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/