We are pleased that you have agreed to increase areas where the land will … Continue reading “Concerning and disappointing” – Cardiff council continue to mow flowers and use poisonous weed killer

Find another location for the Velindre Cancer Centre! #SaveNorthernMeadows

Cardiff Civic Society and Save the Northern Meadows campaign have joined forces to urge the Velindre Cancer Centre to find another location for the hospital. The tragedy of Covid-19 has illustrated beyond all doubt how much the citizens of Cardiff depend on green space for health and well-being, and the Northern Meadows provide an oasis … Continue reading Find another location for the Velindre Cancer Centre! #SaveNorthernMeadows

“If it wasn’t so upsetting it would be laughable” – residents’ despair as #Cardiff council allow fenced pitch on #SanatoriumPark

By Llio Elgar, a supporter of the Sanatorium Park campaign Cardiff Council is proposing to build a fenced in football pitch on Sanatorium Park. They began building it in the incorrect corner of the park but stopped. It's now being taken down but the land remains fenced in for two months as the grass grows … Continue reading “If it wasn’t so upsetting it would be laughable” – residents’ despair as #Cardiff council allow fenced pitch on #SanatoriumPark

Famous faces call on @huwthomas_Wales to drop his plans for a military museum

Planned site for Huw Thomas' military museum: Britannia Park and children's playground with the Norwegian Church in the background Prominent voices in public life have expressed doubts about Huw Thomas' plans to attract a military museum from Aldershot to Cardiff Bay. Cardiff residents also spoke up against their leader's plans. Writing in the Western Mail, … Continue reading Famous faces call on @huwthomas_Wales to drop his plans for a military museum

Beat the deadline: object to new houses in Ely river countryside near Leckwith!

Ely trail, Leckwith, near the proposed new housing development Cardiff Civic Society is calling on residents to beat the deadline for objections to plans for new houses in a woodland area in Leckwith You can object by writing to: <info@leckwithquays.co.uk><ecology@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk>, <developmentcontrol@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk> Cardiff Civic Society objects to these plans to build a new housing estate the … Continue reading Beat the deadline: object to new houses in Ely river countryside near Leckwith!

Llandaff Fields Trees: @cardiffcouncil finally admits that developers’ actions were in conflict with planning conditions

Source: Bute Park Alliance; The Rise (Cardiff) Ltd developers (planning application) Discussions were not formally completed and approved prior to the works being undertaken Sub-optimal context ahead of the tree works taking place Dialogue fell short of the Council formally giving the final approval for the works on Council land Discrepancies between the Arboricultural Method … Continue reading Llandaff Fields Trees: @cardiffcouncil finally admits that developers’ actions were in conflict with planning conditions

The three questions Cardiff council refuses to answer about felled trees in Llandaff Fields

Contractors at the Rise, Penhill Road, Llandaff on the day trees were felled Nerys Lloyd Pierce, the Chair of Cardiff Civic Society said: "We have three questions that Cardiff Council have so far refused to answer.  These are:   Planning conditions - detailed in the arboculturalist's report - stated that tree felling should not take … Continue reading The three questions Cardiff council refuses to answer about felled trees in Llandaff Fields

The three questions Cardiff council refuses to answer about felled trees in Llandaff Fields

Contractors at the Rise, Penhill Road, Llandaff on the day trees were felled Nerys Lloyd Pierce, the Chair of Cardiff Civic Society said: "We have three questions that Cardiff Council have so far refused to answer.  These are:   Planning conditions - detailed in the arboculturalist's report - stated that tree felling should not take … Continue reading The three questions Cardiff council refuses to answer about felled trees in Llandaff Fields

Penhill House tree felling “does not result in unacceptable harm to trees of amenity” says Cardiff Council planning chief

Trees removed were not of high quality Professional Technical Officers did not object Development does not result in unacceptable harm to trees of amenity, indeed it offers considerable gains in terms of new trees Here is the text of an email from James Clemence, head of planning at Cardiff council to a local resident today … Continue reading Penhill House tree felling “does not result in unacceptable harm to trees of amenity” says Cardiff Council planning chief

How did Cardiff council respond to tree felling in Llandaff Fields?

Works at Penhill Road - the gap is where mature Sycamores stood until 8 June No fundamental breach of planning consent Bird nesting concerns a matter for the Police and Natural Resources Wales Cardiff Council have responded to widespread public concern and anger at the felling of mature Sycamores on public land by private developers … Continue reading How did Cardiff council respond to tree felling in Llandaff Fields?

Will Cardiff residents end up paying for Huw Thomas’ military medicine museum?

Britannia Park, Butetown, future site of the Military Medical Museum Cllr Huw Thomas the leader of Cardiff council claims his plans to locate a military museum on a park in Butetown won't cost anything to the city or its residents. But is this really the case? Does the military museum have a viable business plan? … Continue reading Will Cardiff residents end up paying for Huw Thomas’ military medicine museum?

Llandaff Fields tree felling – the urgent questions that need answers

Trees being felled from within Llandaff Fields public park Cardiff Council has reached a nadir, even by its own standards.  This time, Cardiff Council planning committee sanctioned the felling of mature trees within the park, effectively prioritising the needs of the developer - who wanted a view for his new apartment block - over the … Continue reading Llandaff Fields tree felling – the urgent questions that need answers

Will @huwthomas_Wales plans for a Military Medicine Museum in Cardiff pay their own way?

Britannia Park, Butetown, site of Huw Thomas' proposed military museum Cllr Huw Thomas the leader of Cardiff council claims his plans to locate a military museum on a park in Butetown won't cost anything to the city or its residents. But is this really the case? Does the military museum have a viable business plan? … Continue reading Will @huwthomas_Wales plans for a Military Medicine Museum in Cardiff pay their own way?

#Cardiff residents ask council to stop indiscriminate mowing in city parks

People setting fire to grass mown by Cardiff Council in Tremorfa, May 2020. Photo @wildlypip Cardiff Civic Society, Cardiff Friends of the Earth, Cardiff Bat Group, Glamorgan Bird Club, Cardiff Extinction Rebellion, Cardiff Naturalists, and many others, have signed an open letter to Cardiff Council,  the Welsh Government,  Welsh Audit and Future Generations’ offices, requesting … Continue reading #Cardiff residents ask council to stop indiscriminate mowing in city parks