Trowbridge Residents Action Group (TRAG) are in dispute with Cardiff Council over the community centre built in 2007. Alistair Evans, TRAG’s managing director, hit out at the council saying
“We feel the council has disrespected the people of Trowbridge.”
The dispute centres on the fact that residents believed the new centre would be roughly the same size as the old community centre. A shopping precinct and community centre were demolished in 2006. The new development was to have consisted of forty homes managed by the Cardiff Community Housing Association. Subsequently an extra two homes were built, due to a financial shortfall, resulting in the new community centre being smaller than planned.
Trowbridge, Labour, Councillor Ralph Cook commented
“The kitchen in the community centre is useless but I haven’t had a desperate call from people to have things changed…”
A council spokesman admitted that the original plans for the Trowbridge Community Centre had been downsized but stressed how the centre was a successful asset for the people of Trowbridge. TRAG have submitted a 360 name petition to the council voicing their objections to the new centre’s much smaller kitchen.