The ten-year plan for Cardiff – NOW is the time to act!

Cardiff Council’s ten-year plan for the city – the Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) - will shape the city we love irrevocably. We are also at the tipping point for issues such as the Climate Emergency and the Biodiversity Crisis. Cardiff Civic Society says that NOW is the time to act if we, the citizens, are to … Continue reading The ten-year plan for Cardiff – NOW is the time to act!

“Please complete this survey…”

Cardiff council's increasing use of surveys exacerbates the imbalance of power between citizens and decision-makers, with citizens’ views reduced to x% agreed and y% disagreed.  "I love people power" image courtesy of the Sustainable Economies Law Centre By Tamsin Stirling How many times have you started a survey only to be confronted with questions that … Continue reading “Please complete this survey…”

“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

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

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

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

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

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