Big list of things being cut by the council on the links below. Community centres, library opening hours, the Big Weekend, and the Hayes toilets among many other things. Not happy reading...
There is a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 4th February at the Cameo Club in Pontcanna to oppose the closure of the riding school. Please come along if you care
They cant be serious about the loos. They have only just been done up! And I must say are a bit of a treasure
I may be cynical but I think the list of possible cuts includes some popular items soley so the Council can reprieve them and then crow about how they have been saved by their hard work.
For example the Splott Pool is located in a ward that returned all Labour councillors last elections after a brief period of having 2 then 1 LibDem Councillor. I would guess now that the 3 Labour councillors will protest the closure and then when it is repreived they can show how good they are!
I guess the loos can be reopened in future if moneys is available, and maybe reopened for short periods on busy days.
How about closing the smaller, and less used, ladies section of the toilets, and maintaining the gents but introducing a small charge like many toilets in London and elsewhere? Pays for itself...
If they close they will become lkike those in the civic centre and cathays library, an inaccessible relic.
True enough... feels like sometimes people need to tell them what to do or give them suggestions...
Wasn't the report supposed to be discussed at committee last week?
Also, how much does it cost to returf the front of City Hall every year after Winter Wonderland??
I don't know where this Hub idea comes from. It all seems like its been done on a back of a fag packet. Surely it will involve building on parkland? From my recollection the pool has a small surface car park in front of it and then directly abuts the southern part of Splott Park and the tennis courts and bowling greens.
Where will the space come from to build a new pool, leisure centre, community centre, library etc if not from the existing parkland? Haven't the council learnt from the Rumney Rec debacle?
Agree that there is no way all they are suggesting could fit on the existing pool site. I guess the adjacent, fairly newly built, play scheme and bowling pavillion/changing rooms would have to go. Possibly other areas of the park such as one or both of the bowling greens and bmx track as well. The tennis courts have already gone but replaced with a skateboard park and basketball court.
I think that the suggestion from a councillor that Viridor may be approached to contribute or even pay for the scheme is incredulous! Is that is the same Viridor who are building the Energy From Waste / Incinerator in the industrial part of Splott to which the same councillors stated that they were vehemently opposed to.
BMX track? Skateboard park?? God that's how long its been since I was last in Splott Park. I spent practically every evening/weekend there when I was growing up. You'll be telling me they've got rid of Jessie next....!
On a serious note this has the makings of complete farce. Oppose Viridor who get planning permission anyway. And then, when your leverage has disappeared, suggest that you tap them for some money to assuage the voters of Splott/Tremorfa who have only just voted you back in after a long flirtation with the LibDems. Announce closure of the pool to save 300k per annum and then announce building of new hub at the cost of how many millions? Such announcement seemingly having been made up on the spot.
Surely this type of thing is years in the planning? Discussions with developers over the STAR site, prepare plans for new HUB with inevitable local opposition to overcome due to loss of parkland, get planning permission, find funds to build etc etc. How long to do that at a conservative estimate - 3 years say. And presumably Splott pool will remain open during that time so as not to alienate the voters which means that the savings of 300k pa will not be made. In fact it will cost approx 1m to keep it going.
I'm not sure what the hell is going on but this level of brainlessness is making the tenure of Rodney Berman et al seem like a golden age.
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