Thursday, July 20, 2006

Monthly unemployment statement 

The monthly unemployment figures for the Adamsdown ward for the month of June 2006 are as follows:

Male 260 (up 11)
Female 57 (up 3)
Total 317 (up 14)

London 2012 bus rolls into Cardiff 

This week saw the Olympics come to Cardiff as officials, dignitaries and athletes arrived at the Millennium Stadium in a traditional London bus to spread the inspiring message of the 2012 games under the banner “Be Part Of It!”.

They were met by local Cllr Nigel Howells, together with nearly 1000 local children, from primary schools throughout Cardiff, who packed the pitch taking part in a range of sporting and athletic events.

This is the text of Cllr Howells' speech to the arriving dignitaries:

"Good morning and welcome to the Millennium Stadium, a building that needs no introduction with its fantastic reputation as both a National and International sporting venue.

I am delighted to be here today particularly as this magnificent Stadium will be used as one of the venues for the Football competition at the London Games in 2012.

While the Stadium has helped place sport right at the heart of Cardiff’s agenda it is only the tip of iceberg.

The development of the Sports Village in Cardiff Bay, will provide both Cardiff and Wales with the sort of facilities comparable to those in any city in the world. These will include a major new pool complex, an ice rink, a snow dome and an international standard white water course.

While this development will further increase Cardiff’s position as a regional centre of sporting excellence, it has to be viewed in connection with existing national facilities that are already helping to make the City’s presence felt in the sporting world.

Facilities such as:-
· The Welsh Institute of Sport at Sophia Gardens;
· The National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cyncoed.
· The National Indoor Cricket Centre and proposed re-development of Glamorgan Cricket Club to become a Test Cricket ground; and
· The proposed development of a new Football Stadium to accommodate the aspirations of Cardiff City FC to become a Premiership football club.

In all, this makes for a sporting ethos that will lay the basis for Cardiff’s progress in the next decade as a city of sport and a centre of development and sporting excellence in every respect.

With just over 2000 days left until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games, the inspiring message of the event being spread around the country led by the London bus and our guests from LOCOG is for people to “Be Part of It!”

There can be no doubt that Cardiff embraces this ethos fully - just look at the 1000 local schoolchildren packed on the pitch taking part in a range of sporting and athletic events.
This is supported by an army of volunteers, helping to run the day which has been organised by our team of development officers at the Council’s Sport Cardiff section.

What you see today is the pinnacle of a year long programme of sports and physical activity that has been taking place in our schools, parks, leisure centres and local sports clubs.

We are particularly proud of our children and young people who help to make Cardiff such a vibrant and thriving City.

As I mentioned earlier sport is a central feature of Cardiff’s drive to become a vibrant city. Over the last decade or so Cardiff has emerged as one of the European Union’s fastest growing capital cities.

And we’ve worked with a wide range of private and public sector organisations to raise the City’s international profile as a front ranking European capital city, to improve the City’s infrastructure and to diversify the local economy.

This has helped bring a number of major international sporting events to the City such as the Rugby Union World Cup, the Wales GB Rally, the FA Cup Final, Charity Shield and Play off finals along with many other varied sporting and cultural events.

But it is not just at the elite level that we work and currently we have development programmes in partnership with The Blues, Cardiff City Football Club and Glamorgan Cricket Club as well as many minority sports and the Sports Council for Wales. This ensures that all 122 schools are involved in a coordinated, quality assured coaching programme.

And we also work closely with the 450 voluntary clubs and Leagues in Cardiff helping to ensure that every child’s aspirations can be met through coaching centres and academies so as to identify and nurture sporting talent.

The development and deployment of new and improving coaches is a key factor in the delivery of such a wide variety of sporting opportunities. This is serviced by the partnership with both UWIC and Coleg Glan Hafren who provide a wealth of new talented coaches through their Student base.

It is our intention to ensure that the legacy of 2012 will have a dramatic effect by improving the lives of children and young people through quality sporting and physical activity programmes.

This is an inspirational day for us, and we all have the opportunity to be involved in 2012 in some way. Today shows how committed we are and through the efforts of our Sport Cardiff team how excited we are but also how ready we are to indeed, “Be Part of It”. "

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Official opening of the STAR Leisure Centre 

Today sees the official opening of the refurbished STAR Leisure Centre. Local Councillor Nigel Howells spoke at the event. Here is the text of his speech:

"Good afternoon everybody and a very warm welcome to the recently refurbished STAR Centre and Library here in Splott.

This centre, which takes its name from the four local communities that it was built to serve – namely Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath – was opened by the late Jim Callaghan back in 1981 – exactly 25 years ago today.

At that time, the STAR Centre was a pioneer in its field as there was a severe shortage of such recreational facilities within the area.

And it is great to see that the parents of the children who attend the STAR today were themselves the children who came here to use the facilities some 25 years ago

This centre was originally run as a charitable trust up until 2000 when it was taken over by Cardiff Council.

And, in 2002, following refurbishment, the STAR re-opened its doors and went on to establish itself as the important community facility that we see today.

The continued refurbishment of facilities here at the STAR demonstrates this Council’s commitment to improving leisure and community facilities across the city in response to the needs of local people.

Because we want facilities like this to be easily accessible to all sections of the local community.

That’s why we have installed a purpose built lift to provide disabled access to the upper floor of the centre.

But we also want to see facilities like this expand, where possible, to encompass new activities and to welcome new visitors.

Because we recognise the importance of facilities like the STAR as focal points of local communities.

And, in this respect, the merger of the library and leisure centre is a great example of how the facilities have been improved here at the STAR – it is certainly an improvement on the former portacabin that once stood in the corner of the site!

As a Councillor for Adamsdown, I recognise the importance of the STAR within this area of Cardiff and would encourage local people to make use of the excellent facilities that the STAR now offers. "

Friday, July 07, 2006

Latest planning applications 

The following planning application has been received for the Adamsdown ward:

06/01505/C : Full Planning Permission
Received: 28/06/2006
Applicant: Mr F Norris, 32 Zinc Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff, CF24 0GH
Agent: Private Sector Housing, Cardiff County Council, Shaun Lee Room 366, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW
At: 32 Zinc Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff

As ever, the full details of this application can be viewed at City Hall during normal working hours.

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