Why no face-to-face consultation on the ‘LDP’ (the ten year plan) for Cardiff?

Cardiff Council is reluctant to organise face to face sessions to listen to residents views on the next ten year plan. Graphic: Ron Mader Cardiff Council’s current consultation on their next 10 year plan (the Local Development Plan) is relying on online mechanisms which will exclude many citizens. There is appetite in a number of … Continue reading Why no face-to-face consultation on the ‘LDP’ (the ten year plan) for Cardiff?

Questions raised over city venues – Echo

St David's Hall. Pic: Walt Jabsco Martin Shipton, South Wales Echo, 15 June, 2021 This article was originally published in the South Wales Echo. Please support strong local journalism and buy a copy of your Echo regularly! A GROUP dedicated to preserving Cardiff’s heritage says it is worried that the city council held a top-level … Continue reading Questions raised over city venues – Echo

Everything you wanted to know about Cardiff’s replacement Local Development Plan

How to make your voice heard on the ten year plan for our city's future Blackweir bridge, Bute Park, Cardiff, pic: Jeremy Segrott Lyn Eynon from Cardiff Civic Society spoke to a packed public meeting on 8 June 2021 about the replacement local development plan (LDP). He said: We should all participate in the LDP … Continue reading Everything you wanted to know about Cardiff’s replacement Local Development Plan

Uncovered: Cardiff Council pledges NEVER to build on parks

Commitment from the ruling group would save Britannia Park children's playground from unwanted military museum "Please don't park your tanks on our children's playground!" Pic: Travis Despite it's bizarre plans to build a military museum on a children's playground and park in the deprived area of Butetown, Cardiff Civic Society can reveal that the council's … Continue reading Uncovered: Cardiff Council pledges NEVER to build on parks

“Let’s have our cake and eat it” – Cardiff Council on its planning committee

Altolusso, Cardiff with its controversial facade - courtesy of Cardiff's planning committee. Pic: Nick Cardiff Civic Society respond to Cardiff Council's misleading post on planning On 27 May, Cardiff Council posted a long Twitter post in defence of the Planning Committee. It is good to see Council engaging with citizens on planning. Some may even … Continue reading “Let’s have our cake and eat it” – Cardiff Council on its planning committee

Risk of confusion as council due to launch TWO huge consultations of the future of the city

'Greener, Fairer, Stronger' launch set to clash with the all important ten year local development plan (LDP) Cardiff Bay, Richard Szwejkowski Cardiff Civic Society has written an open letter to the leader and deputy leader of Cardiff Council. Dear Cllrs Thomas and MerryRE: CABINET MEETING PAPERS - 20th May 2021Cardiff Civic Society has noted the … Continue reading Risk of confusion as council due to launch TWO huge consultations of the future of the city

Good, but self-contradictory – our view on Cardiff’s recovery plan

Now is the time to make our voices heard to make our city one that is fit for current and future generations. We need action not vague promises. The Scott Monument, Roath Park, Cardiff. Pic: Richard Williams On 14 May, Cardiff Council released a report on creating a ‘Greener, Fairer and Stronger Cardiff’, which will … Continue reading Good, but self-contradictory – our view on Cardiff’s recovery plan

Concern at chair of planning’s potential conflict of interest

Chair of planning spoke for the cabinet in full council in favour policies on enforcing planning conditions and city development. County Hall, Cardiff pic: Geraint Rowland Nerys Lloyd Pierce, the chair of Cardiff Civic Society has written the following letter to Cllr Keith Jones, the chair of Cardiff's planning committee. Dear Cllr Jones, I am concerned … Continue reading Concern at chair of planning’s potential conflict of interest

Cardiff Civic Society calls for a free vote for powerful chair of planning

Letter to Cardiff's political leaders asks them to hold a free democratic vote for a post which is key to quality of life in the city Pic: OSCE Dear Councillor,I am writing to you as the leader of your political group or as an independent representative on Cardiff Council in order to ask you to … Continue reading Cardiff Civic Society calls for a free vote for powerful chair of planning

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