‘Hands off Llandaff Fields!’

llandaff-fields-1-600x400PLANS FOR SPORTS CLUB IN LLANDAFF FIELDS?

At our last community meeting Gill Boden and Iona Gordon gave an update on the proposed ‘Llandaff Fields Community and Sports Trust’ plans. At the moment these have not been submitted to the planning committee but the developers have held meetings and conducted research to support their plans and a future application.

They explained how the land was gifted to the city for community and sports use. The Trust, claims to represent 32 sport and community organisations. We  were told at the meeting that the organisations were approached and asked if they would be interested in access to free rooms and resources, without being full updated on the plans.

It would in fact be a private members club, and be a space which events and conferences could hire. There are already several similar buildings in the vicinity, including the SWALEC stadium nearby – which has ample parking and delivery access.

They are proposing that rooms/space would be available for community groups to use. We of course welcome this aspect feature is of course welcomed, but at the price of a private members sports club that can hold approx. 300 people standing, with a full bar and a two storey building in middle of a beautiful public park. We naturally have concerns about their delivery and access plans, which propose using the bridle way next to the allotments and riding stables.

As Martyn Williams, who chairs the trust, explained how the centre will be available for classes, conferences and fundraising activities providing first class sporting facilities. This is a complete change of use, with the maintainence and transport required to run a large sports club in the middle of the fields potentially having a major negative impact on the parklands.

Local resident Jane Williams said: “We also have no issue with building new changing rooms at Llandaff Fields but we do object to building an events venue and bar and having it as part of the university.”

If you would like more information please contact us, we will continue to provide updates on the progress of these plans and future contact details as they emerge.

*Thanks to walesonline for the photo and references in this article: http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2012/12/21/protesters-interrupt-dedication-of-pontcanna-fields/

Also of interest: ‘Pontcanna Fields are the centre of city life, 365 days a year’: http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2012/03/26/guest-blog-pontcanna-fields-are-the-centre-of-city-life-365-days-a-year/

6 thoughts on “‘Hands off Llandaff Fields!’

  1. One or two people making a lot of noise claiming to represent the community, and misrepresenting what looks like early discussions, pre-planning.
    FACT: Something needs to be done to the changing rooms on Pontcanna Fields
    FACT: The council will not do it
    FACT: A few people claim to represent the community and peddle half truths and conjecture

    • HI Chris, thanks for sharing your views. We have had 13,388 website visits and over 1000 followers on twitter in the last 14 months, we have successfully support local people to stop a supermarket in the area. These are our facts.

  2. This has been an ongoing concern as far back as the Sixties, with developers wanting to get their hands on this beautiful green site. But when Llandaff Fields was first transferred to the people of cardiff (back in the 1890’s I think) it was a condition that it should never be built on. In the past, protestors have always made use of this clause and it would be very helpful to you if you could find it again. It must be in the paper trail somewhere…. good luck.

    • Hi Thanks for taking the time to contact us with this valuable insight. The team in discussions with the developer have researched this and the terminology I think its quite broad – around sport and community. People using the fields for informal recreation and non-paid training etc as its always been used, is a completely different concept to a formal members-only sports club. The plans are not formalised and submitted to the council, when they are we will be able to gauge the full-extend of their proposal and we will post more on the site… Thank you for your support.

      • Thank you for your very prompt reply! I wish you the best of luck in your campaign – I no longer live in the area but would hate to think of it being built up in this way. It is part of the Homeland that is Pontcanna… to build a members-only club is to shut out the very people who were intended to enjoy the facility of this beautiful open space.

  3. This has been an ongoing concern as far back as the Sixties, with developers wanting to get their hands on this beautiful green site. But when Llandaff Fields was first transferred to the people of cardiff (back in the 1890′s I think) it was a condition that it should never be built on. In the past, protestors have always made use of this clause and it would be very helpful to you if you could find it again. It must be in the paper trail somewhere…. good luck.

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