Saturday, December 24, 2005


One of the last projects celebrating Cardiff’s centenary as a city was revealed today by comedian and presenter John Sparkes.
The Cardiff Centenary Walk will be a self-guided walking tour of the city centre, taking in some of the city’s most celebrated and historic landmarks, as well as some well-kept secrets. The route of the 2.3 mile (3.6km) walk will be shown by a series of brass waymarkers set in special paving stones and a guide book and map are being produced to provide more information about points of interest along the route.

John Sparkes, who recently presented A Story of Cardiff on ITV 1 Wales, unveiled the first marker at the Old Library, the first point on the 41-stop walk. The markers will be laid over the coming weeks and the complete walk will be ready in the spring. The route has been designed so that it can be followed in a wheelchair or with a pushchair and it can be joined at any point along the way.

John Sparkes said he was surprised how much history and detail there was to discover in Cardiff.
"We’ve all learned more about Cardiff’s first one hundred years as a city during the 2005 celebrations, but this walk has really opened my eyes to how much more there is to find out about the capital.

"I don’t suppose many people were aware, for example, that there was once a bull-ring in the middle of the city, or know where to find miniature sleeping dragons. There’s a whole host of treasures along the route just waiting to be discovered.
"And apart from teaching us more about Cardiff doing the walk is a very enjoyable way of keeping fit!"

Councillor Nigel Howells, Cardiff’s Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, said he was looking forward to walking the route himself.
He said: "The Cardiff Centenary Walk will be a lasting memorial of the 2005 celebrations, which visitors and local people can enjoy at no cost. Whilst it will be a long-term reminder of 2005 it will actually take in 2000 years of fascinating history.
"People will see the markers being laid in the pavement over the next few weeks and I hope that will make them curious about their city and want to do the walk themselves."

The guide book will be available in Welsh and English and will be available free of charge from the Visitor Centre in The Old Library, visitor attractions and hotels. Copies will also be available from Cardiff Council’s Marketing and Visitor Services team on 029 2087 3389 or tourism@cardiff.gov.uk.

Satellite Navigation Equipment - Be careful

With satellite navigation equipment becoming more popular with motorists, it is also becoming more popular with criminals. Where it’s portable keep it safe by taking it, together with the support cradle and suction pads, with you when you leave the car.
And remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard as thieves will look out for these.
Don’t leave the equipment in the glove compartment – thieves will usually check there first.

You can also help by following these tips:

• Mark your satellite navigation equipment system with your postcode and house number or your vehicle registration number or another unique number, using special security markers.
• Making a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keeping the note somewhere safe – not in the car. Consider recording this information on one of the commercially available asset registers.
• Don’t leave anything on view in your car. Thieves are opportunists and it only takes them moments to break into your car.
• Lock all doors and windows, not forgetting the sunroof, when leaving your car.
• Never leave the keys in the ignition when the car is unattended, even while you’re paying for petrol.
• Use car parks that are part of the police-approved Safer Parking Scheme.Approved car parks display the official ‘Park Mark’ sign.

For details, visit: www.saferparking.com
Don’t lose your satellite navigation equipment to car thieves.


Jenny Randerson, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Cardiff Central is challenging local children in Cardiff to keep silent for Macmillan Cancer Relief’s annual sponsored silence “The Big Hush” on Friday 27 January 2006.

As part of the challenge, this year for the first time the children will take part in a creative writing competition in either English or Welsh. The English language competition will be judged by Anne Fine. Based on her successful book Loudmouth Louis, which is about a noisy boy who challenges himself to stay silent and raise money for charity, the competition invites children to write a follow up story entitled “How Loudmouth Louis raised money for people living with cancer”. The Welsh language competition will be judged by poet Mererid Hopwood and invite children to write a poem entitled “Getting Better”. There are three age categories (6 and under, 7-10, 11 +) and prizes for the winners in each category.

Jenny Randerson AM said “This is a great way that young people can make a difference for people affected by cancer in Cardiff by supporting Macmillan Cancer Relief. Plus it’s a great opportunity to guarantee some peace and quiet in the New Year!”

Jenny Randerson AM is encouraging schools and after-school groups to take part in the fundraiser to help Macmillan raise £400,000. The money raised will help Macmillan support children and their families affected by cancer through Macmillan nurses and doctors, treatment centres, cancer information and financial help to those that need it most.

You can register online at
www.macmillan.org.uk/bighush or call 0845 601 1716 for a pack.


Jenny Randerson, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Cardiff Central and Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP are calling on the Home Secretary to re-think his police plans after less than a third of Police Forces have agreed to merge.

The 42 Police Authorities in England and Wales were given until Friday 23rd December to debate how they felt they should be restructured and only 13 of the 42 Authorities have expressed a preference.

On Thursday 15th December 2005, Liberal Democrats in Cardiff Council proposed a motion against any moves towards to an All-Wales Police force. On Monday 19th December, the South Wales Police Authority could not agree a position that would satisfy all the members.

Jenny Randerson AM commented, “The Home Secretary has completely failed to sell his merger plans to the Police Authorities and to the general public. In Cardiff, many people are sceptical that the plans will lead to higher Council tax, yet there is no evidence that we’ll get any more police on the street.”

Jenny Willott MP added, “The Home Secretary needs to listen to what is being said by Police officers, Councillors, MPs and AMs. The Labour Government is pushing through changes without proper consultation and without enough time for proper planning.”

She added, “We know that the Home Secretary’s plans for Wales are expensive, we know that they are undemocratic and create a Police Authority with representatives from less than half of the Welsh Councils, but now we know that the plans are also very unpopular with Police as well. We hope the Government will take this chance to completely re-think their plans and stop trying to railroad these changes through.”

Monday, December 19, 2005

Monthly Unemployment Statistics

The number of unemployed in Adamsdown during the month of November 2005, were as follows:

Male 243 (up 11)
Female 65 (up 1)
Total 308 (up 12)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Millennium Stadium goes "Smoke Free"

As from the 1st January 2006 the Stadium will become a no-smoking venue throughout the building at all times. Presently smoking is permitted on concourse levels and in the Boxes and Suites at the discretion of the host.

Safer Cardiff HomeSafe Project

HomeSafe is a victim-centred service that enables people to feel safe and remain in their own home. HomeSafe provides home security improvements to the properties of victims of crimes across Cardiff & the surrounding area. They offer their services to victims of Burglary, Domestic Abuse, Anti-Social Behaviour, Racial Harassment, Race hate crime, Homophobic Hate Crime and other crimes to person or property.

The HomeSafe Team consist of highly skilled fitters who have the practical and interpersonal skills to support people who have been victims of crime. HomeSafe works with the Police, Cardiff Women's Safety Unit and other partners on a daily basis. This has enabled them to reach some of the most vulnerable groups in our community. Over 2,300 homes received this service during 2004 - 2005 thanks to support from partners and funders such as the Cardiff Community Safety Partnership and the Community Fund.

HomeSafe has gone from strength to strength in continuing to provide a free service to victims of crime. HomeSafe is about to launch an exciting, new social enterprise which will expand the availability of this service to anyone in Cardiff and its surrounding areas. Any profits generated by this initiative will further support their work in reducing burglary and supporting victims of domestic abuse, hate crimes and other vulnerable groups in our community.

If you are interested in the HomeSafe service please contact Simon Borja on 029 2087 1267 or email admin@safercardiff.nildram.co.uk.

Friday, December 09, 2005

This week's planning applications

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

05/02737/C: Full Planning Permission
Applicant: Mr Viglitto

Agent: DTB Design, D Thomas, 286 North Road, Cardiff, CF14 3BN
At: 94-100, Cecil Court, Broadway, Adamsdown, Cardiff

05/02744/C: Outline Planning Permission
Received: 02/12/2005

Applicant: Cardiff Community Housing Association, 2 Ocean Way, Ocean Park, Cardiff, CF24 5TG
Agent: Davies Llewelyn and Jones, D J Davies, The Maltings Limited, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF24 5EA
At: The Former Eastern Hotel, 54 Metal Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff

Full details of both these applications can be viewed at City Hall during normal working hours.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Christmas Tree Recycling

When you have finished with your Christmas Tree, take it to one of the Council's Civic Amenity Depots where the trees will be shredded and composted.

The depots are at:

Wedal Road
Waungron Road
Lamby Way

The sites are open from 7am to 6:45pm, although are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
On Boxing Day, Lamby Way will be open from 9am to 12:45pm and on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, all three sites will be open from 7am to 4pm.

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