Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Stacey Road

Nigel and John will be supporting proposals for a Disabled Persons' Parking Place outside No 56 Stacey Road.

Friday, April 15, 2005

This Week's Planning Applications

The Council has received the following planning applications for the Adamsdown ward this week:

05/00795/C: Full Planning Permission
Received: 06/04/2005
Applicant: Tredegarville Primary School
Address: Glossop Road, Roath, Cardiff
Agent: Kate Weston, Schools Service, Bessemer Close, Leckwith, Cardiff, CF11 8XL
At: Tredegarville School, Glossop Road, Adamsdown, Cardiff

05/00799/C: Certificate of Lawful Use - Existing
Received: 07/04/2005
Applicant: Jonathan Sims, 3 Brendan View Close, Rhoose,
At: 72 Stacey Road, Adamsdown, Cardiff

The applications can be viewed at City Hall during normal working hours.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Adamsdown Refuse Disposal Schemes 2005

Refuse vehicles will be at the following sites on the times shown for the disposal of unwanted household items:

Saturday 30th April 2005 between 10am and 4pm
Anderson Place and at the junction of Stacey Road and Newport Road

Sunday 1st May 2005 between 10am and 4pm
Kames Place and at the junction of Diamond Street and Cecil Street

Wednesday 8th June 2005 between 3.30pm and 7pm
Kames Place, Anderson Place and at the junction of Diamond Street and Cecil Street

Thursday 9th June 2005 between 3.30pm and 7pm
Kames Place, System Street and at the junction of Stacey Road and Newport Road

Sunday 11th September 2005 between 10am and 4pm
Kames Place and at the junction of Diamond Street and Cecil Street

Thursday 22nd September 2005 between 3.30pm and 7pm
Kames Place, System Street and at the junction of Stacey Road and Newport Road

Please note that the vehicles are only available for the disposal of household refuse.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

New Scupltures for the City Centre

The Council has commissioned four new public art sculptures which were unveiled recently.

All four were the work of the late Robert Thomas, who's wife Mary was present at the unveiling.

The Sculpture called ‘Mother & Son’ was unveiled by The Lord Mayor, ‘The Family’ was unveiled by Beverley Humphreys, ‘The Minor’ was unveiled by David Lewis, Chair of the Rhondda Civic Society, and ‘The Girl’ was unveiled by Mary Thomas at Gorsedd Gardens.

The first 3 Sculptures are the final phase of the Queen Street Improvement Scheme, undertaken over the last 18 months by the Council and the fourth Sculpture at Gorsedd Gardens also completes the Improvements made in this beautiful City Centre Park.

These Sculptures compliment the exciting collection of Robert Thomas Sculptures in Cardiff, which include Aneurin Bevan, already well established in Queen Street. Gwyn Thomas situated at the New Theatre and of course Diana, Princess of Wales located at St Davids Hall.

Speaking at the launch, which was introduced by Cllr Nigel Howells, the Lord Mayor of Cardiff said: “ I am delighted that Cardiff has been able to recognise the late Robert Thomas in this way and it is fitting that this wonderful occasion falls in 2005 our Centenary as a City and Golden Jubilee as a Capital City. The Sculptures are important in a number of ways. They clearly link the Valleys and particularly the Rhondda Valley with Cardiff and the rest of South Wales. They also embody the culture, history and character of the welsh people and there can be no more fitting place for them than upright in the heart of Cardiff.

Cardiff Riding School Horses Pick Up Their Passports

The 40 horses at Cardiff Council’s popular riding school have just been presented with their passports but don’t expect to see them queuing up in the departure lounge at Cardiff International Airport just yet!

The Welsh Assembly Government recently voted to extend the national Horse Passport Scheme into Wales and the school’s horses were amongst the first to pick up their documentation. The new legislation means that all horse owners have to present a passport whenever their animals move premises, enters a competition, is used for breeding, sold, or leaves the UK.

Cardiff Riding School, which is the only council-run school in Wales, was keen to ensure that its horses complied with the legislation. Chief Instructor Penny Pembridge who runs the school said “We appreciate the importance of the passport scheme and as a British Horse society approved riding school we are delighted to receive our passports from the BHS”.

Councillor Nigel Howells, executive member for Sport, Culture and Leisure, visited the school to see the new passports. He added “Cardiff Riding School offers a unique facility and has given thousands of people the opportunity to try their hand at riding over the years. We are pleased to be leading the way in Wales in terms of ensuring all our horses meet the requirements of the scheme.”

The Cardiff Riding School currently owns 40 horses ranging from Jester who is over 30 and has been at the school for over 20 years, through to Pilgrim and Zebedee who only joined this year.

Supporting St David's Hall and the New Theatre

Following criticism of the Council's funding of St David's Hall and the New Theatre, Cllr Nigel Howells has written the following letter to the South Wales Echo:

"In response to the letter from David Salter (South Wales Echo Viewpoint on 4 April 200), I write to clarify information relating to the costs of St. David’s Hall and the New Theatre in 2003-2004 as reported in your article on 29 March.

The Council owns, manages and funds St. David’s Hall and the New Theatre within the Marketing Tourism Service. The joint operational subsidy at St. David’s Hall and the New Theatre was actually £2,487,700. The venues presented approximately 600 paid performance of very diverse range of theatre, arts and music, including opera, orchestral symphony concerts, pantomime, dance, drama, rock, pop, jazz, in addition to hosting the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, the Welsh Proms Cardiff, BBC National Orchestra- in-residence, Diversions Dance, and Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

The paid attendances totalled over 400,000, but this does not include the thousands who participated in conferences, degree ceremonies, visual arts and crafts exhibitions, or the highly successful education and community outreach programme. The community programme offered numerous workshop-projects involving over 11,000 participants, most of them school children and young people.

The performances, activities and facilities at St. David’s Hall and the New Theatre are enjoyed not only by thousands of Cardiff residents – but by visitors from Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond. The economic contribution to Cardiff and its businesses is enormous and is a key driver for the Capital City as an international tourism destination.

Together with other prestigious cultural venues in Cardiff (including the Sherman Theatre, Chapter, Wales Millennium Centre and the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff International Arena), they are an important form of the overall sporting, cultural, events and entertainment sector in the city – contributing to Cardiff’s designation as a UK Centre of Cultural Excellence by the Department of Culture Media and Sport in 2003.

Whilst the Council is mindful of the costs of these venues, we consider the value they bring to Cardiff is fully justified."

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