That's all from Guardian Cardiff - a final farewell and thank youIt's here – the end of the Guardian Cardiff blog, and my final sign off. We've spent this week mulling over some of the amazing and brilliant things which have come out of the blog – our favourite guest posts, Flickr photos, and a round up of the stories on the blog from 2010 to […]
Llanrumney resident and east Cardiff guest blogger Keith Phillip Jones comments on the latest developments of the Rumney Rec campaign as we reveal the council's plansThe battle for Rumney Rec between the people of east Cardiff and Cardiff council is set to explode into life again. The council wish for the temporary governing body of the new Eastern Card […]
A round up of where the campaigns we have following on the blog are currently atOver the last year and a bit we've followed a number of Cardiff campaigns at a community level – tracking the small political decisions which have a big affect on groups of people who care about their area. Here we revisit the main campaigns we have kept a close eye on and b […]
In the final guest post for Guardian Cardiff, Amy Davies visits A Vintage Affair in the Morgan Arcade, and takes in the free culture on offer courtesy of the arcadesIt's a great time to be in Cardiff at the moment, with a myriad of cultural highlights to enjoy. Two of those are on offer right now, courtesy of our very own arcades. It's fantastic to […]
To mark the last links post for Guardian Cardiff here's a bumper crop of rss feeds from websites and blogs for you to followIt's the final day of Guardian Cardiff today, and to mark the occasion instead of our normal morning links post – usually the most popular post of the day – we've decided to provide a list of the main websites, blogs and […]
The planning committee of Cardiff Council yesterday rejected an application by supermarket giant Sainsbury’s to locate a new store in the heart of Rumney Village. Local shopkeepers had been vocal in their opposition to what their perceived as a direct threat to their livelihoods. The Guardian Cardiff reports that;
Councillors have voted against an application from Sainsbury’s to build a new store on the site of the old Carpenters Arms pub in Llanrumney.
All councillors on today’s planning committee except one voted for a motion to defer the application for refusal on the grounds the new store would exacerbate problems with congestion and traffic, posing a danger to the public.”
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.”
In a passionate letter to the South Wales Echo, published 30 June, Alun Michael MP has called on Cardiff Council to scrap its plans to site the new east Cardiff English medium secondary school on the Rumney Recreation Ground. It follows on from the local MP’s high-profile visit to the Llanrumney Festival where, to the delight of festival goers, Mr. Michael wore a ‘Save Rumney Rec’ t-shirt where he delivered a speech against any further development on the parkland. Read Alun Michael’s letter in full below.
On Saturday I joined the people of Llanrumney on the Rumney Recreation Ground to celebrate the Llanrumney Festival. Forty years ago, when I was a youth worker in Llanrumney, we used to take Llanrumney youngsters to the very same parkland for games of football and baseball and in the decades since then I have represented local people as an elected representative, first as a councillor and then as their MP. That’s why I am very proud to stand with the people of Llanrumney and Rumney today as we campaign to preserve the Rumney Recreation Ground for future generations. It’s a fight which is supported by the wider community, particularly in St. Mellons and Trowbridge. The campaign to save what is really the Roath Park of East Cardiff is cross-party and only Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru councillors seem oblivious of the injustice of their plans. The weekend’s festival would not have been possible without the dedication and imagination of the Llanrumney Community Forum and in particular its Chair Linda Bartlett. There was a wonderful atmosphere with families and people of all ages enjoying the sunshine and enjoying each other’s company. But it wouldn’t have been possible either without this wonderful “village green” which provides the “green lungs” of East Cardiff. There will be strong opposition to any planning application to build on Rumney Rec and there is massive support for it being designated formally as a “Village Green”. But why do we have to have those battles when the council can win plaudits by simply withdrawing the scheme to destroy the Rec and instead put their energy into preparing plans to put the new school on the education land that is already in their ownership? Nobody who was present at the weekend to listen to festival goers and soak up the community atmosphere could fail to be convinced.