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Fire safety issues at Channel View block

The flats were built in the 1970s and the cladding installed in the 1990s

Extra checks on Channel View flats have uncovered fire safety issues.

 Cardiff Council had ordered additional checks on cladding in high-rise blocks in the city after last summer's Grenfell tragedy in London.

  Channel View is 14 storeys high and has 86 residents living there.

New cladding had been due to be fitted but plans were put on hold after the Grenfell disaster last June.

It had been due to have new cladding fitted - as part of a revamped "rustic" look for the tower - but plans for that had already been put on hold until the outcome of the tests.

  Initial inspections by independent consultants found none of the cladding made of Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM) in any of the blocks.

  But they recommended further testing on the cladding, which was installed in the 1990s, to see if it would meet today's more stringent standards. 

  Tests results have now been received and show the cladding systems are made of veneered, fibrous-hardwood, rainscreen panels that fail today's fire standards. 

  No firebreaks were built into the cladding system on the exterior of the buildings either.

  Residents were informed of the developments with letters on Monday before the council issued a statement.

  Information sessions for residents will be held on Tuesday at 12 noon to answer questions. 

  As well as 80 flats at Channel View, there are others in Butetown and Llandaff North, involving a total of 400 tenants.

  Additional safety measures have already been put in place in the blocks including round-the-clock fire warden patrols and increased CCTV monitoring. 

  All flats have smoke detectors fitted and these are checked annually as are gas appliances. Fire doors are already being upgraded and this process will be completed by May. All high-rise blocks will also be fitted with sprinklers. 

  Cabinet member for housing and Grangetown councillor Lynda Thorne, said tenant safety was top priority and the council had decided to go beyond the initial review.

  "Unfortunately, the results of these extra tests have established that the cladding on six blocks fail current standards," she said.

    "Naturally, everyone living in these blocks will be very concerned by this news but I want to reassure them that we are working closely with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to ensure we follow the latest fire-safety guidance and to decide the best way forward. 

  "I believe we are the first council in the UK to carry out these additional checks on cladding, because of this and because of the results, we have informed Welsh Government and we will also be informing the UK Government's Department for Communities and Local Government."

    It is likely that the cladding on all blocks affected will need to be removed and the council is currently looking at the best way to achieve this.

  The council has also issued detailed information and a Q&A for residents on in its website.

Community defiant after Nazi vandal attack

The hope not hate message being spread Councillor Ashley Lister and MP Stephen Doughty on Saturday in front of the park keeper's hut, which has been cleaned up.

The Grangetown community has reacted with defiance after racists daubed swastikas, graffiti and Nazi slogans in the area around Grange Gardens on Friday.

Police are investigating the damage, which was quickly removed from walls and a park keeper's hut by council officials, after being discovered early in the morning by residents.

It provoked a strong reaction on social media and is believed to have been a targeted attack, ahead of an anti-racism march, which took place from Grange Gardens on Saturday.

Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty called it "utterly sick and disgusting" while Councillor Ashley Lister believed the perpertrators were from outside the area and the incident "would not be tolerated" by people living in Grangetown.

"You can't break the community of Grangetown," said youth worker Ali Abdi, who helped organise a multi-cultural youth football event with children from 15 different nationalities later on Friday evening in the park.

South Wales Police said: "The offensive graffiti in Grangetown has been removed. There will be a full investigation with every intention of arrest and prosecution of perpetrators. CCTV and house-to-house enquiries underway and posters recovered at the scene have been sent for forensic examination.

Anyone with information about the racist graffiti or any hate crime incident can report it to Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111 or online


Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am and at Grange Pavilion, 11am to 12pm; Dementia Cafe, St Paul's Community Hall, first Monday of the month, 1.30pm-3pm. Monthly drop-in for anyone affected by dementia. Hosted by Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Care. The cafe is run by volunteers and has been supported by funds raised in memory of the late Brenda Griffiths, a lovely lady who latterly suffered from dementia.

Grangetown Community Choir, Cornwall St church hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm. All weclome, relaxed, harmonious environment. £70 for term, from 18th September, payment options available. Email

Tuesdays: Exercise for Beginners, Grangetown Health Centre, 10.30am–11.30am. Weekly sessions to improve your mobility/flexibility and get advice on simple exercise routines that you can do at home.
Beatball Kids - for girls, Channel View Leisure Centre, 4pm-5pm (£1 per week, girls aged 7-11 only) Mixing fitness, dance and football

Grangetown Running Club, meets Channel View 6.15pm warm-up for 6.30pm start. Friendly and easy-paced group, ideal for beginners. Cost £1. Meets weekly.

9th Cardiff Brownies and Guides, St Samson's church hall, Pentre Gardens, 6-7.30pm. For girls aged 7-10, 10 to 14.

Grangetown Book Club, Grangetown Hub, 6pm First Tuesday of each month, December's book - The Commitments by Roddy Doyle.

Wednesdays: Greener Grangetown drop-in, Grangetown Hub, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Want to speak to somebody about #GreenerGrangetown construction? Monthly drop-in surgeries - first Wednesdays - with the project team.

Baby massage and baby yoga group, Grangetown Hyb, 1pm. Includes Welsh vocab and songs, suitable for babies under nine months. Email: Six weeks from start of February.

Cardiff Dance Stars - Ballet and Lyrical Dance, ages 4-6, 4pm; Modern and Lyrical Dance, ages 7-12, 5pm - at Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place. Qualified dance classes for children,

Welsh Taster and Beginners courses, Channel View leisure centre, 7pm-9pm. Introduction to Welsh - particularly aimed at parents with children at Welsh-medium school. From October/November 2017 until July and October 2018. Cost £177, intalments possible.

Pub Quiz, The Grange Pub, 8.30pm. Weekly quizzes, with a different quiz-master every week.

Thursdays: The Great Brains Speed Quiz, The Cornwall pub, 8pm. First Thursday of every month. Prizes.

Fridays: Grangetown Food Bank, Grangetown Baptist Church, Clive Street, 12pm-2pm. Weekly foodbank, organised by Cardiff Foodbank

Grangetown FAN group, Salvation Army - Women only. Starting at 10am with an English language class then 11am for a FAN meeting. Fluent English speakers welcome too!

Grangetown Afterschool Club/Full Circle Education, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 3.30pm-5pm. Brand new girls club, perfect for girls who love arts and crafts, games, music, photography, sports and making friends. If you would like any more information, please email:

Cardiff Dance Stars - Acro and Gymnastic Dance, ages 5-12, 4.15pm; at Grangetown Hub, Havelock Place. Qualified dance classes for children,

Cook At Church, St Paul's Community Hall, 5.30pm-7.30pm - first Friday of month. For children aged 10 and 11 to learn cooking skills and have fun

Sundays: Last Sunday of the month - Repair Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 12pm-4pm. Volunteers fix things that would otherwise be thrown away. In doing so, they help save the environment, share skills with people that need things fixed, and meet like-minded people. We are looking for local residents who can repair or fix: Clothing/textiles, bicycles, electrical appliances, furniture/woden objects, toys, PCs /laptops. Contact: Moss 07907489346 or Joe 07868206627 if you can lend a hand.


Thursday 22nd-24th March: WOW film festival, Tramshed cinema. Best of world cinema and anime, see below for full details.

Saturday 24th March: Keep Grangetown Tidy litterpick, 9.45am. All welcome - meet Jim Driscoll Way (by Channel View leisure centre), look out for the Cardiff Rivers' truck. Gloves and litter-pickers provided.

Charity coffee morning, St Paul's community hall, Paget Street, 10.30am.

Sunday 25th March: Repair Cafe, Hideout Cafe, Grange Pavilion, Grange Gardens, 12pm-4pm. Monthly repair cafe - Repair Café volunteers fix things that would otherwise be thrown away. In doing so, they help save the environment, share skills with people that need things fixed, and meet like-minded people. We are looking for local residents who can repair or fix: Clothing/textiles, bicycles, electrical appliances, furniture/woden objects, toys, PCs /laptops

Tuesday 3rd April: Grangetown PACT, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Wednesday 16th May: Charity quiz in aid of Friends of the Dogs, The Grange pub, Penarth Rd, 8pm start.

Saturday 5th May: GoTri Triathlon, Grange Gardens, Running and cycling event for eight to 18-year-olds. More details and free online entry here

Grangetown Festival: Events across June, including Community Iftha (June 7th) Carnival Day with a parade theme this year of myths and legends (16th, in Grange Gardens) and charity pub quiz (June 27th).

The Cinema at Tramshed - click here for listings and to buy tickets online. WOW Film Festival is taking place at Tramshed Cinema in Grangetown this year from Thursday 22nd-Saturday 24th March, celebrating the beauty and diversity of global filmmaking. In collaboration with Cardiff Animation Festival, there are three mind-blowing new anime - the politically and artistically fresh Chinese animation Have a Nice Day, Japanese animation house Studio Ponoc's eagerly anticipated debut Mary and the Witch's Flower, and the extraordinary Big Fish & Begonia, which has been a huge success with its home audience in China.

The beautiful Tales from the Silk Road programme includes some rarities from Central Asia: Heavenly Nomadic from Kyrgyzstan and from Kalmykia, The Gulls.

Also this festival has half fo the programme either directed or written by a woman.

Among the "F-Rated" programme we have two Arabic films: Beauty and the Dogs, a powerful debut from Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania; and Wajib, Palestinian director Annmarie Jacir's charismatic, warm and humorous portrait of a father-son relationship.

Instead of popcorn, V's Kitchen will be providing delicious Indian Street Food from the Tramshed courtyard.

Live events at Tramshed - click here for details.

Email your local events to For regular events, meetings and classes - including a listing for Grangetown Library Hub - see our directory.

New-look Clive Lane housing development gets go ahead

A new housing development off Clive Street lane - different from the original proposals - has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

There will now be 101 homes instead of the original 116, with Pegasus Developments now including two small open spaces after talks with planning officials.

Councillors were asked to forego more than £525,000 that the developers would normally pay towards community facilities as part of the deal because the homes will now be all social housing, with none of the houses or flats sold on the open market. It was argued that the project will not be "viable" unless the usual so-called section 106 agreement is torn up, and this was backed by an independent valuation assessment.

There will be a mix of one and two bedroom flats in three-storey blocks, as well as two to four bedroom houses on the site of the old railway embankment.

The embankment before its removal

Work going on to remove the embankment

It took eight months to move 100,000 tonnes of earth and spoil which made up the banking for the disused Victorian railway line. Altogether 6,000 lorry journeys cleared the way for the development, backing onto Ikea.

The back lane and embankment have long been a hotspot for fly-tippers, as well as being home to small traders. The site will include car parking and secure cycle parking for the flats, while the access road into Clive Street will involve the demolition of a house.

Hundreds of slow worms were transplanted to Cosmeston Lakes before any work began. But the council's ecology officer still wants to see wildflower areas and shrubs as part of the landscaping, to improve the green corridor in the area. Improved crossing points for pedestrians are also suggested.

The developers would normally be expected to make a contribution towards school places and local community and open space provisions. The so-called section 106 agreement would be worth around £525,000; this was calculated down from just over £916,000 originally.

But councillors were told because the proposal was now for "much needed affordable homes, including family housing" the project would be unviable if the developer had to make any contribution. The planning committee was told it would be a "benefit for the city" and councillors welcomed the fact it would mean 100% social housing, as they backed it unanimously.

"There is therefore a decision to be made between approving a much needed affordable housing development of 101 dwellings...or requiring that the agreed obligations be met, which would jeopardise the delivery of the development," says a report to the planning committee.

Officials say they are happy the housing is arranged to provide privacy  and the design "is considered to be acceptable and will result in an attractive and pleasant living environment."  

Spring edition of Grangetown News being planned in 40th year

The Spring edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is being planned - with a publication planned for May - in what will be the publication's 40th year.

Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It will also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops and pubs and you will be able to view an online version above.

Now called Grangetown News, the first edition of the new-look 16-page full-colour tabloid newspaper came out in May 2016. Published by Grangetown Community Action, it has been a quarterly magazine format since 1978. With the help of the Community Gateway team and the university's Community Journalism department, a lively group of residents and students met to produce ideas for the summer edition.

Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - we need people for Penarth Road and a few treets in north Grangetown who can spare half an hour- email

Should you have a local news story or would like to tell the community about your organisation or school then our paper is a perfect way of reaching people!you are a local business/organisation who would like to advertise to the local community our paper is an ideal place to place an advert.

 Our rates are listed below:
  1/8 page - £40
1/4 page - £70
1/2 page - £110
1 full page - £200
1 full back page - £250

  The Grangetown News is still printed 100% in COLOUR, but is printed in a tabloid format, making your articles and adverts larger than ever! This is a pilot project which will hopefully allow us to increase readership through spreading more positive, local news stories. The latest edition is 16 pages. All articles submitted should be in a Word document (or jpeg for images / designed adverts - All images to be supplied high-quality 600dpi, colour pictures converted to CMYK) and sent to

If you would like to discuss advertising in the Grangetown News, please feel free to contact, or call Ashley on 07572875804.

As well as more local news stories, there are features on local businesses and also sport. The paper has also been designed by Grangetown residents. Online versions of the features - with more photos - will also be put up later on this website But it's not too late if you want to get involved:

We are looking to develop Nextdoor "private" online community social networks in Grangetown. This is a way of residents and neighbours in parts of Grangetown sharing news, recommendations, tips, offers of help, trade small items or alert streets to crime, lost pets or specific local issues. It's also a way of getting to know your neighbours! It's free to join - for people in North Grangetown, which includes Saltmead, the streets off Cornwall Street, Court Road, Clare Road and Taff Mead (north of Penarth Road) go to this link here - being set up by Steve.

There are also groups starting for South Grangetown being set up by Ali and west/Bay area of Grangetown by John- go here, when you register with your postcode, it will take you to the appropriate group. It has also recently migrated a lot of new members from the former Streetlife forum.

City guides: Cardiff Council BIG Cardiff Cardiffians (history/photos) Cardiff city map Cardiff Pubs Real Cardiff
Media: BBC Wales News Wales Online The Cardiffian (Student journalism newspaper) Buzz magazine Local links: Butetown, Riverside, Grangetown Communities First
Grangetown Local History Society The Grangetown Flickr Group
Misc links and interesting city blogs: Anecdotal City Cardiff Third Sector Council Peter Finch We Are Cardiff Brew Wales Pint of 45 (Cardiff pub blog)
Other Cardiff community websites: Cathays Danescourt Lisvane Pobol Caerdydd Radyr Roath Rumney Splott St Mellons Tongwynlais Whitchurch/Llandaff North

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