Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Adamsdown Community Garden 

Have your say about the design of the new Adamsdown community garden.
The garden, based at the back of The Resource Centre on Moira Terrace, will be a haven for local residents and community groups who will use the space for therapeutic, educational and social activities in a secure environment.
It will be ideal for local residents who would like to support such a venture, meet others in their local community and/or learn new skills. It is also planned to set up a green gym. This is a supervised session that combines gentle exercise with gardening and is great for older or less active people. So far ideas include a seating & BBQ area, raised beds for growing vegetables, community art, kitchen/sensory garden and a small pond.
This event is aimed at adults, but supervised children are welcome.

There will be free workshops this Saturday, 4th March at the Resource Centre, 10G Moira Terrace, between:

11.15am - 12.45pm AND
1.45pm - 3.15pm

Workshops include:
Herb boxes
Felt making
Willow weaving
Garden design

There will also be badge making & information stalls
Please book in advance by calling 2046 0899 or book on the day (max 8 people per workshop -first come first served!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Tredegar 

The following letter has been distributed to 400 houses in the vicinity of the Tredegar pub:

"Dear resident(s),

Review of the Premises Licence
The Tredegar, 57/58 Clifton Street

South Wales Police have requested a review of the Premises Licence issued to the Tredegar pub, 57/58 Clifton Street.

The grounds given for the review are:

· The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
There has been significant crime and disorder at the premises, and a large quantity of crack cocaine and cannabis have been found in the premises when Police searched it. A person was assaulted and received a serious injury at an incident at the premises in September 2005.

· The Prevention of Public Nuisance
A number of residents have complained about the bad behaviour of patrons of the premises.

Although the Police have closed the premises using Anti Social behaviour legislation, they are now asking the Council to consider suspending, amending or revoking the licence.

If you have any comments that you would like to be taken into account by the council’s licensing committee when it considers this review, then please send them in writing to: Malcolm Evans, Licensing Section, Regulatory Services, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND. Alternatively, you can submit comments by e-mail to: licensing@cardiff.gov.uk
The deadline for submitting comments is 15th February.

Your local Councillors would also be interested to know your views on this so that we can make representations to the council’s licensing committee on your behalf. You can contact us by phone as indicated below, or write to us at the address listed at the top of this letter. Alternatively you can email Nigel at nigel@adamsdown.org.uk

Under new regulations, local councillors can only make representations on behalf of local residents if specifically authorised to do so. Therefore, if you are submitting comments to the Council, please state that you authorise Councillors Nigel Howells and John Dixon to make representations on your behalf."

Newport Road Pavements 

We are pleased to report that the Council is continuing its reconstruction of the pavements on Newport Road.
Work will start shortly on the stretch between Orbit Street and Piercefield Place. It is expected that the work will take 3 weeks to complete.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sir Steve Redgrave Trust choses Cardiff schools 

Cardiff Secondary Schools reap the benefits, as Cardiff Harbour Authority secure £100,000 of funding for indoor rowing equipment.
Sir Steve Redgrave set up his charitable trust in 2001, to improve and enhance the quality of young people's lives, providing funding to encourage the development and provision of facilities - with a particular focus on improving opportunities for children and young people in their local communities.

Over the past six months, the bidding process compared Cardiff against cities from the rest of the UK. Cardiff was one of three regions chosen for funding at this time, with the community focus of the Water Activity Centre at Cardiff Bay one of the factors taken into consideration along with the suitability of the scheme for the city’s schools and the determination by people with the Harbour Authority to make it work.

The funding secures the delivery of 5 Concept 2 Indoor Rowing machines, plus training support and coaching for teachers, along with free lesson plans and IT training for all Cardiff Secondary Schools. Education and fitness based around FREE rowing equipment and training. This UK wide Programme follows a successful trial held in Birmingham during 2004. Twenty schools were provided with free rowing equipment and teaching support. With more than 20,000 children now involved in the trial, this highly successful initiative is being rolled out, demonstrating the cross curricular benefits

With the obvious focus on Physical Education, these indoor rowing systems also help students develop skills in data analysis and IT, science and the study of physiology, along with the development of social skills and team building. The scheme will be managed through the recently opened Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre, who already offers exciting rowing and canoeing programs for schools, youth groups and the general public throughout the year.

The health of the UK’s young people is a major issue with the British Medical Association reporting that the proportion of overweight 11-15 year olds rose by a fifth between 1994 and 1998, and that two out of five boys and three out of ten girls take too little exercise.
The project, using the indoor rowing machines supplied by leading manufacturer Concept 2, gives children at the participating schools, or living in their local community, the chance to take part in exercise and sport which is not dependent on their level of skill, existing state of health, or even the weather.

In addition, the rowing machines will provide the schools with a further teaching method for information technology, PE and science subjects.
Sir Steve explained: “There is absolutely no barrier to taking part on the indoor rowing machines, which is why we have chosen this piece of equipment for this project.
“There is no doubt that children right across the UK have been losing out on opportunities to get involved in sport and exercise over the past few years, and we hope that this model will be one which can be repeated in many areas around the country.”

Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture said “This Programme has the full backing of Cardiff Council. I hope that all of Cardiff secondary schools will take advantage of this opportunity, which will extend over a two year period.”
As all secondary schools are eligible for this free equipment and support, the programmed has huge potential.
He added; “I am looking forward to attending the first Cardiff Schools Indoor Rowing Championships later in the year, in which pupils will be given the opportunity to represent their school and win national recognition.”

Friary proposal dropped by Cardiff's Lib Dem executive 

This evening, Cardiff's Liberal Democrat executive agreed not to proceed with the draft budget proposal to relocate council services from the Friary Centre. This means that all current provision at the centre, including the music and basic skills services, will continue to operate from the building.

Councillor Bill Kelloway, the executive member for education and lifelong learning, said: "The possible relocation of services from the Friary has never progressed beyond the stage of a draft proposal. In deciding not to pursue the proposal, the executive took into account a number of factors - including the characteristics of the building, the potential for efficiency savings to be found elsewhere, the advice of the council's Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the views of users of the building and their families.

"After weighing up all these factors we concluded that the proposal should not feature in the budget that will be formally considered by the executive on 14 February."

Council leader Rodney Berman added: "The Liberal Democrat executive is grateful to all those who expressed their views on this draft proposal. Like all our budget proposals we published it in draft form so that people could be given the opportunity to tell us what they thought before any decisions were taken.

"The view on this particular draft proposal has been made loud and clear and, by agreeing that it should no longer be considered, the council's Liberal Democrat executive is showing that it is prepared to listen."

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