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Approach under New leader: Co-operative and Cardiff Convention for Cardiff

Phil Bale also outlined his plans to establish a 'Cardiff Convention' involving some of Europe’s foremost thinkers on cities.

Coun Bale said they will be asked to consider the steps which need to be taken for Cardiff to become “one of Europe’s most liveable capital cities”.

He said: “Cardiff needs to stand comparison with the best-performing cities in the UK and Europe. We must benchmark ourselves against comparator cities and work closely with them to share best practice. And I want to see Cardiff play a much more active role as a leading UK core city.”

He said he wants Cardiff to be a magnet for attracting business, talent and investment to drive the future prosperity of the city and the wider region.

Coun Bale said he believes the Co-operative Council approach adopted by many councils in England points a way forward for Cardiff.

He will be welcoming representatives from the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network to the city on April 14 to start discussions on this and said there will also be a “major public debate” on the options for delivering public services here.

The Co-operative Council model aims for collaboration between local authorities and local people to find better ways of working.

Coun Bale today told WalesOnline of his support for the large city projects which include Central Square and the new bus station, the Sports Village, and said he is “absolutely committed” to driving the metro scheme forward.

He said he has shown his commitment to economic development by placing the responsibility in his own portfolio but said: “We have to draw on the skills and talent and I would like to work with Coun Goodway and others to take forward the economic development agenda for the city in the future.”