Plans to merge Llanrumney & Old St. Mellons wards

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales was asked by the Local Government Minister, Dr. Brian Gibbons to review the electoral arrangements in each principal local authority in Wales.

Early this year the Boundary Commission recommended that the wards of Llanrumney and Rumney merged. Following public consultation the Boundary Commission has now produced it’s Final Proposals for Cardiff City and County Council.

It recommends that the communities of Llanrumney and Old St. Mellons join to create a new ward that carries both names in its title.

By combining the Community of Llanrumney and the Community of Old St. Mellons an election division is formed with a total of 9,766 electors (10,201 projected) which, if represented by three councillors, has a level of representation of 3,255 electors per councillor which is less than 1% above the proposed county average of 3,252 electors per councillor. We consider this to be an appropriate level of representation for the area and put this forward as a proposal. We propose the name Llanrumney and Old St. Mellons for the proposed electoral division. We also propose to retain the existing Rumney electoral division.”

The Trowbridge ward which contains the communities of Trowbridge and the new St Mellons estate is not affected by the proposals.

Council Issue Questionnaire To Every Llanrumney Household

As the people of east Cardiff await the findings of Leslie Blohm QC following the Rumney Recreation Ground Village Green Public Inquiry there was a surprise new development over the weekend. On Saturday every Llanrumney household found a letter had been mailed to them from Cardiff Council asking them to ‘Have Your Say’ on green open space surrounding the historic Llanrumney Hall.

The letter that accompanied the questionnaire can be seen below. The council is referring to the £250k proposed ‘Captain Morgan Gardens’ development. Named after the legendary Sir Henry Morgan of Llanrumney Hall the development of open space around Llanrumney Hall was first mooted by the council in May 2009. It is the timing, mere weeks before Leslie Blohm QC’s reports is delivered to County Hall, that will surprise many. Also the fact that the letter fails to mention any reference to the ‘Captain Morgan Gardens’ or the £250K budget that was allocated in April’s council budget.

The question now is if any of Rumney Rec is recommended to be designated as a village green will the development around Llanrumney Hall go ahead?

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

Face to Face – Don Taylor

Cardiff East is proud to begin today a series of Face to Face interviews. Today we chat with Don Taylor the Chairman of RREEL (Rumney Recreation and Eastern Leisure Centre) Action Group.

This interview was carried by the Guardian Cardiff

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Don Taylor is on the phone. The chairman of Rumney Recreation and Eastern Leisure Centre Action Group (RREEL) is constantly being called while we sit at his dining room table, surrounded by copies of the latest campaign newsletter. This is typical, I am told, for the retired salesman who now devotes his time to leading the fight to save the park he loves – the Rumney Recreation Ground. Even Taylor is amazed that the campaign he has led is now almost three years old.

Don Taylor works on the latest campaign newsletter at his home. Photo: KP Jones

“It came to everyone’s notice in the papers that the Liberal-Democrat council wanted to build the new school, for this area, on the park. I was infuriated. In August 2007 I started the RREEL Action Group and it has just grown from there. We keep adding new supporters all the time.”

People were so incensed. We reached 8,000 signatures in just four weeks but the way this council is they tried to ignore it.”

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PACT – Old St. Mellons & Llanrumney

PACT (Partnership and Communities Together)  meetings take place throughout Cardiff. Policing priorities are set in response to the needs of communities and then monitored to assess the situation. There are also PACT surgeries held in conjunction with the local councillors to listen to the concerns of residents.

This week has seen PACT meetings take place in both Old St. Mellons and Llanrumney.

Old. St. Mellons – read an account of the meeting by Ed Walker from Your Cardiff site here  – “Motorcycle annoyance blighting Old St. Mellons” at Old St Mellons PACT meeting:http://bit.ly/9zlqWH

Llanrumney – this is a blogpost which I originally wrote for Your Cardiff site here  “Anti-social behaviour falls sharply in Llanrumney” – http://bit.ly/cmPMPN

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Welsh skipper Johnson’s 10 years at the Claret & Blues

Wales beat England in baseball on Saturday to win the Gladstone Rose Bowl at Tredegar Park in the 85th international baseball fixture between the two countries. The victorious Welsh skipper was Mark Johnson, who was man of the match, now of St. Albans but who had played for Llanrumney for more than a decade. There were also some smart catches by Gary Fish, in his first season with St. Albans, after having a lengthy career with Llanrumney.

Cardiff East sends its congratulations to the whole Welsh team and to especially the ex-Llanrumney baseball players who wore the famous Claret & Blue jersey of Llanrumney baseball with pride for many years.

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Llanrumney’s Greatest Generation

“The greatest generation.” It was a phrase coined in 1988 by American broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up during the Great Depression and the deprivation that resulted, and then went on to fight and win the second world war. That generation, the greatest, were the first people to populate the modern Llanrumney estate in the 1950s. My maternal grandparents were a couple with two young children that would turn a page in Llanrumney’s history.

Winnie Coombs, one of Llanrumney's first residents, proudly mowing her lawn in Cheddar Crescent.

At the start of the 1950s Llanrumney Hall and its parkland was sold by compulsory purchase to Cardiff City Council due to the need for new houses to accommodate the rapidly expanding population. In a historic moment that spoke eloquently of  the changing nature of Britain, the last lord of the manor at Llanrumney Hall, C.C. Williams, known popularly as Squire Williams, saw his estate turned into the dream of a new age with extensive streets of council housing built where once the Tredegar Hunt chased foxes for their pleasure. The aristocracy in Llanrumney had given way to the proletariat.

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