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 Second litter blitz for Grangetown

A follow-up litter "blitz" took place at the start of December, after the first week-long operation in October netted an extra five tonnes of rubbish in Grangetown.

The list of streets to get the deep-clean treatment were around the Taff Mead and embankment area:

Merches Gardens, Hafod Street, Mardy Street, Merches Place, Universal Street, Dinas Street, Pentre Gardens, Pentre Place, Ferndale Street, Coedcae Street, Cymmer Street, Llanbradach Street, Clydach Street and Bargoed Street.

The previous areas tackled included Corporation Road, Clive Street, Stockland Street, Earl Street and a community and schools litter pick in Grange Gardens.

Gullies and lanes were also cleaned in the last blitz.

But for a second time, no streets in the Saltmead and North Grangetown area are included with litter and tipping particularly noticeable in the area backing onto the railway and in streets off Cornwall Street and Court Road.

A second blitz in Butetown in the previous week collected 2.76 tonnes of additional waste including, leaves and litter. The first blitz in the area cleared 7.4 tonnes.

Councillor Bob Derbyshire, cabinet member for the environment, said: "This scheme is making a difference and it is great to see so many people organising their own events and contacting us to help and assist with the waste they have collected.

"Communities are coming together and taking pride in the areas where they live, which is what this campaign is all about. We ask all those that are organising clean-ups in their area, to contact us in advance so we can ensure that we can support in every way we can."

Greener Grangetown work starts

Work on a new water recycling project, which will see new green spaces and tree-planting in a dozen streets has started.

There was a packed meeting of residents involved in Greener Grangetown at a "meet the contractors" event at Grangetown Hub the week before developers moved in on 21st November. Concerns about loss of parking spaces were raised and those involved in the project said at least 50% of roadside spaces would be allocated for residents' permit parking, with the potential of more to follow.

The £2m first phase aims to manage better surface and waste water from paths and roads - equivalent of the size of 10 football pitches - and plant trees and green spaces in streets which will better absorb the water.

How Blaenclydach Street will look - includes a rain garden and more residents' parking.

The updated design for the Taff Embankment - with priority for cyclists and more residents' parking

It has been four years in the making and involves a partnership between Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales and the council. ERH Communications have now been appointed as contractors.

The streets involved are: Aber Street, Abercynon Street, Bargoed Street, Blaenclydach Street, Taff Terrace, Taff Embankment, Coedcae Street, Cymmer Street, Clydach Street, Ferndale Street, Ystrad Street, Llanbradach Street.

At the moment, the excess rainwater is pumped eight miles out to sea, but soon it will be diverted into the River Taff by an underground pipe in each street after being "cleaned" by the trees, plants, soil and shrubbery above ground.

The by-product of course is that we will have street improvement and extra green areas - which themselves will encourage bees, birds and other wildlife.

The issue of the lay-out of the road along the stretch of the Taff Embankment has also been raised, given that it is also part of the Taff Trail and cyclists have asked about traffic priority. The idea is that traffic calming will follow, with reduced speeds for motorists.

Cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, Councillor Ramesh Patel, said:  "This innovative partnership project represents a significant investment in the Grangetown area. 

"Once completed the scheme will deliver real community benefits in the form of increased green space, increased provision for resident parking, improved cycling and active travel facilities as well as reducing our carbon footprint and improving the management of rainwater in the area.  This is a real step on the road to making Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city."

It was summer 2015 when residents were shown the design details but it has taken more than a year to tie up final matters to proceed. The work is expected to involve replacing some old trees along the embankment, where roots have broken pavements.

Work on the project will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption to residents. It is expected to be complete in late 2017.

Dwr Cymru's Steve Wilson said: "The Greener Grangetown project will help improve the way our network operates during heavy rain which in turn will bring clear environmental benefits for decades to come."

We asked the Greener Grangetown management team some questions - and here are some answers that we hope will help: