East News

A  round-up of the stories from the East making the news.

Guardian Cardiff reports that:

“An initiative launched in Cardiff East today hopes to clamp down on the number of dangerous and illegal off-road vehicles causing disturbance in the area.

A week long amnesty in August, will allow residents from Trowbridge, St Mellons, Llanrumney and Rumney to exchange their off-road vehicle for a mountain bike of equivalent value, with a helmet, locks and repair kit.”

Your Cardiff pays tribute to former Rumney Councillor Vita Jones.

A former Cardiff and South Glamorgan councillor described as “one in a generation” has passed away aged 87.

Vita Jones spent nearly 30 years serving the people of Rumney, Pentwyn and Llanedeyrn during her political career.” Continue reading

Inside the Chamber: Cllr Jayne Cowan – Cardiff Council July 2010

Councill Jayne Cowan, first elected to Cardiff Council in 1999, represents the Rhiwbina ward and sits as an Independent Councillor. Cowan is widely regarded as one of the hardest working councillors in Cardiff.  In an exclusive post for Cardiff East Councillor Cowan offers a unique eye-witness account of the last full council meeting before the summer recess that took place on Thursday 22nd July.

I thoroughly enjoy Council Meetings, and feel they are an important part of being an elected representative.  The Council meeting gives Councillors opportunities to pose questions to the Council’s Executive, the Chairs of Committees and the Council representatives on the Police and Fire Authorities.”

Cardiff City Hall is home to Cardiff Council's debating chamber where Cardiff's 75 councillors meet monthly. Photo: Penarth Framing Services http://www.penarthframing.com

Last Thursday’s meeting, on reflection, was an interesting meeting.  After the introduction of the Lord Mayor and the prayers by a member of the Clergy, the meeting commenced with all groups paying tribute to the acting Chief Executive Tom Morgan. Continue reading

CARDIFF EAST EXCLUSIVE: John Dixon reflects on new media’s role in ‘Stupidgate’

John Dixon’s post has captured your imaginations. Read the South Wales Echo’s coverage of Councillor’s Dixon’s exclusive post for Cardiff East. Your Cardiff reports that Councillor Dixon will appear before Cardiff Council’s Standards and Ethics Committee in September.

In a post written exclusively for CARDIFF EAST Councillor John Dixon reflects on the week he became the centre of a national media story. The Liberal Democrat Councillor for Adamsdown first elected to Cardiff Council in 1999, sits on the Council’s Executive and is responsible for Health, Social and Wellbeing.

This week I feel like I now know what it’s like for a star to go nova – for my life to suddenly explode (generating a lot of heat, and hopefully some light too), before gradually returning to normal again.

This week I learned the power of social media, and possibly glimpsed the future democratisation of news.”

Councillor John Dixon in an exclusive guest post for Cardiff East examines the impact of new media and what it might mean for Cardiff's councillors.

It started fairly normally – a Monday like any other. During the day, David James called from the Echo. I guess it was a fairly slow news day, as he wanted to chat to me about a rather old complaint which the Ombudsman was investigating – a Tweet I posted while in London last May on Tottenham Court Road, which said “I didn’t know the Scientologists had a ‘church’ on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off.”

I gave him the details but, because the case hadn’t yet been heard by the Council’s Standards and Ethics Committee, at the time, thought it best not to comment. What can I say? I like a quiet life. Continue reading

Comment: Last Orders?

I am standing in front of three adjacent buildings on Countisbury Avenue in Llanrumney. Each speaks of the changes that have occurred in British society since the Llanrumney estate was built just over 50 years ago. The first is the Llanrumney Library Learning & Community Centre opened in 2008 that sits on the site of the old Llanrumney Library. The next building is the Good Companions public house. The third is the old Llanrumney Post Office that now consists of, in addition to the post office, a fish and chip shop, a convenience store and a Bargain Booze off licence.

The Good Companions public house, in the background is Llanrumney’s Library. Photo: KP Jones

It is the boarded up, forlorn looking Good Companions pub that holds my gaze as the rain continues to fall on an unseasonal summer’s evening. The Llanrumney estate, built in the 1950s, epitomises that era’s austere attitude when it comes to pubs. Although the new Llanrumney estate was built to accommodate 12,000 people, the City Fathers were intent on emphasising spiritual sustenance of the religious rather than the bottled variety. Churches of all denominations were established over the estate but there were only two pubs in Llanrumney itself namely at Llanrumney Hall and then the Good Companions.

As I stand in the rain across from the deserted pub I wonder how many Llanrumney folk are sitting at home watching Coronation Street at this very moment. On the cobbled terrace, in the nations favourite street, the Rovers Return is still the focal point for the community. Coronation Street first aired in 1960. At the same time the final touches were being put to the Llanrumney estate. British life depicted on the screen, where everybody congregates in their local, is incongruous with the reality before my eyes. Continue reading

Berman: “I appreciate people don’t want to lose Rumney Rec…”

Cardiff Council's leader Berman speaks out on Rec fate.

Liberal Democrat Council leader Rodney Berman yesterday broke his silence on the fate of Rumney Rec during an interview with the Guardian Cardiff.

The interview was titled: Leader of the council speaks on school reorganisation in the city

Cardiff East requested an interview with Councillor Berman but was told that he was a busy man. Councillor Berman suggested that we e-mail him some questions. We e-mailed him 10 Qs that we list below.

We issue an open invitation for Council leader Berman to answer the questions in the spirit in which they were intended. We will also offer Mr. Berman the chance to include his own words as to the rationale behind the council’s plans for building the Eastern High School on the Rumney Recreation Ground.

We make Mr. Berman the promise that we shall post his answers and words in their entirety and without comment for you to read. Continue reading

Face to Face with Alun Michael MP

Cardiff East caught up with Labour MP Alun Michael, Cardiff South and Penarth, in Grangetown.

Alun Michael MP. Photo: KP Jones

This interview was carried by the Guardian Cardiff

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It’s a humid Saturday morning and one of Cardiff’s most well known political faces is standing in Taff Embankment talking to a Grangetown resident about her concerns regarding the state of the alley way that backs on to her property. Alun Michael, the former First Secretary of Wales, is conducting a street surgery. This is the grassroots politics that Alun Michael clearly enjoys. As he takes notes of his constituent’s comments in his notebook he is greeted with shouts of ‘Hello Alun’ and waves from passing motorists who recognise Cardiff’s longest serving MP.

Michael has recently been elected Chair of an important All-Party Committee in Parliament, namely the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM).

Michael first elected to parliament in 1987 and was re-elected as MP in this year’s election with another landslide majority. His interest in internet related issues is a manifestation of his continuing interest in people.

I am a youth worker by background. It’s recognising that this is something that profoundly effects people’s lives. That is where I come from.  Social communities online now play an important role in many people’s lives. You can see this in the popularity of social media like Facebook and Twitter. For many people now e-mail is an indispensable way in how they communicate.”

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Old St. Mellons Village Fete 2010

The Playing Field, on Ty’r Winch Road Old St. Mellons was the place to be on Saturday afternoon as the Old St. Mellons Village Association staged the local annual fete. People and cars poured through the gates to the Playing Field on a hot, muggy July day.

Cllr Jane Rogers, Cllr Dianne Rees - Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Gwen Jones - outgoing Chairman of Old St. Mellons Community Council and Rev. Kellen - St. Mellons Parish Church Photo: KP Jones

There was obvious local pride that Old. St. Mellons and Pontprennau Councillor Dianne Rees is currently serving as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff. The gleaming chains of office drew much attention to the popular local councillor. Her deputy mayoral chains are engraved with names of her predecessors, a continuing link in the long history of Cardiff.

Excited children were confronted with an early choice: the ice cream van or a fire engine to explore in awe. Over the winter months extra items of play equipment, a small climbing frame and a see-saw had been added to the Playing Field along with a refurbishment of the tennis courts. Happy, smiling youngsters were putting the facilities to good use during the afternoon. A particular highlight, for many,  were the children in Welsh national costume from the St. Mellons Church in Wales Primary School taking to the centre of the fete and dancing. Continue reading