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'Unique experience' at first Grangetown pop-up restaurant
For one night only, Cornwall Street church hall is being transformed into a pop-up restaurant next Friday night for Grangetown's first pop-up restaurant. It's £30 a head for the three-courses but hurry if you want to book, as the word is getting around fast! We asked Branwen Llewellyn about the new venture.
Tell us who's behind it? Our names are Tomos and Branwen, and we are brother and sister originally from a small village near Bala in North Wales, but who have made Grangetown our home. I've lived here for five years, and Tomos for two. Tomos is a chef by trade, and although I have an office job, I think it's fair to say that any time spent away from my desk and not sleeping is time spent thinking about food. Tomos is very much the same, and approached me one day with the suggestion of organising a pop-up restaurant, and here we are, a week away from the big night!
What can people expect on the night - are you dressing the place up or will it be all about the food and the atmosphere? People can expect a great meal served in a friendly and open atmosphere. We enjoy home cooking, and we hope that both the meal and the atmosphere will reflect that, whilst still giving our guests a special and unique experience.
Pop-up restaurants have happened elsewhere but this is a first for Grangetown - how do you think the place is changing? Cardiff is fast becoming a 'foodie' city. Grangetown has a wealth of restaurants, take-aways and food stores, and this pop-up is just one small add-on to what is already a vibrant food scene. New initiatives are coming to Grangetown all the time, and our hope is that the Porthi pop-up restaurant will become a regular event for the Grangetown community.
What are you favourite foodie places in the city? There may be too many to mention as we love everything from Pizza Pronto to Milkwood, from Bar 44 to Vegetarian Food Studio, from Bangkok Cafe to Mezza Luna. And Canna Deli, of course, where Tomos is the chef!
What would you like to do after this one? We're concentrating on getting the first Porthi event under our belts before thinking about the next, but in the meantime would welcome any suggestions for future menus - what would you like to see at the next Porthi pop-up? Let us know via the email address (below)
How many tables are available and how do people book? We're actually very near capacity now for this first pop-up, but anyone interested can contact us on email@example.com
Residents worried about Track 2000 flats plans
Residents were urged to keep emotions out of their opposition to proposals to build 86 flats on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Track 2000 site off Penarth Road.
Developers Rightacres - who are already building the Capital Quarter and are due to start work on the old Brain's brewery in the city centre - bought the old warehouse after it closed earlier this year.
More than 70 Taff Mead residents packed a meeting at the Samaj Centre Monday, attended by two local councillors, with many expressing unhappiness at the proposed height of the flats.
Rightacres - who have put out the proposals for a pre-planning consultation - want to build 86 flats, up to seven storeys at its tallest.
Bottleworks Wharf - named after a bottle works which was once on the site - would involve 50 one-bedroom and 36 two bedroom private rented flats. The developers say it would continue "ongoing regeneration" and provide a "much needed housing option in a highly sustainable location close to the city centre."
A 12-storey block of apartments had originally been suggested but this is thought to have been an opening bargaining position which was reduced after initial consultation with council officials and also concerns from local residents.
But residents are still unhappy about the scale of the development and loss of privacy - particularly with gardens from Pentre Gardens backing onto the site. The development would still be five-storeys at its lowest point rising to a height of 19.5m. But the pre-planning submission claims although the design is higher than the old Track 2000 - it is further away from existing homes.
At the meeting, Councillor Lynda Thorne said it was important for residents to focus on planning grounds to their objections and not let emotions get in the way.
She said it was unlikely the proposal could be defeated on the issue of parking - given current guidelines - but there were other objections such as the height of the proposed building and for the design to be more in keeping with homes around it.
Some residents said the development marked a "tipping point" for Grangetown, with worries about overcrowding. Others pointed to other flat developments - like the old Inn on the River - which were smaller in scale and more sympathetically designed.
There was also some derision for the attempt to design a warehouse look and call it a "wharf."
Before the plans eventually go to the council committee, residents will take up an offer from the developer of a contribution towards hiring an independent planning expert. A site meeting is also expected to be held before any decision is taken.
Reaction from local residents so far includes:
The developers will be arguing that in scale it will be a "mirror image" of the Unity student flats which were built 10 years ago on the site of the old Avana Bakery in Pendyris Street, a quarter of a mile away. Residents were reminded at the meeting that the student development was reduced in size after objections. They are worried this will have more visual impact - and also signal a step-change in the size of developments crossing over into Grangetown.
The development would include 41 parking spaces - 20 within a basement - and 90 cycle stands. Residents are worried though that the parking access will be via Pentre Gardens and are worried it will create congestion. Councillors will ask for highways officials to take a close look at the likely impact.
Rightacres in their consultation document say: "Importantly the development of this site will illustrate that development does not stop at the river bridge as it crosses into Grangetown and whilst this development is modest in scale compared with the Brewery Quarter and Central Square developments, it makes a stepping stone in scale between these and the traditional housing stock of Grangetown."
The site has attracted issues around prostitution and anti-social behaviour over a long period and many residents are keen to something built on the site - it is not the principle but the scale of what's proposed which is the problem.
Residents have until October 3rd to give their views before the plans are submitted formally. Full details of this are on the project website.
Winter edition of Grangetown News now being planned in 40th year
The winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is being planned for publication in November - in what will be the publication's 40th year.A contributors/volunteers meeting will be organised soon.
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.
Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised to our Summer edition - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - we need people for Penarth Road and a few streets in north Grangetown who can spare half an hour- email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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 email@example.com.
If you would like to discuss advertising in the Grangetown News, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ashley on 07572875804.
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