Cathays set for regeneration

Cardiff Council to tackle problems caused by “alcohol abuse”

Cathays is set to have a facelift, in a regeneration project that will tackle the issues caused by an increase in population.

According to Cardiff Council, the student area has experienced issues with “waste disposal, noise levels, anti-social behaviour and a loss of community”. In order to solve this, a partnership between Cardiff Council, South Wales Police and other groups will work to improve the amount of “green spaces in Cathays” to “improve the local area”.

Problems caused by alcohol abuse, vandalism and “other forms of anti-social behaviour” in current parks have also been stressed by the council. By introducing a new project it is hoped that public areas will be used more by residents and subsequently will reduce “misuse.”

Through work conducted by Cardiff University, research has identified the needs of residents in the area and created subsequent designs for green spaces. This includes Llanbleddian Gardens near to Senghenydd Road and Ruthin Gardens by the Students’ Union. According to the council these areas constitute a “a key pedestrian route”.

They continued: “We are interested in the views of everyone who lives, works or studies in the area.”

The proposed changes include installing facilities such as tennis and picnic tables, “items of gym equipment” and new seating. In the potential plans for Coggan garden it was explained that table tennis would benefit the community by encouraging “physical and social activity and is likely to bring more people into the park.”

The redevelopment has been praised by local politicians, as Cabinet Member for Skills, Safety, Engagement and Democracy, Cllr Daniel De’Ath, stated: “The Cathays Regeneration Project has the potential to breathe new life into this area of Cathays. I’d really encourage the community to take the opportunity to have their say on the proposals. Their responses will help shape the designs and secure the funding needed to bring the plans to life.”

A consultation period is currently ongoing in order to take the ideas of all residents into account, with being people urged to fill in a questionnaire. They survey will remain open until March 23rd.