SHORTLISTED FOR COMMUNITY NEWS AWARD 2019 - WALES MEDIA AWARDS

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Objections to Tramshed office/flats plans

Two Grangetown councillors have added their formal objections to controversial proposals to build a seven-storey office and apartment block next to the Tramshed.


Artist impression of the new development

The plans by the developers behind the original Tramshed project were originally put forward 18 months ago - and objectors back then included the Tramshed venue owners.

It would feature 28 work-live and apartments - 16 on the third floor and a total of 12 more on three floors above this. There would also be 7,500 square feet of office and business space on the first two storeys - either for one major company or divided up for small businesses or co-working.

Local councillors Ashley Lister and Lynda Thorne have both signed a joint letter opposing the development - and residents have been given until Friday (19th) to formally put in their objections. A petition has also been left in Grangetown Hyb. The other local councillor is unable to be involved in the issue as he sits on the planning committee, which will make the final decision.

The councillors - who have called for the committee to visit the site before meeting - said what was proposed building would "tower" over the Tramshed and that the design would "differ entirely" from the Edwardian listed building next to it. They argue it would be an overdevelopment, while also taking issue with the developer's transport report which claims most people using it will not come by car. "Parking is a real concern" for residents, they say.

The building off Clare Road would be raised up on pillars - with the ground floor allowing access for vehicles, including tour trucks using the venue next door.

The plans when they first emerged led to the venue owners objecting - saying the work itself would cause "significant business disruption" and could threaten the Tramshed's viability.

They were also concerned that when bands played, the back yard where the building will go up is sometimes used by three tour buses and trucks and it was "essential that these vehicles can be parked by the venue".

The developer's revised application now states: "For occasional larger articulated vehicles that may need access to the performance space it is proposed that these vehicles stop on Clare Road and reverse into the service yard under supervision, then leave forwards, subject to agreement by the Highways Authority."

Again, there are no parking spaces put forward for the development, with the planning document's travel plan insisting residents and businesses would be able to use public transport, it was within walking distance of the city centre, while there would be a secure area for cycles.

It also argues in its heritage report that its position close to the railway and its design mean it is in keeping with the Tramshed buildings - the Edwardian redbrick front is Grade II listed. "The concept is for a building that has a sympathy and harmony to the Tramshed in tone and material, but that is at the same time distinct and has its own design integrity," it says.


A CGI illustration of the view of the 'Eye' towards the Bay

Some of your views:

While some residents have welcomed new developments, most have expressed real concern at the plans and the design itself. "The Tramshed is such a beautiful old building, why stick something so ugly towering over it?" said one. "Surely they could've come up with something that complemented the Tramshed in structure not just make it a similar colour."

"No! The last thing Grangetown needs is more multi-level flats with minimal parking facilities" and another said "Ugliest building I’ve ever seen. No character what so ever. Looks like they’ve put two cargo carrying units on top of each other!"

"More pressure on local parking spaces, and local roads, I guess, even if a minority travel by car."

"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....and whoever designed that seriously needs an eye test."

It likens the look to a "large framed glazed ‘eye’ looking towards the Bay".


Another view of the concept

One objection already comes from a resident living in the Tramshed development.

Councillor Lister said: "It's an overdevelopment of the site and we don't see it as in keeping with any of the surrounding area.

"The development of the Tramshed was excellent and great for Grangetown but this is a step too far and will add further problems for traffic and congestion in the area. We will be objecting to the amended application."

In the wake of the controversy over the Rightacres' Bottleworks flats plan - likely to be decided in April - there is already concern over a "creeping" city centre and developments which are out of keeping with a primarily residential neighbourhood.

The proposals can be seen online, where comments can also be made. Letters can also be sent to: Development Control, Strategic Planning, Highways and Traffic and Transportation, County Hall, Cardiff, CF10 4UW (e-mail: developmentcontrol@cardiff.gov.uk) quoting ref: 17/01744/MJR.


Bottleworks flats plan height tweaked as Track 2000 demolished

The controversial plans to build flats on the Taff Embankment have been changed - with a reduction in height of three quarters of a metre.

Developers Rightacres want to build 74 flats on the old Track 2000 site on the junction with Penarth Road. The old warehouse is being demolished, although a local Grangetown artist managed to save the old clock from being thrown out - and The Grange pub have become the first to express an interest in having it as a feature.


The clock from the old Track 2000 building was rescued.

The Bottleworks proposals face strong objections from local residents and councillors as being too overbearing, with some residents in Pentre Gardens claiming it will overshadow their gardens. Cardiff Civic Society also objected, calling it "unsympathetic" and "retrograde".

The developers promise new images and a model of the amended proposals. It is expected to go to a planning meeting in May but residents will have more time to comment.


Day-by-day

Wednesday 17th April: Grangetown Community Action AGM, Grangetown Hub, 7pm.

Monday 22nd April: Clothes Swap, Wild Thing Cafe, Clare Road, 7pm.Free - donation optional. A chance to bring and take clothes for swapping. Clothes can be dropped off during the day; the cafe is open from 8am.

Friday 3rd May: Grangetown Local History Society, 2pm, Glamorgan Archives. Includes illustrated talk by the Jewish History Association of South Wales, "Voices and Images of the South Wales Jewish Community," including reference to Grangetown. All welcome.

Sunday 19th May: Keep Grangetown Tidy litter-pick, 10am - meet at Sevenoaks Park, Virgil Street. All welcome to attend - all equipment provided.

Thursday 30th May: Grangetown World Market in the Evening plus Community Ifthar, 6pm-10.30pm, St Patrick's RC Primary School playground, off Havelock Place/Lucknow Street. Crafts, fashion and designer stalls plus streetfood from 6pm-9pm, then community ifthar at sundown. All inside a marquee - and outside if the weather's fine. Enjoy a lovely community evening during half term, to kick off Grangetown Festival. Stall inquiries - grangetowncardiff"yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 15th June: Grangetown Festival - Carnival Day, Grange Gardens, 1pm-5pm. The annual fete and parade, this year with a fancy dress parade and activities related to a space theme (marking the 50th anniversary of man landing on The Moon)

The Cinema at Tramshed - Watch for future programme. click here for listings and to buy tickets online.


Live events at Tramshed - including The Unthanks, Wilko Johnson, Wedding Present, Shalamar and Nick Lowe. click here for details.

Regular events:

Mondays: Friends and Neighbours (FAN) group at Grangetown Hyb, 9.30am to 10.30am, women-only group at Clare Road Cultural Centre, 33 Clare Rd, 9.30am; and at Ikea, 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 paulinedown7@gmail.com

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:

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

Cardiff People First, Grangetown Hub Cafe, 1pm-3pm. A chance to meet project worker Dawn over a cuppa in the cafe, chat, make new friends or try new things. Project run by local charity working with people with learning difficulties.

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, www.cardiffdancestars.weebly.com

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: Nikki@FullCircleEducation.org

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

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.

Second Sunday of the month - Ponder with a Pint, The Grange pub, 6pm. Hosted by Fr David Morris of St Paul's Church, a monthly informal discussion group talking about issues and religion-related topics.


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

FOOTBALL: Buns turn the heat up to crush Grange

Ynyshir Albions 8-1 Grange Albion

Grange Albion got sucked into a real relegation battle as they went down 8-1 at league leaders Ynyshir Albions on Tuesday night.

Grange started well, causing Albions problems at the back. A long ball over the top was latched onto by Aaron Harris, who was taken out by the goalkeeper, Daniel Hurton, after only 10 minutes. The resulting free kick was blazed over by Nathan Alderman. Shortly afterwards Ynyshir went close after Gareth Nott fumbled the ball. Albions spread the ball out wide from the mistake and struck just wide of the far post.

Anthony Kennedy then made a great block from point blank range as the league leaders started to turn the screw. Indeed, after 20 minutes The Buns broke the deadlock as Sam McCarthy beat the offside trap and slotted home from the left side of the box.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 as a free kick from the right wasn't dealt with and Daniel Lever scored from close range. Just before halftime Ynyshir made it three from a quick counter attack. McCarthy headed in at the far post as Albions went from back to front in a matter of seconds.

As the clocked ticked down to the break Grange finally showed some promise. Good interplay around the box resulted in Simon Gardner firing in a good effort stopped by the 'keeper. Christian Churcher scored from the resulting corner after Liam Beattie's header rebounded off the bar.

The second half started badly as Ynyshir got three ahead again just after Albion had got themselves back in it. A sloppy back pass was intercepted by Ynyshir captain Scott Jones, leaving him with only the keeper to beat, 4-1. With 68 minutes gone McCarthy beat the offside trap again to slot home from six yards. Substitute Ceirion Mason made it 6-1 on 74 minutes as Ynyshir turned the evening into a rout.

McCarthy completed his hat trick on 80 minutes from Mason's deep cross from the right. Mason himself then made it 8-1 after McCarthy's smart cut back from the byline allowed him to find the bottom right corner.

Team: Gareth Nott, Ryan Roberts, Kieran Francombe, Anthony Kennedy, Nathan Alderman, Christian Churcher (c), Louis Rodrigues, Cameron Cummings, Simon Gardner, Aaron Harris, Liam Beattie. Subs: Hani Radman (Liam Beattie 75'), Lloyd Bowen (Anthony Kennedy 60'), Mason Bennett

Man of the match: Sam McCarthy (Ynyshir Albions)

Grange Albion's next home game is on Thursday 18th April v Baglan at Coronation Park, Sloper Road, 6.15pm. FREE entry.

Thanks to Thomas Sargent.

Wake up and smell the coffee - Grangetown is changing

Plans are unveiled for a coffee house in the old Nat West bank in Clare Road. It follows on from a new vegan cafe's successful launch and as The Grange pub marks two years since re-opening as an award-winning independent craft beer and food venue. Is Grangetown becoming the place to be?

Lufkin Coffee, which has an independent coffee shop in Pontcanna, plans to sign the lease this week to open a new branch in Grangetown and also has plans to transform an old park-keeper's hut in Thompson's Park, Canton into another shop. But the Grangetown base will be more besides - including a ceramics store and hot-desking workspace. The fund-raising campaign has now successfully reached its £18,000 goal - with those pledging able to get benefits in return, including a ticket to an exclusive cocktail opening. We asked Frances Lukins, co-founder of the business with husband Dan, what it was all about.

Q: Tell us why you've picked Grangetown and this site in particular?
We think Grangetown has a lot of vibrant activity and people living there will welcome a speciality coffee bar. It's quite diverse and busy and we think our working roasters will fit right in.


The old bank closed three years ago and planning permission was granted for it to be used as a restaurant, coffee shop, cafe or take-away - but not a pub or bar. The building includes an old bank vault in the cellar!

Q What can people expect to see in the old bank?
We like this space because we can fit our 10kg coffee roasting machine in there, along with the many 70kg sacks of coffee that arrive to be roasted. There's a few rooms that we hope to use as workshop space, for cupping the roasted coffee, bagging and labelling, batch brewing and delivery. We'll be excited to get our office space somewhere other than our bedroom, and have a space that all the elements of the coffee process can work alongside one another. We want to make this part of the process that we take care of, visible to the customer. There'll be an open plan coffee bar with communal tables, and booth style seating. We're going with a rough-nd-ready approach with room for bicycles and a setting that welcomes people wanting to work, or people coming for a catch up with friends.

Q You mention the aim to cut single use coffee cup waste. This is a big issue with littering in Grangetown, does this mean all your coffee will be served in re-usable cups?
We serve our in house coffee in ceramic cups made by local potter Micki Schloessingk, and in an attempt to cut down on paper cups we're promoting our reusable camp-style thermo cups that we've partnered with social enterprising company MiiR to bring to our Kickstarter. We're offering 35p off every coffee for customers who purchase and use this cup. We will still have some compostable cups in use, but we will definitely push to not have to use many of them.

Q Explain how the work-space will work? Is this a similar principle to Tramshed Tech or can people just roll up with a laptop for an hour or two? Our coffee cupping space will double up as a bookable office space during the day that seats approximately eight people around a table, for when people want to hold meetings. This will be bookable by the hour with complimentary batch brew coffee on tap. Besides this they'll be room in the cafe for people on laptops wanting to work - and we're in the process of deciding how best to make this work well for people.


Frances and Dan Lukins, founders of Lufkin in 2015 - it originates from the word 'love'

Q Tell us about the coffee - for those who don't know what you do in Pontcanna?
We roast speciality grade Arabica coffee beans, sourced from around the world via our partners Falcon Speciality. It is all grown at high altitudes and we select coffee from single origins, meaning single farms and estates. The green coffee arrives to us in sacks and is roasted each week here in Pontcanna before being designated to espresso, filter or 250g bags for home. We love coffee! We think it's amazing in itself, as it's tropical agriculture really. We roast with precision each batch to ensure we're capturing all of the inherent flavours of each variety of coffee, that comes from an exotic fruit, the coffee cherry. We also think coffee is best paired with life. That's our motto I guess. We find it connects us to people, and passions, and moments that are worth celebrating. It's a ritual for us to have coffee together, and we find it grounds us, helps us to be present in the moment, which I guess we could all use more of these days!

Q Will you also serve any food/snacks too?
Our thing is "coffee + pie", which is a nod to our American roots. We met in San Francisco where Dan grew up, and in America they're pretty good at doing one thing well. I think here in the UK we can cater to everyone, and suddenly the menu gets huge and things get a bit complicated. We've stuck with coffee and pie, as it's simple, and super tasty, and you can put anything in a pie.. maybe? We do apple pie, and cherry pie, and you can add ice cream to that, 'a la mode', but we'll also do some brunchy pies, and branch out a bit into lazy weekend style catering, with a crust.

Q All being well, when do you hope to open - and what are the likely opening hours?
Our aim is to be open as soon as we can, although it's looking like it could be June. We're thinking the coffee bar will be open from 8am until 6pm, but that's not finalised. We'll need to get the roasting machine in and up and running first, not sure yet how we'll get it from Pontcanna to Grangetown, it has wheels, so maybe we'll roll it, ha!

Lufkin Coffee has now ended its crowd-funding campaign - which was completed successfully. Details can be found here. You can read a feature about the new Wild Thing vegan cafe on our business page.

Grangetown News nominated for award

Grangetown News has been shortlisted for a community news award in the 2019 Wales Media Awards in what is the publication's 40th year.

The newspaper - with website and social media presence - was chosen by the judges in the community news category. Can we take this opportunity of thanking all our readers, contributors, volunteer deliverers and advertisers for all their help and support over the years.

Meanwhile, the winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper was published in December and a summer edition is being prepared.

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. In March 2019, it was shortlisted in the community news category in the Wales Media Awards.

Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - we need people for some streets in north Grangetown and also Paget Street who can spare half an hour- email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

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 editions are 16 pages. All articles submitted should be in a Word document (or jpeg for images / designed adverts - All images to be supplied high-quality 350dpi, colour pictures converted to CMYK) and sent to grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

If you would like to discuss advertising in the Grangetown News, please feel free to contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk, 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:

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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