“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

#Cardiff Bay’s last green space under threat from Military Museum no one else wants

Britannia Park playground, Cardiff Bay Cardiff Bay's last green space are under threat from a Military Museum that nobody else wants. According to a post by those promoting the Museum of Military History other towns and cities were approached but weren't interested. Cardiff was chosen for reasons of proximity to England: "The site in Cardiff … Continue reading #Cardiff Bay’s last green space under threat from Military Museum no one else wants

“No plans” for #Cardiff Riding School, says Cllr Gordon

Responding to our concerns about plans to sell Cardiff Riding School to developers, Cllr Iona Gordon (Riverside - Labour) has issued the following statement: "The Council did not invite external interest in the Riding School. About 18 months ago the Cardiff and Vale College proposed a partnership to extend educational and recreational / therapeutic opportunities, … Continue reading “No plans” for #Cardiff Riding School, says Cllr Gordon

Ysgol Farchogaeth Caerdydd dan fygythiad – eto

Mae ysgol farchogaeth Caerdydd yn werddon wledig ogoneddus yng nghalon Caerdydd. Yr Hydref diwethaf dathlodd y sefydliad ei ben-blwydd yn 50. Mae'r ysgol yn un o'r unig ysgolion marchogaeth, sy'n eiddo i'r awdurdod lleol yn y wlad, gyda chefnogaeth grŵp ffrindiau gwych mae'n darparu gwasanaeth marchogaeth amhrisiadwy i'r anabl. Yn 2013, nododd Cyngor Caerdydd ei … Continue reading Ysgol Farchogaeth Caerdydd dan fygythiad – eto

Keep our children’s park; No Military Museum, demand local Cardiff residents

Playground, Britannia Park, Cardiff Bay. Credit: Cardiff News Plus Residents of Butetown have written to James Clemence, the director of planning in Cardiff council to object to plans to destroy a children's playground and park in Cardiff Bay and to replace it with a Military Museum. In a 33 page dossier (below) delivered to city … Continue reading Keep our children’s park; No Military Museum, demand local Cardiff residents

Cardiff Civic Society response to collapse of Coal Exchange owner’s company

“We warned Cardiff Council of the serious risk posed by allowing Signature Living to take on the Coal Exchange.  Mr Kenwright’s past bankruptcies, financial dealings and disqualifications made him a deeply unsuitable candidate for undertaking a complex restoration of one of Cardiff’s most important historic buildings.  This was also made abundantly clear by Stephen Doughty … Continue reading Cardiff Civic Society response to collapse of Coal Exchange owner’s company

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

The last hour in the life of the 150 year old Copper Beech at Suffolk House on Sunday 9th March 2020

By Joy Lock, President, Thompson Park Area Environmental Group Photo: the copper beech in its full glory, summer 2019 We stood there until the last, in the chill and drizzle, clinging on to the tall steel barriers, watching with horror the brutal end unfolding before our eyes.  We were all looking up at Steve, our … Continue reading The last hour in the life of the 150 year old Copper Beech at Suffolk House on Sunday 9th March 2020

“I am satisfied that the Council’s policies with regard to trees are robust” – Cllr Caro Wild

Full text of a letter from Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport to Cardiff Civic Society received on 20 February 2020 in response to a letter and a meeting earlier that month Quin & Co in the process of felling a mature copper beech in the Conway Road Conservation Area with … Continue reading “I am satisfied that the Council’s policies with regard to trees are robust” – Cllr Caro Wild

Suffolk House trees to be felled on Sunday (March 8)

Despite the efforts of the local community, developer, CPS Homes plans to fell the spectacular copper beech and mature lime tree at Suffolk House on Sunday, March 8. Suffolk House, a council owned asset sold off to boost local authority coffers, is a locally listed landmark on Romilly Road.  The copper beech to be felled … Continue reading Suffolk House trees to be felled on Sunday (March 8)

Civic Society plea to Welsh Ministers for Suffolk House trees rejected – update

UPDATE 24/03/20 As previously reported on the Save Suffolk House blog, the Welsh Government were sadly not in a position to save the mature trees on the former Children's Centre site in Canton, Cardiff. Here we provide details of their response N Hemington, the Chief Planner at the Welsh Government wrote to Cardiff Civic Society … Continue reading Civic Society plea to Welsh Ministers for Suffolk House trees rejected – update

Civic Society in attack on council’s tree policy

This article appeared in the Western Mail on Jan 18, 2020. It is written by their chief reporter, Martin Shipton. We are hugely grateful to the Western Mail for their support. Please check out walesonline.co.uk for more excellent coverage on environmental issues* Please support high quality campaiging journalism about our capital city by buying the … Continue reading Civic Society in attack on council’s tree policy

Time for Cardiff council to stand up for trees against developers

Update: 8/11/19 Cllr Peter Bradbury, the cabinet member for culture and leisure has written to us to say that he has asked Cllr Caro Wild (Riverside), the cabinet member for sustainable planning and transport to review Cardiff’s council’s policy on trees and planning.  This follows the council’s public commitment to action, made in June 2019. … Continue reading Time for Cardiff council to stand up for trees against developers