Does anyone of the wonderful people on this forum know how fast Cardiff's population is growing?
From 2001, the population has seen a yearly increase of around 1%. From 2001 to 2011 the population has increased by around 10%.
WOW! How long till we hit one million, I wonder?
at a rate of growth of 1% per year, it will be 100 years before the million mark is hit. however, this is unlikely to happen, as there is only a finite space for cardiff to expand. More likely is for Cardiff to merge with Newport, Penarth and even Caerphilly, thus artificially inflating the population, rather than ever naturally growing to that size.
105 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours 11 minutes 16 seconds
assuming we start at 350k
I feel it does have the potential to increase the growth rate by more than 1% providing the economy is boosted by the enterprise zone. We need more inward and international investment to kick start employment and bring skilled labour from other parts of UK.
I also feel intergrating towns and cities like Penarth, Newport, Cerphilly together as a Greater Cardiff City Region can work well to our advantage. But we need to see activity and development taking place alot quicker to see the effect, especially after WAG receiving more than £200m aditional money to help create growth.
Here is how we get to our one million+
Small towns and villages around the region making up the rest
Cardiff student population 42,000
Newport stdent population 8,000
Caerphilly, Penarth, Barry and Llantrisant should become a part of Cardiff. It would, however, be a bitter pill for Newport to swallow
I live in Caerphilly I'd love to be part of Cardiff being so close, but it would need better transport connections engineered to overcome the geological obstacles! At the moment to cycle the couple of miles from Cardiff and Caerphilly involves a choice between the Taff Trail/Nantgarw Cutting or DEATH!
When I first came here from overseas, I always thought that Penarth was part of Cardiff, silly.
We don't have much room to expand, hence why we need to engulf other places. It sounds a bit unfair, and it is, but we simply can't tell people to stop reproduce/adopt/immigrate/clone themselves.
Wait, scratch that last one...
If you think about it, Cardiff really is built in the wrong place. It is surrounded by steep mountains and hills, which can be built upon, but most people would prefer to live somewhere flat.
Still, better than Mexico City, which is wedged between two active volcanoes...
To quote Newport State of Mind, "... concrete jumble, nothing in order, not far from the border..."
Cardiff is a crowded, badly-planned, glorious mess with its current population, so could our infrastructure really handle it?
Sorry Des, but I have knews for you: Politicians tend to care about cost over anything else.
Besides, if we split Cardiff up like a slice of cake, which one would be the capitol?
I think there is still some room for Cardiff to grow commfortably towards Newport without reaching it yet. Careful planning could follow the M4 westwards too. Judging by the developement of Cardiff Airport some housing developements could be built there too without to much worry of noise pollution
Well, aren't you a credit to the human race.
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