Protect Llandaff Fields! – Urgent Appeal for Donations & Action Meeting Notice

200px-Llandaff_Fields_pathMeeting on 21/01/14 has been postponed, over hlaf the money has been raised so far – thank you.

We’ve received this email and wanted to share so people could support this great campaign – PLEASE donate and also share – Llandaff Fields: once they’re gone they’re gone!

Dear Supporter,
Appeal for Donations and Notice of an Action Meeting

Happy New Year! We are writing to let you know what the ‘Hub’ has done so far and the challenge ahead to protect Llandaff Fields from privatisation.

Representatives from the Peoples’ Hub are meeting senior Council officers on January 23 to present our business plan to them. To persuade them we have a good case we have sought professional advice which does not come free. We need to raise over £1,000 immediately and hope you will be generous enough to help the ‘Hub’ meet this target.

We are suggesting a donation of £10 [or more if you wish]. When we set up a membership system this amount will cover your annual membership fee. The easiest way is to click on the link below which will enable you to put your donation into the ‘Hub’ bank account by ‘pay pal’

If you prefer cheque payment, please make it out to:  Llandaff Fields Peoples’ Hub. Make sure you put your name on the back of it and you can leave it in an envelope at Bant a la Cart, on Cathedral Road, or Café Castan at the Llandaff Fields Turning Circle.

If you would like to get more actively involved in the project do come to our open meeting on Tuesday 21st January, 7 pm, Llandaff Rugby Club House, Western Avenue

Best wishes,
Iona Gordon – On behalf of Llandaff Fields Peoples’ Hub Steeering Group
Tel: 029 2034 5213    Email: Iona.Gordon@cardiff.gov.uk

NEWSLETTER
Llandaff Fields Peoples’ Hub – the story so far……………………..

March 2012 – Freedom of Information document revealed plans, by an organisation called Llandaff Fields Community Trust, to build a large commercial facility on listed parkland – Llandaf Fields.

Research carried out by local residents worried about the park’s future revealed that the majority of the above organisation’s listed community supporters knew nothing of the plans, and many of the alleged supporters issued statements highlighting their opposition to such a large development on Llandaf Fields

April 2013 – Steering group set up with the aim of protecting Llandaf Fields from development

June 4 2013 – Public meeting held – Wallich packed to capacity 100+

July 2013 – awareness and fund-raising event: Community picnic 

September 1 2013 – 
The Big Picnic – massive community event attended by more than 1,000 people, held

Peoples’ Hub meeting with Cardiff Council and the ‘Trust’ regarding our respective proposals for Llandaf Fields
 
November 2012 – Meeting of partners / supporting organisations – 40 attended
– ‘Big  Lottery’ ‘ People and Places’ grant applied for
– Drawing up a constitution and bank account opened
– Appeal for donations to fund architect’s drawing for a small, sustainable, park-friendly building to replace the existing, run-down changing rooms.

Action meeting to be held Jan 21 2014 at Llandaff RFC – Hub to be formally constituted

Meeting with Council Jan 23 2014 to outline Hub’s latest plans

 

The Big Picnic was BIG!

bp8Thank you to everyone who made the Big Picnic a huge success! More than 1,000 people joined the Llandaff Fields People’s Hub team on September 1 for ‘The Big Picnic’ on Llandaf Fields – making the most of the sunshine on the last day of the summer holidays.

Children flocked to the climbing wall and British Military Fitness’ junior assault course, while grown-ups-ups took part in drumming sessions, Tai Chi, Ultimate Bounce dance classes, pilates, yoga and tennis and visited the many stands. The Tug of War trophy was claimed by the Mochyn Du team, with the New Conway taking second prize.

Llandaff Fields People’s Hub was formed to protect Llandaf Fields from development and commercialisation. A public meeting held on June 4, and attended by 150 people, established that park users want no further development of green space.The LF People’s Hub aims to raise money to replace the run-down changing rooms on the Fields with a low-impact, sedum-roofed, single storey structure appropriate to a listed parkland setting.

“Economic cuts are threatening councils’ ability to maintain green spaces so, as park users, we have come together to forestall any transfer of public assets into private hands. We wish to avoid commercialisation and development on our priceless green spaces, and to protect and enhance them for future generations to enjoy as we do now. The Big Picnic, despite the fun and games, has a serious message about the loss of public green space.  Maps show that more than a third of our central parkland has been lost since the 1940s and much of that erosion is recent. The destruction of parkland has to stop.” explains Mike Chubb.

One of the main reasons for having the Big Picnic was to update people on the plans and to ask people if they would like to join the Llandaff Fields Peoples Hub mailing list, we can then keep you informed about future events and also updates on any plans. If you would like to join please emaipeoplespark@outlook.com

The Big Picnic was supported by many business close to the Fields including Chris John, Hern & Crabtree, Jeff Hopkins, Café Castan, Allen & Harris, Bute Parks Alliance, Belle Toujours and the Cooperative. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped run the event, including picking up the litter, hardly any!

For further information please email peoplespark@outlook.com Press information: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce – 07701 007 128.

Pictures show: 1. Mabli Phillips 5 from Cathays with Mum and Dad – Katherine and Tomos, and brother Osian 1 2. Nanw Jones 6, from Victoria Park on the climbing wall. 3. Tug of War trophy winners – the Mochyn Du pub in Sophia Gardens

Community Picnic, Sunday 21 July

community picnic2People’s Park/Parc Pawb are organising a ‘People’s Community Picnic’ In Llandaff Fields from 3-6pm on Sunday 21 July – All welcome!

There will be:
– People eating picnic food !
– Bowling Demo
– Community Tennis
– Hula-Hooping
– Story-telling with Francis Maxey
– Probably other sports brought by picnicing people

Plus the opportunity to find out more about the Llandaff Fields Private Members Sports & Community Club plans.

Where: It will be in the area next to the children’s playground between the two rugby posts near the car park. This is also a great opportunity to celebrate the lovely parklands of Cardiff, and show how many people use them – and that they should be kept for everyone’s use – as they were originally intended.

Also to meet your neighbours and local community, similar to the recent highly successful Mini-Womad where 100s came along and enjoying the sun, activities and music.

If you wish to help out or perhaps bring something special or a stand please contact the organisers, please email Nerys Lloyd-Pierce: nerys@lloyd-pierce.co.uk

Thank you/Diolch. (Welsh translation of this post following soon)

Llandaff Fields protest meeting

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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.

WALES ONLINE ARTICLE
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.”

Action Meeting to protect Llandaff Fields

Please come to the public meeting on Tuesday June 4th, 7.00 -9.00pm at the Wallich Centre, Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9JF, opposite the shops.LlandaffFieldsPeoplesHub.03[5]

Llandaff Fields People’s Hub has been launched in response to a development threat to this area of much-loved and well-used parkland. A plan to build a large, privatised development (at tennis courts area) with access road, parking, enclosed 3G pitch and a bar has met with HUGE opposition from park users.

Llandaff Fields People’s Hub aims to protect the fields, maintaining sporting activities such as rugby, bowls and tennis, and replacing the changing rooms. 

We aim to promote recreational use of the park for all ages and abilities, while protecting the fields from development and privatisation.  The Church Commissioners gave the park to the people of Cardiff for sport and recreation, not for development and individual gain.” said Councillor Iona Gordon, trustee of the Hub.

“In the last 40 years West Cardiff citizens have lost more than a third of our central parkland to creeping development, much of which has taken place in recent years, and it has to stop.  Llandaff Fields must be protected for the health and wellbeing of the people, and for the benefit of generations to come. Green space cannot be plundered  on our watch.”  said Nerys Lloyd-Pierce the Chair of the Llandaf Fields People’s Hub.

200px-Llandaff_Fields_pathAt the meeting we will review the proposals and discuss how we can protect Llandaff fields. More information Nerys Lloyd-Pierce: 07701 007 128 or Iona Gordon: 029  204 5213.

To read more the history and facilities at LLandaff fields please click here.

 

New ‘Rubbish’ Development at Conway Road Garage Site

New plans for a development of eight 3-storey houses on the site of Conway Road Garage have been submitted to the Council

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  • Any development so close to the junction of Conway Road with Cathedral Road is unacceptable from the point of road safety, also causing more traffic jams than there are already!
  • The development would also have an negative effect on the nearby properties and area, in particular with the many rubbish bags on the streets.
  • Development of this scale on this site would set a precedent for infill development in a Conservation Area.

If you wish to object to this planning application please do so as soon as possible. The closing date for objections is Monday 11th March – and the quantity of letters counts! The plans and detailed descriptions are available for consultation at the City Hall. The plans are also available on line via the Council web site:

http://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_CARDIFF_DCAPR_103137

Click here  to see the proposed Conway Garage groundfloor housing plan

Objections to the proposals should be sent as soon as possible to the Council Planning department giving the reference number and reasons for objection.

Application number: 13/00242/DCI Land at 81A Conway Road (Conway Garage) f.a.o. Richard Cole/ Phil Williams

Email objections to developmentmanagement@cardiff.gov.uk Or write to: Development Management, f.a.o. Richard Cole/ Phil Williams, City Development, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND

 The planners are influenced by the number of objections and they can amend plans or reject them if the proposals conflict with the Council Planning Guidelines. Please write immediately or email and register your objections.

For reference only – below is a sample letter of objection from a resident of Conway Road, followed by some points raised by a resident of Penhill Road. We suggest you write your own letter including the points you feel are valid and any personal responses.

CONWAY GARAGE HOUSING PROPOSAL

 A new planning application has been submitted to build 8 3 storey houses on the Conway Garage site. This is a significantly bigger development than previous plans and represents a threat not merely to the immediate houses but would establish a damaging precedent about development within the Conservation Area. The properties most directly affected would be those immediately adjacent on Conway Road, Penhill and the new properties at Cwrt Penhill.

 However the knock-on effect on parking and traffic will be damaging to Conway Road generally as well as the wider Conservation Area.  The creation of 8 new family houses with only a single parking space each, and only 2 visitor spaces for the development, will inevitably increase parking pressure on Conway Road and Penhill. The movement of vehicles to  and from the site via the very narrow lane access will exacerbate the traffic conflicts in Conway Road at busy times as well as posing a threat to pedestrians and in particular children walking along Conway Road.

 The narrow access means that the developer intends that rubbish from the 8 houses will be deposited on the Conway Road pavement not merely creating a hazard but damaging the appearance and amenity of the street. 

The 3-storey houses will cause a major loss of privacy to the adjacent gardens and houses as well as cutting out light to several properties and are in clear breach of the Council 2011 policy regarding Infill Sites: Supplementary Planning Guidance (April 2011).

1. Insufficient parking:

The developers have allocated 10 parking spaces for the eight 3-bedroom houses (one per house, plus two (total) visitor spaces). I believe that this is inadequate and will lead to the “overspill” of cars being parked on Conway Road and the adjacent roads. As you know, there is little spare capacity for parking on these roads. Looking at the plans, there is no scope for any more parking on the development, so that is not a solution. 

2. Traffic congestion:

Similar to above, eight 3-bedroom houses will bring additional traffic to streets that are already congested, and to all intents-and-purposes single-track rat-runs with cars parked on both sides. This would exacerbate the existing traffic conflicts at busy times.  The narrow width of the lane with houses on either side also makes it difficult for cars to see each other, and for pedestrians on the pavement to see the cars.

3. Setting a precedent for new development in Conservation Area:

This development would set a precedent for building on infill in the Conservation Area, threatening the character of the area. The plans do appear to be in clear breach of the Council 2011 policy regarding Infill Sites: Supplementary Planning Guidance (April 2011) in a number of ways, principally not being ‘subservient’ to the surrounding properties (being 3 storey). 

4. Access to the development and the impact on refuse collection / deliveries

Access to the development would be via the lane, which is less than ten feet wide at the entrance, and with a very tight turn onto Conway Road. Consequently, I believe that delivery vehicles would struggle to access the development, and would “double park” on Conway Road to off-load. Similarly, refuse collection lorries would be unable to access the development, and the eight properties would leave their refuse on the street, on the corner of Conway Road and the lane for collection. At that area, the pavement is already narrow with the trees and the surface uneven with tree roots coming through: this could cause a problem for pedestrians, especially with prams and children, in addition to damaging the appearance and amenity of the street. In addition, it strikes me that it would be challenging getting the plant vehicles and building materials on and off site during the build.

Riding School at Pontcanna Fields ‘to close’

horse2Since this post and the huge media campaign and show of support (thanks) the riding school closure is being reviewed by the council and an alternative solution being sought.
Thanks to those who asked us to post this news: the staff at the council-run Cardiff Riding School, at Pontcanna Fields say they have been told it will close within 3 months.
If you wish to protest about this there is a council meeting on 31 January at 3.30pm in City Hall. The school are hoping as many people will come to the meeting and support them – please attend if you can.

30 workers were apparently told on Wednesday that the 30-acre site in Pontcanna Fields would shut by 1 April. The 43-year-old school has 50 horses, and one member of staff feared many would have to be put down because they would be impossible to re-home. The school offers riding for children and adults and specialises in providing riding for disabled people. One staff member told the BBC:

horse3“Our main clients are young schoolchildren. We also have lots of disabled people. We teach them four or five days a week – they really enjoy it; often they relate to animals better. 

We don’t know what will happen to the horses here. I think they will have to be put down because it will be difficult to find homes for them.”

Cardiff council refused to confirm the closure, although a budget statement is expected at a council meeting on Thursday. More of this article here.

‘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/

Babies need you! Please sign RCM Midwives petition…

Please support the Royal College of Midwives and help them protect maternity services across the UK, click to sign their petition by 21 August.

Happy to post a local resident’s request… There has been a crisis in midwifery and it has been forgotten. Most of the problems in maternity care would be solved if every woman had a midwife who had time for her. If you know anyone hoping to have a baby please sign and ask all your friends to do the same, thanks.

Maltings Dev back on – Canton Councillors all objecting…

“Hey Maltings is back in. Comments in by 21st June. Canton Councillors all objecting. Still way too dense, too many dwellings, not enough parking. Taff don’t even own the site! Any help you can give spreading the word. Thanks.”

11/02190/DCO | CONSTRUCTION OF 28 NO. DWELLINGS, DEMOLITION OF EXISTING PUBLIC HOUSE AND ASSOCIATED WORKS | FORMER MALTINGS PUBLIC HOUSE, COWBRIDGE ROAD EAST, CANTON, CARDIFF, CF5 1GZ 

Click here to view the Planning Application on the Council website
Make your views heard and send comments in – individual letters count.