#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

Cardiff’s leaders commit to consider stronger rules to protect trees

Cllr Peter Bradbury responds to City Hall tree protesters Statement a "positive step" say campaigners Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure has agreed to explore ways of strengthening Cardiff's rules to protect mature trees, in a meeting of full council yesterday (18 July 2019) Nerys Lloyd-Pierce, the chair of the Cardiff Civic … Continue reading Cardiff’s leaders commit to consider stronger rules to protect trees

Cardiff’s Suffolk House developer says trees must be felled ‘regardless’

The developer planning 17 new homes on the old Canton Family Centre site says the trees have to go, writes Matt Discombe, South Wales Echo's local democracy reporter Campaigners are keeping up the fight to save some mature trees despite plans being approved to fell them as part of a housing development. Signs have appeared … Continue reading Cardiff’s Suffolk House developer says trees must be felled ‘regardless’

Developer ignores residents’ pleas for trees

John Pinn, director of Quin's developers and CPS Homes estate agents refuses to save mature trees at Suffolk House In an open letter to Canton residents, property speculator Pinn denies he can do anything to secure the future for century old community trees. Local resident and architect, Miranda Dettwyler responded to Mr Pinn saying: "We … Continue reading Developer ignores residents’ pleas for trees

CPS Homes will be ‘forever remembered, thanked and praised’ if they save the copper beech

Joy Lock, the president of the campaign to save the trees at Suffolk House has written a moving letter to developer John Pinn, director of the CPS Homes group Dear Sir I am taking the liberty of writing to you as a last resort in my appeal to save the magnificent Copper Beech at Suffolk … Continue reading CPS Homes will be ‘forever remembered, thanked and praised’ if they save the copper beech

Chief executive defends tree officer’s support for tree felling in conservation area

Anger as tree officer ignores mature trees importance to Conway Road conservation area Cardiff council chief executive, Paul Orders has defended his tree officer, Ed Baker against accusations that he ignored the importance of mature trees to a historic part of Cardiff. The complaint read: We write to complain about Ed Baker, the council’s tree … Continue reading Chief executive defends tree officer’s support for tree felling in conservation area

Demand for council leaders to be open about their meetings with property developers

Cardiff West Labour party has called on Cardiff council to establish a register of meetings with property developers The general committee of the Cardiff West Labour party recently approved the following motion. It highlights concerns about the relationship between property developers, leading councillors and officials which have arised during the course of the Suffolk House … Continue reading Demand for council leaders to be open about their meetings with property developers

Anger at planning chair’s leading questions

Complaint against Cllr Keith Jones considered by Ombudsman Local residents in the Canton and Pontcanna area have expressed concerns at the way that Cllr Keith Jones chaired the two Cardiff council planning meetings regarding Suffolk House. A complaint was sent to the Public Service Ombudsman which read: I wish to complain about Cllr Keith Jones, … Continue reading Anger at planning chair’s leading questions

Another little green space killed off by city’s planners

A letter to the editor of the South Wales Echo, published on 29 March 2019 Recently, the Cardiff Council Planning Committee narrowly approved an application to develop the Suffolk House site on the junction between Romilly and Llandaff Roads which will involve the felling of a number of mature trees. This will change the whole … Continue reading Another little green space killed off by city’s planners

Redevelopment plans for Cardiff listed building approved despite fears over loss of trees

Suffolk House in Canton has squatters living there, councillors have been told By Matt Discombe, Local Democracy Reporter, South Wales Echo This article was published in the South Wales Echo and Wales Online on 22 March 2019 (see link above).  It highlights the importance of local journalism in holding powerful councillors to account.  Please buy and read … Continue reading Redevelopment plans for Cardiff listed building approved despite fears over loss of trees

Plans to redevelop Cardiff listed building on hold over loss of trees concern

Plans to redevelop a listed building in Cardiff have been put on hold after concerns were raised about trees. By Matt Discombe, Local Democracy Reporter, South Wales Echo This article was published in the South Wales Echo and Wales Online on 18 Feb 2019 (see link above).  Please support your local newspaper!  They are the bedrock of … Continue reading Plans to redevelop Cardiff listed building on hold over loss of trees concern