Llandaff Fields protest meeting


A public meeting was held on Tuesday June 4th at the Wallich Centre, Cathedral Road. The venue was full to capacity with 100 people and 25+ people being turned away, see below for the Wales Online article.

TY7A7400Thanks to everyone for attending, showing your support and contributing to the discussions – if you wish to be kept up to date on the developments please email Nerys at nerys@lloyd-pierce.co.uk. As yet these are only proposed plans, when final plans are submitted we will post details on the site.

TY7A7054Also thanks to everyone who facilitated and Nigel Pugh for his fantastic photos which really capture the spirit of the event. Click here to see them and spot if you are in there.

Update on the Llandaff Fields event, it has been moved to 1 September, please contact Nerys if you wish to help out – we can’t do it without a team.

Opposition to building a new community and sports centre on Llandaff Fields has intensified after an architect’s plan suggested the venue could hold up to 600 people in one room. Cardiff Civic Society says the scheme would desecrate the park and has urged Cardiff council to reject it.

As yet, however, no planning application has been made. An umbrella group that says it represents 32 sport and community organisations wants the centre to be built on the site of dilapidated changing rooms, close to an existing bowls pavilion.

The Llandaff Fields Community and Sports Trust has produced a leaflet seeking to enlist further support.

But Nerys Lloyd-Pierce, who chairs Cardiff Civic Society, said the scale of the project appeared to be significantly bigger than had earlier been thought. A plan produced for the Trust by Cardiff architects Pentan Partnership shows that one room in the venue would have the capacity for 300 people seated and 600 standing.

Ms Lloyd-Pierce said: “The proposals show a licensed venue capable of accommodating 600 people. This indicates that the community element of the project is a red herring, and this is in reality a commercial enterprise.

“Putting such a development in the park would clearly be very attractive to the developers as it enables them to run a money-making venture on publicly-owned land – which will cost them very little.”

Martyn Williams, who chairs the Trust, responded: “After consulting with our stakeholders – charities, societies, and sports clubs – the proposals have been much reduced, since there is a high degree of duplication on facility requirements.

“The number of changing rooms has been reduced. There is no 600 capacity room – it has a 300 capacity function room which can be partitioned into three smaller meeting or play group rooms. The licensed bar will only be open when booked for functions or events and on weekends, primarily Saturdays, for the sports clubs. The Trust is being registered as a not for profit company limited by guarantee. It is definitely not a money making venture.”

Mr Williams has stated previously that the centre would be available to all for classes, conferences and fundraising activities.

He added: “The Trust has been joined by Cardiff Metropolitan University, which will bring educational community programmes to the park, as well as first class sporting facilities. From the outset we have not considered the use of any green space.”

When details of the scheme emerged last month, a Cardiff council spokeswoman denied that the development represented the privatisation of a public amenity, saying the project was at an early discussion stage.

She added: “Any proposals would be subject to the statutory planning process which includes provisions for consultation.”

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