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”
In a statement to Cardiff council on 26 November, Cllr Russell Goodway (L-Ely), the cabinet member for development said:
“Councillors will acknowledge the administration’s commitment to protect and preserve the city’s listed buildings through a range of creative measures designed to restore and refurbish buildings and to bring them back into beneficial use. I am acutely aware of the criticism that the Council often receives when individuals or groups identify what they consider heritage buildings but that do not enjoy listed status, such that it is difficult to justify a Council intervention.”
In response, Nerys Lloyd-Pierce, the chair of Cardiff Civic Society said:
The Coal Exchange is a Grade 2* listed building, and one of the most significant buildings in Wales. It has been shamefully neglected. If Cardiff council is serious about protecting and preserving the city’s built heritage, then it should take immediate action to repair the Coal Exchange roof, which is open to the sky, and has been in this parlous state for years.
Cllr Goodway outlined plans to decision to acquire the buildings known as Cory’s Building and Merchant Place located at the junction of Bute Street and James Street in Cardiff Bay.
He said: “Councillors will be aware that these buildings have been unoccupied for some time and represent a blight, rather than the jewel, on the Bute Street landscape. Subject to the successful exchange and completion of contracts, the Council will seek further investment that will help restore the building and bring them back into beneficial use. The buildings will form an important element of the wider Bay development, linking Atlantic Wharf with the older heritage quarter of the bay, as well as into neighbouring communities.”
A spokesperson for Cardiff Civic Society said they would look forward to hearing more details about plans for Cory’s Building and Merchant Place which have the potential to improve the area and preserve an important part of the city’s history.