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 plans anyway

Source of funding need to be identify to fund removal

Britannia Park playground, Butetown, Cardiff is under threat by plans for a military museum, admit Cardiff council officials

Cardiff planning officials recommend that permission be granted to build a military museum on one of the last green space in Butetown. According to officials in Cardiff’s park department in a report to the planning committee:

“The Development [of a military museum at Britannia Park] involves a loss of open space.
Much of the space occupied by the Museum is laid to gravel but there is also
some impact on the play area and part of the grass area (558m2), both of
which are regularly used by the public.
“The presence of a café and toilets accessible to the public within the building
would have major benefit to people using the surrounding open spaces.
The DAS indicates that ‘the children’s play area would lose approximately
130m2 of space but as much of it is laid to grass without play equipment it is
felt that the play space could be better configured to make use of the remaining
area’. I make a number of points on this :
There is currently no largescale detailed plan indicating how the play area
will be affected.
This is essential to establish whether the building will impinge
on the grass area only or upon the safety zones of the current equipment,
determining whether the main equipment would need to be moved or just
minor items of equipment relocated. The equipment currently present is of
variable condition and age but any relocation of equipment and safety
surfacing would require funding. The current play area is widely used by a
number of families living locally as well as people visiting Britannia Quay.
“The entrances to the play area are located on the opposite side of the building
and so will be unaffected by the Museum.
During construction of the building consideration needs to be given as to
whether the play area will need to be closed for safety reasons and loss of the
play facility for any period of time is unlikely to be seen as acceptable by the
public.
However Parks have no objection to its relocation if a suitable site and
funding can be found and it represents an opportunity to provide a new high
quality play environment to enhance the open space.
Longer term, having the play area so close to the new building may not be
desirable for either the play area or Museum,
so it is advisable that proposals
are considered for an alternative location. I understand that a landscape study
is due to be undertaken to cover this area up to the barrage and this would
need to identify an alternative location for the play area and sources of funding.

“Much depends on the timescale for construction of the building as alterations
to the play area would not be required until just before building work is due to
start.”

For more details read the planning department’s report on the military museum to the planning committee (pars 5.3 onwards). Our emphasis in bold.

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