Cardiff Civic Society response to LDP Draft Delivery Agreement

 1 INTRODUCTION Replacement Review We welcome Council’s recognition that a full Replacement Review is needed, given the extensive contextual changes since the adoption of the current LDP in January 2016. We want this to take a comprehensive view that will put the needs of the city’s residents and the welfare of future generations ahead of the demands … Continue reading Cardiff Civic Society response to LDP Draft Delivery Agreement

Decision could see more blocks of flats for city

None of the 432 apartments will be classed as “affordable” housing. This article first appeared in the South Wales Echo on April 16, 2016 ALEX SEABROOK South Wales Echo Local Democracy Reporter alex.seabrook@reachplc.com · Apr 16, 2021 TWO huge apartment blocks could be built in the heart of Cardiff – depending on a decision next week. Developers … Continue reading Decision could see more blocks of flats for city

Potentially dangerous new buildings – the questions Cardiff Council must answer

Pic: 'Building boom' William Murphy Cardiff Civic Society are concerned to have it confirmed in the South Wales Echo (29 March 2021) that Cardiff council has not had a building control operational manager since at least September 2020.  A spokesperson for the Council said Mr James Clemence, the head of planning is now responsible for … Continue reading Potentially dangerous new buildings – the questions Cardiff Council must answer

Cardiff council bid to attract Brexit museum to Bute Park

Image credit: Tim Reckman By: Bjorn Sharry, Business Reporter Cardiff council is the running to attract the proposed Brexit museum to the capital city.  Papers to the Cardiff city council cabinet reveal that council officers favour Bute park as the ideal site. Len Foole, Cardiff’s head of capital projects said:  “People might object to the … Continue reading Cardiff council bid to attract Brexit museum to Bute Park

EXCLUSIVE: Cardiff Council operating without an operational manager for building control since at least September 2020

Building control staff are responsible for protecting people from cowboy builders and unsafe practices Cardiff city centre from Penarth Moors, September 2020. Pic: Richard Szwejkowski Cardiff Council has operated without a head of building control since at least September 2020, according to the latest published organisational charts for the local authority. According to the Local … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Cardiff Council operating without an operational manager for building control since at least September 2020

‘Come clean on planned park sale’, say Bay residents

The Friends of Britannia Park have written a formal complaint to Cardiff Council about its controversial plans to sell a much loved children's park Cardiff County Hall (left) at sunset. Pic: Geraint Rowland The Friends of Britannia Park have written an official complaint to Cardiff Council. The complaint questions the council's claim that unelected official, … Continue reading ‘Come clean on planned park sale’, say Bay residents

Cardiff Civic Society launches its 2021 manifesto

The Pierhead building, part of the Senedd's estate. Pic: Dave Griffiths Cardiff Civic Society has launched an ambitious manifesto before the 2021 Senedd elections. cardiff-civic-soc-manifesto-2021Download Among the demands are the following:  *Better protection of our green spaces – especially as Cardiff only has 8.04 per cent publicly available green space, compared to 15.38 in Birmingham.  … Continue reading Cardiff Civic Society launches its 2021 manifesto

Channel View estate – residents’ concerns need to be addressed

The Marl, Cardiff. Photo: Jeremy Segrott Cardiff Civic Society has been approached by a number of concerned residents about the redevelopment of the Channel View estate. Their concerns include. *Loss of community. Some homes will be demolished and the occupants rehoused. However, there is no guarantee that they will be re-housed in Grangetown, nor that … Continue reading Channel View estate – residents’ concerns need to be addressed

Exclusive: CPS Homes’ tree felling contractors breached health and safety law at Suffolk House

One year on and Cllr Caro Wild still refuses to strengthen tree protections. Working in the dark, without proper lighting, CPS Homes' contractors attach a rope to tear down a 150 year old copper beech. Acorn tree services were subsequently issued with a notification of contravention by the Health and Safety Executive A year ago … Continue reading Exclusive: CPS Homes’ tree felling contractors breached health and safety law at Suffolk House

In memoriam: Suffolk House trees felled a year ago this week

The woeful catalogue of events leading to the felling of the trees at Suffolk House is a stain upon the local authority planning committee. Acorn tree services on behalf of CPS Homes/Quin & Co destroying a 150 copper beech tree, 8 March 2020 A year ago this week, following a decision by Cardiff Council to … Continue reading In memoriam: Suffolk House trees felled a year ago this week

Cardiff Council responsible for plan to site Military Medicine Museum on children’s park

Military Medicine Museum Trust say council persuaded them to favour Britannia Park for their new five storey building An exhibit from the National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, which recreates a Union field hospital at the battle of Gettysburg. Photo credit: Taylor Studios Cardiff council's economic development department, led by Cllr Russell Goodway are … Continue reading Cardiff Council responsible for plan to site Military Medicine Museum on children’s park

Proposed Military Medicine Museum WILL lead to loss of green space. Claims otherwise are false.

Stavros S Niarchos, a tall ship owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, docked by Britannia Park, which is set to be built on by the Military Medicine Museum trust. Pic: Elliot Brown Some Cardiff Councillors are claiming that the new Military Medicine Museum at Britannia Park will not be going on green … Continue reading Proposed Military Medicine Museum WILL lead to loss of green space. Claims otherwise are false.

@huwthomas_Wales dismisses concerns about children’s rights and threatened loss of Britannia Park playground

The Museum of Military Medicine proposal fits well with the Council’s aspirations for Britannia Park, says leader Leader refuses to answer how plans to remove and relocate playground accord with Cardiff's child friendly city policy and its duty to provide sufficient play opportunities to children Leader seems to dismiss claims that children from deprived areas … Continue reading @huwthomas_Wales dismisses concerns about children’s rights and threatened loss of Britannia Park playground

Enwogion, Amgylcheddwyr, Arweinwyr Crefyddol a’r Celfyddydau yn ymuno â’r cor o leisiau sy’n mynnu ‘Achubwch Parc Britannia’ o’r Amgueddfa Meddygaeth Filwrol

Dros 50 o unigolion yn ymuno mewn undod i gefnogi Cyfeillion Parc Britannia i wrthwynebu cynlluniau ar gyfer Amgueddfa Meddygaeth Filwrol Beirniadu y Cyngor am ganiatáu gwerthu'r parc yn hytrach na diogelu man gwyrdd agored hanfodol ym Mae Caerdydd Bydd y cynlluniau'n mynd i Bwyllgor Cynllunio Cyngor Caerdydd ddydd Mercher Gwrthwynebiadau pellach yn ymwneud â … Continue reading Enwogion, Amgylcheddwyr, Arweinwyr Crefyddol a’r Celfyddydau yn ymuno â’r cor o leisiau sy’n mynnu ‘Achubwch Parc Britannia’ o’r Amgueddfa Meddygaeth Filwrol

Celebrities, Environmentalists, Religious Leaders and the Arts join the Chorus of Voices demanding ‘Save Britannia Park’ from the Military Medicine Museum

Over 50 individuals join in solidarity to support the Friends of Britannia Park in opposing plans for a Military Medicine Museum They round on the Council for allowing the sale of the park and not protecting a vital open green space in Cardiff Bay The plans will go to Cardiff Council Planning Committee on Wednesday … Continue reading Celebrities, Environmentalists, Religious Leaders and the Arts join the Chorus of Voices demanding ‘Save Britannia Park’ from the Military Medicine Museum

Play Wales call on #Cardiff council to spare children’s playground from heartless developer’s axe

Time and time again, children say play is important to them Legal duty on local authorities to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their area Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how important access to good outdoor space for health and well-being is Many children and families living near the proposed development do not … Continue reading Play Wales call on #Cardiff council to spare children’s playground from heartless developer’s axe

#Cardiff cabinet members for parks and children face serious questions for ignoring children’s rights

Children's playground, Britannia Park, Butetown - under threat from council plans for a military museum Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff cabinet's member for parks and Cllr Graham Hinchey, the cabinet member for children face serious questions about their plans to sell land at Britannia Park to the museum for military medical history and its impact on … Continue reading #Cardiff cabinet members for parks and children face serious questions for ignoring children’s rights

Merry Christmas! #Cardiff council officials confirm children’s playground under threat of removal thanks to military museum

Longer term, having the play area so close to the new building may not be desirable for either the play area or Museum, says council Loss of the play facility for any period of time is unlikely to be seen as acceptable by the public, admits council - yet recommends pressing ahead with military museum … Continue reading Merry Christmas! #Cardiff council officials confirm children’s playground under threat of removal thanks to military museum

Local Labour councillor objects to #Cardiff military museum plans

Reclaim Cardiff protest in solidarity with local residents against a military museum in Britannia Park, 12 December 2020 Butetown councillor Saeed Ebrahim has voiced his objections to plans for a military museum on a children's play area in his ward. Writing in a formal objection to Cardiff council, he said: “I am acting on behalf … Continue reading Local Labour councillor objects to #Cardiff military museum plans

Decision day: #Cardiff planning committee to decide on proposed Military museum on Wednesday 16 December

Anger as plans for a Military Museum on the site of children's playground in Butetown take a step forward 'From Pit to Port' a sculpture commemorating Wales' proud mining history. The future of the statue is uncertain as Cllr Huw Thomas wants to build a British military history museum where it is sited Cardiff planning … Continue reading Decision day: #Cardiff planning committee to decide on proposed Military museum on Wednesday 16 December

@huwthomas_Wales must issue a repairs notice on #Cardiff Coal Exchange

Drone footage taken on October 19, 2020, show the roof to be in a serious state of disrepair. Detail of roof damage on the Coal Exchange Text of an open letter to Cllr Huw Thomas, the leader of Cardiff council from Cardiff Civic Society: Dear Councillor Thomas, Cardiff Civic Society and Save the Coal Exchange … Continue reading @huwthomas_Wales must issue a repairs notice on #Cardiff Coal Exchange

Cllr Goodway “acutely aware” of concerns at loss of #Cardiff’s much loved old buildings

Cabinet member for development claims groups identify "what they consider heritage buildings but that do not enjoy listed status, such that it is difficult to justify a council intervention" Cardiff Coal Exchange a grade 2* listed building with extensive roof damage (bottom left) In a statement to Cardiff council on 26 November, Cllr Russell Goodway … Continue reading Cllr Goodway “acutely aware” of concerns at loss of #Cardiff’s much loved old buildings

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