Big Sweeps across Pontcanna

Thanks to everyone who took part in #TheBigSweep in November and December.


It started with a notice pinned to a tree on Severn Grove ‘Shame on Cardiff Council for ignoring their road sweeping duties,’ and ended with 75 people cleaning the street one week later.

Cardiff residents in the leafy suburb of Pontcanna have been working with the council to make their streets safer. On November 21, 75 people, including residents, shops and Coop Pontcanna, took part in the first ‘The Big Sweep’. Co-organised by Fran O’Hara of @pontcannahub and labour councillor Caro Wild, Severn Grove, Conway, Llanfair and Turberville Road was swept, leaves bagged, and the bags then picked up by council trucks and cleaned the streets. The event was shared on twitter as #thebigsweep and now more streets have been inspired to sweep up too, a great example of the community working with the council…

  • 21 November – Severn Grove and Llanfair Road
  • 28 November – Plasturton Gardens, Place, Avenue & Pontcanna Street
  • 5 December – All of Conway Road, Pitman and Talbot Street

How it happened…
CTS-tE_W4AADs9xFran O’Hara saw a piece of paper pinned to a tree on Severn Grove saying ‘Shame on you Cardiff Council’ which she tweeted at @PontcannaHub, several people said they would be interested in cleaning the streets. She asked Caro, who met with the council the next day at 8.30am. They agreed to provide bags, trucks and street cleaners. Fran created a poster, tweeted it, put it in the Coop, @paul_seaman printed and put leaflets through 60 doors. After the first Big Sweep other streets contacted Caro Wild and Iona Gordon who co-ordinated more. The Coop Pontcanna team, New Conwy and Beverley supported the Big Sweep by supplying hot coffee and refreshments.

“These services have had cuts so we decided to do something about the streets, they had become dangerous for us to walk on, and even worse for the elderly’. It was great to see so many people come onto the street and clear up, making new friends and safer place to walk. So many people came up to us while we were sweeping, telling us stories of falling over, and not letting their kids use scooters because the pavements were so dangerous with the compacted leaves.”
Fran, Severn Grove resident, ‘The Big Sweep’ co-organiser

“It’s nice now that we don’t have to wear wellies to walk to our car! A great turnout and people are very happy to do it again”
Paul, Severn Grove resident

“How lovely it is to meet your neighbours, a nice morning to get together and clean the streets.”
James, Severn Grove resident

“A brilliant idea – I was out there with my broom.”
Flip Severn Grove resident

“We were very happy to help to clean up the streets and make it safer for everyone to walk”
Simon Allen-Ridge, Manager Coop Pontcanna

“Lots of local enthusiasm from Severn Grove for organising ’The Big Sweep’. Great to see so many residents working together to improve their community with the council supporting.”
Caro Wilde, Labour Councillor for Riverside

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:

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


Co-Op at Pontcanna Pine/Dairy: FINAL PLANS APPROVED

Following this post the Council gave final full approval to the Co-Op’s Supermarket plans at Pontcanna Pine / The Dairy.

Simon White gave a powerful and professional appraisal of their plans, outlining the impact and issues. As the Co-Op had revised their plans to keep the existing gateway to the left of the building the council had no legal reason to object and HAD to approve it. The Co-Op will be using this gateway to reverse their delivery vans into and out of. Through using the ‘no change of use and building’ approach the Co-Op had not had to supply or account for any delivery or traffic plans. They will be able to gain the maximum profit from the site, basically open whenever they wish, without any responsibility for any negative impact outside their site. 

In the planning meeting the Co-Op were requested and agreed to take actions to repair relations with the local community, as the council noted there were a ‘lot of letters of complaint’ (thank you again for your support.)

To our knowledge they have not followed up on their written commitment to approach Flip White with any future developments after the community meeting, and we are not aware of any steps they have taken. In fact they appear to done the opposite and disregarded not just local people’s views but hard physical evidence – including the recent accident at the junction – that a dense use store with long opening hours may possibly increase traffic, and also cause increased congestion.

If the Co-Op have made steps and they wish to email us them we will be very happy to post an update on the site.

Thank you again for your support.

The Pontcanna Pine/Dairy Team.

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The Coop have put in revised plans for the frontage on Kings Road. We have until until the end of Wednesday 30 October to comment on these, comments sent for the last plans – where appropriate – will still be considered.

You can download and view these by clicking on the file names below:


They now propose to move the customer entrance to the centre accessed by two ramps either side with cycle stands at the front. The glass door is flanked by two panels of glass with signage above and the existing roller shutters are replaced by brick panels. We will post these new plans on the Pontcanna Hub website and of course they are available on the Council’s website:  Search for 13/01798/DCI .

The issue of deliveries, access and parking have still not been addressed so vehicles will have to reverse across the pavement into the side entrance near the junction frequently. We still have real concerns about these issues, the effect on the Conservation Area,  the impact of noise from refrigeration units on Severn Grove and the wider effect on local traders, which though not a valid planning issue, is of great concern to the quality of life how people live and walk around and drive/park in Pontcanna.

As these photos sent to us by a local resident show, it will make an already busy and grid-locked junction worse:


So if you have any concerns we think it is still well worth writing to object by 30 October 2013. The address is:

Development Management, City Development, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND or e-mail : / internet:

or the Council say it is recommended that you view the application details and make comments on their web site :

See below for text of e-mail received on 21/10/13

From: Edwards, Jane (Regulatory) [] 
Sent: 21 October 2013 11:31
Subject: AMENDED PLANS – 13/1798/DCI – 200 KINGS ROAD

Application No. / Rhif Cais:  13/01798/DCI
Date / Dyddiad: 21/10/2013
Please ask for/Gofynwwch am:   Amanda Sutcliffe
Telephone / Ffon:  (029) 2087 1298

Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 ______________________________________________________________________

Location:      200 KING’S ROAD, RIVERSIDE, CARDIFF, CF11 9DF
Applicant:     The Co-operative Group
Further to my previous letter notifying you of the above application, I have to advise you that amended plans have now been received. It is recommended that you view the application details and make comments on our web site :
You can look at the application and plans at the City Hall Reception (Main Entrance, Room 139) from 8.30 am to 4.45 pm Monday to Thursday and until 4.15 pm on Fridays.  Please quote the application reference number located at the top of the letter to reception staff. You will not necessarily be able to see a Planning Officer without an appointment.  The Rights to Speak at Committee are also available on our web site :

Please write to me within 10 days of the date of this letter if you have any comments that you wish the Council to take into account before a decision is made.

Please note that your letter will be open to public inspection.  Due to time and resource constraints, planning officers are not able to acknowledge receipt of correspondence or to respond in writing to any comments or queries made. You should enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you wish to be informed of the decision.

Yours faithfully, Phil Williams, HEAD OF PLANNING

PLEASE REPLY TO: Development Management, City Development, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND
(e-mail : (internet:

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

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 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:

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

07/07/13 UPDATE: Meeting with Co-op team about their Pontcanna Supermarket

UPDATE 07/07/13: Many thanks to everyone who signed and helped to create our 1210 SIGNATURE petition, a real community effort. The Coop said that this and our Representation to the Co-op letter and Review of revised developer’s traffic report191012 plus Coop member’s letters would be presented to the Cymru/Wales Regional Board meeting on 03/07. They said they would update us with the results from this meeting ‘in due course’ – watch this space…meetingThanks to all who attended the Co-op meeting last Thursday, and also to the Co-op team for giving everyone an opportunity ask questions and share their views and Alan for being a great chair. The Co-op were very clear on their plans, and we’ve outlined those below. CO-OP_LeafletIn response to some aspects of their proposed store we have started a petition survey. We have until Tuesday 2nd to record people’s views – the surveys are in some of the local shops and you can download a blank copy of here: Co-op 2013 PETITION if you wish to get some signatures. We have also created an information leaflet which you can download it HERE. Petitions can be returned to local stores with petitions or to 31/35 Severn Grove, by 5pm Tuesday July 2 at latest. If you wish to survey a street or area please email us. Thank you. ADDITION TO FIRST POST Mike Ash-Edwards from the Coop has said that any Coop members who have concerns about these plans can email him and he will present your letters to the regional board on Weds: pls email: To read a copy of a Coop member’s letter please click HERE, deadline for letters is Monday. UPDATE: The CO-OP have confirmed they are planning to put a CONVENIENCE SUPERMARKET on the Dairy/Pontcanna Pine site. What will the supermarket will look like? • A supermarket store which will trade 7 days a week, 7.00am – 10.00pm. • Retailing bread, meat, fruit, vegetables, household products, alcohol and will probably also be a lottery outlet. • Conversion of existing building into 2000 square feet store sales area with 1000 square feet storage inside the building space. • At this time, they are only proposing to rent the existing Dairy building for 15 years, but not the remainder of the site. • No confirmed delivery plan, they’re considering their vans reversing in/out of  of the space to the left building, over the pavement near the Severn Grove junction. What will happen next? They have undertaken some initial research around traffic and trade, and will present their proposal to their Cymru/Wales Regional Board on July 3 2013. They need their board’s approval to proceed. Most people at the consultation meeting (20/06) felt their information wasn’t correct, and didn’t reflect what it’s like to live & work in Pontcanna. As the Co-op stated that: 1. NO-ONE WOULD DRIVE TO THE STORE So the Co-op supermarket would not add to the existing traffic, parking and congestion issues in any way at all. 2. THE STORE WOULD NOT TAKE ANY TRADE AWAY FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES The Co-op supermarket will supply bread, meat, fruit, vegetables, household products, alcohol and probably be a lottery outlet, but will take no trade away from existing – many family run – businesses and stores. 3. AT THE MEETING ON 20/06 THEY DID NOT HAVE A CONFIRMED DELIVERY MANAGEMENT PLAN At the meeting the Co-op had specific data and plans for many aspects of the store but no specific delivery management plan for their delivery lorries. Why are we doing a petition? We need more time to undertake surveys to provide the board with more additional, accurate information. We’d like to present the board with a petition on July 3 showing that a large number of people in Pontcanna don’t agree with their initial research. Also that we are willing to commision and pay for surveys to provide additional data to assist their decision-making at the next board meeting in September. Please sign the petition and share with your neighbours and friends in the area. We need all petitions by 5pm Tuesday July 2, at the latest – please email us with any queries you have. Many thanks – The Pontcanna Hub team.