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Grangetown goes Wild about new cafe
Lauren Saunders has opened her vegan cafe Wild Thing at 104 Clare Road - so it's time to take a look at the new business, which has already proved popular since it opened last week.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Q How long have you been trying to get Wild Thing off the ground?
Q Why have you picked Grangetown?
Q What sort of menu are you offering? The menu focuses on breakfast and lunch. Serving natural unprocessed food. It showcases local seasonal fruit and vegetables. For breakfast think all the classics but made in unconventional ways. Fluffy waffles, pancake stacks, porridge with all the wonderful toppings. My favourite savoury breakfast dish is the smashed black beans, topped with cashew cream cheese and pickled red onion. The cafe also serves lunch options of big hearty salad bowls and warming soups with Riverside Sourdough. There will be lots of gorgeous cake and Cardiff roasted coffee (Hard Lines) on offer too.
Q What is “plant-based food” – explain to those of us who don’t know?
Q Say you’re not a vegan but still interested in trying it out, what would you recommend?
Q You have said you want to be more than a cafe but have a commitment to the community and
projects – tell us more of what you’d like to offer/be involved in?
I’ve set the cafe three goals – to get more people eating veg; to reduce environmental impact and to tackle food poverty. The first two goals fe are through the menu, which is filled with local seasonal produce based on a diet that has the lowest environmental impact. The third goal to tackle food poverty is something I am really passionate about. Eating good food should not be a privilege! This is one of the areas which can allow a lot community engagement. I’m so keen to work with the Community Gateway project, for example, to deliver these projects to educate around healthy eating on a budget, run cooking classes and a community kitchen. I also I have a vision of a Grangetown Community Fridge in the future. I have lots of plans and strongly think that business should be used to create social change.
Q What would you say are the misconceptions about veganism?
You often hear that veganism is a ‘trend/fad.’ However, for me I went vegetarian at 11 and then developed to vegan whilst studying at university, so I have lived a meat free and then vegan lifestyle for the majority of my life. I think veganism and individuals reducing meat and dairy intake is vital for the protection of the planet and for our healths - and not just a fad. People often think that veganism is expensive.This is not the case. As I previously mentioned I turned vegan whilst at university and was on a serious budget! I used to eat a lot of couscous, rice, reduced vegetables,oats (which I used to make with water) and tins of chickpeas! My food shopping would cost a few pounds- I was very thrifty. Being on a budget probably helped me to stay vegan those first few months because I couldn’t afford things like cheese, quorn, eggs - which are more expensive than grains and veggies.
Q Is Cardiff generally getting better for offering vegan options?
Q Would the cafe ever consider opening in the evenings in future, is there scope?
Wild Thing, 104 Clare Road (on the corner of Stafford Road), Grangetown, Cardiff CF11 6RT is open from 8am-5pm (Wednesday to Saturday) and 9am-4pm (Sundays), closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Follow Instagram @wildthingcardiff; Twitter @wildthingcdf; Facebook @wildthingcardiff This is adapted from the article which we published in the winter edition of Grangetown News.
Developers seek to justify flats height
Developers behind controversial plans for 74 flats off Penarth Road close to the River Taff have submitted more details aiming to justify the height.
Dozens of residents in the Pentre Gardens have objected to the Bottleworks proposals, on the old Track 2000 site, saying it is too tall, out of character for the area and will affect the privacy of some homes backing onto it.
Rightacres have now added more detailed arguments, including that the flats would not affect the sunlight to residents in Pentre Gardens. The developer added that planning officers "were not overly concerned about height in the corner location on the junction of Penarth Road and Taffs Mead Embankment, in fact they hypothesised that the development could go higher here."
It claims the height has been "reduced significantly" during the design process. "The reason for this document is that further reductions in height below where the design currently would render the project unviable, and officers, appreciating this, invited the applicant to justify their position. The document does this."
Residents have until Thursday 21st February to send any additional responses to the latest submissions.
Meanwhile Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething and MP Stephen Doughty have both sent letters of objection, warning of traffic issues and the development being out of character for the area. Local councillors Ashley Lister and Lynda Thorne have also objected, saying despite the scale of the development being reduced it was still "significantly more imposing" than surrounding properties.
The planning committee will hold a site visit before deciding on the proposals, which have been called a "stepping stone" development by Rightacres. This phrase itself has been greeted with some alarm locally, at what it could mean for future developments and the character of the area.
Campaigners opposed to the development say the latest submission does not reduce the height or change the character of the development, while the number of trees proposed as part of landscaping appears to have been reduced. They will be given an opportunity to speak to the planning committee, along with the two local councillors. A deadline of 21 February has been given for final comments.
Residents also brought in an independent planning consultant, who in a submission said the application was invalid and there were "serious concerns with the level and quality of information submitted to support the proposal." She also said that the five-storey buikding would be more than double the height of nearby homes, and should be counted as a "tall building" under planning rules for a residential area and the proposals rejected in their current form.
Concern over bus changes for estate
Grangetown councillors have written to Cardiff Bus to say any cuts to buses serving the Channel View estate would be "not acceptable".
It follows reports that the company is looking to cut 12 routes to save money, including the 9a and 54 buses no longer serving Channel View Road and the estate from the start of April, although they would still run along Clive Street and Ferry Road.
The councillors say the estate is home to 1,500 people, including many elderly residents in the 13-storey tower block. The 9a has a turning circle at the estate currently, which is also close to Windor Quay flats.
"These residents will be left with no bus service at all within easy walking distances," say councillors Lynda Thorne, Ashley Lister and Abdul Sattar, in their letter to Cynthia Ogbonna, Cardif Bus's managing director.
"We are imploring you to review this decison by either removing it from the services withdrawn or to review other services to the area - to include pick up and drop off points to this community."
They have also called on Cardiff Bus to provide evidence that the route is not viable and to show what has been done to encourage use of the route.
Meanwhile, fares were increased from Sunday 3rd February, which means a single to or from Grangetown is now £2 or £1.20 for a short hop - up from £1 - for an adult. Day savers will be £4 - £3.80 if bought via the app.
Winter edition of Grangetown News out
The winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is out - in what is the publication's 40th year.
Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It is also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops, venues 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.
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