SHORTLISTED FOR COMMUNITY NEWS AWARD 2019 - WALES MEDIA AWARDS
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Parking pain outside school
Councillors have asked for traffic enforcement to help crack down on parking issues outside Ninian Park Primary School at peak times.
There have been issues for some time but local residents have taken to posting photos now of cars parked on pavements and double yellow lines in Virgil Street and Sloper Road.
Councillor Ashley Lister said: "Lynda, Abdul and I have asked for traffic enforcement to attend Ninian Park this week during peak times, and attend where possible in the future," he said. "We have also asked for an update on the design of the School Safety Zone which is being drawn up for Ninian Park Primary, so that we can apply for funding to Welsh Government."
Councillors are also meeting with officials to ask for pilot projects in Grangetown to try address the parking issues.
One resident said: "This has been going on here for eight years and nothing changes. Get traffic wardens down here and book the ones who are parking on pavements, zig-zags and yellow lines - they'll think twice. If there was a serious incident, emergency services wouldn't be able to get through."
A parent said: "Every morning and after school, cars don’t care where or how they park, even when the head/teachers go have a word they take no notice as they are straight back the next day doing exactly the same."
Meanwhile, parents and children at Ysgol Hamadryad have been leading the way to cut down on congestion and road safety concerns - the "walking bus" policy means no pupil was driven to school in January, proving it can be done differently!
Grangetown is officially most diverse place in city
Grangetown is now the most diverse part of Cardiff, according to new research by Cardiff University.
It has overtaken Butetown to that claim, says a study featured on the BBC Radio Wales programme Eye On Wales.
Richard Gale, a human geographer, analysed the census figures between 2001 and 2011, and found Cardiff’s diversity increased by 8%. One in five people living in the capital in 2011 identified as anything other than "White British".
Grangetown saw the biggest increase. The last census in 2011 showed that it is now home to a quarter of the city’s Pakistani and "Other Black" populations, including a fifth of the city’s Black African population live and an eighth of the Indian population.
Mr Gale said: "It gives it a very special status in terms of wider debates about identity, Welshness and belonging. We need to understand Grangetown as an expression of Wales’s history in terms of identity."
One category that increased significantly in the decade was that of "White Other," which swelled by 1.3%.
Monika (pictured above) runs Polish deli and cafe Delikatesy Mis in Clare Road with her husband. She came to Wales 15 years ago when free movement opened up in Poland.
"I was very young at that time. I always wanted to leave and try new things," she told the programme.
"Because I knew English, it was much easier for me to come to the UK. I’ve always felt welcome. I’ve never felt that people want to send me back home."
Pradyuman Halai, 32, vice secretary of the Shree Swaminarayan temple - the largest Hindu temples in Wales - said: "When you come to a melting pot like Grangetown, you see different people living their lives in a different way. Yet they’re proud that they’re in this country. You’ll see people living aside one another peacefully."
But for some of the older residents of Grangetown, the pace of change has been too fast and dramatic. There's a strong feeling of longing and nostalgia for a Grangetown that's gone.
Younger generations living in the area tend to feel more positive about the diversity in the area. For them, crossing ethnic divides comes more naturally.
Community worker Ali Abdi was born in Grangetown to parents from Somaliland. He now works for Cardiff University as part of the Gateway Project. His job is to build a partnership between the university and the communities in Grangetown, which involves the development of a new community space - Grange Pavilion - in Grange Gardens.
"This space is going to be open to people of all faiths and no faith," he said. "It’s a very exciting time for Grangetown. It’s the up and coming place. In a time where politically there are a lot of people looking for division, we should be looking at what unites us."
You can hear Eye on Wales on BBC Radio Wales on the BBC iPlayer. Thanks to Selma Chalabi.
|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, is crowd-funding to open new branches in Grangetown and an old park-keeper's hut in Thompson's Park, Canton. But the Grangetown base will be more besides - including a ceramics store and hot-desking workspace. The fund-raising campaign got off to a great start - 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?
Q What can people expect to see in the old bank?
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?
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.
Q Tell us about the coffee - for those who don't know what you do in Pontcanna?
Q Will you also serve any food/snacks too?
Q All being well, when do you hope to open - and what are the likely opening hours?
Q What does the Kickstarter involve?
Lufkin Coffee will be running its crowd-funding campaign until the end of March - 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, with the ceremony later in March. 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.
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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