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Postcard project to remember the streets where they lived
Special postcards have been sent out to mark the house of each Grangetown soldier and sailor who died in World War One.
More than 400 postcards have been distributed to last known addresses of those who died by volunteers from Grangetown Local History Society - asking current householders to place them in their windows, as a sign of remembrance in time for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
The society has researched the details of most of the 330 men on the war memorial in Grange Gardens, as well as another 155 men and women who were omitted when it was erected in 1921.
Letters have been included with the postcards to explain the idea behind the project. Each postcard includes the name, regiment or ship and date of death of the casualty. And people can find out more about the casualty by looking on this website.
Thanks to members of the society for helping both collate and deliver the cards, which have been kindly printed by Allens of Leckwith.
Some streets no longer exist or have no homes on them any more, so the nearest chapel, church or school will be asked to display the cards. There are a small number of casualties for which we either have no details or no address is known.
Meanwhile, postcards of the Grangetown "poppy map" - showing all the homes were casualties lived before the War - have also been produced, and also a 200-page book It Touched Every Street is being published, telling stories of the men and women - with a detailed list of all those local casualties. More details on the Grangetown War project website
'Watch how you feed the swans' plea after rise in rats
Pest control officials are patrolling the Taff Embankment after a rise in rats in recent weeks.
Residents have reported vermin in their gardens and seeing them in the street - and the problem has been put down to people feeding the swans and other birds which congregate by the side of the Taff.
One local resident said she had been forced to buy a cat to try to solve the problem - and she posted a photo of a rat caught in her garden that afternoon. Another said: "I walked along the embankment last night and counted at least 30 rats, including babies happily munching away alongside the swans, no fear of the birds and no fear of humans either."
Councillors have also warned people not to leave scraps of food or bread out - as it was causing problems. This is on top of the usual issues involving litter from discarded food.
Councillor Ashley Lister said: "I have spoken with officers who have confirmed that all sewers and open cavities around the Taff Embankment area have now been baited."
He said they would also be working with waste management officers to discourage feeding of swans and birds, as well as looking at other options.
People are also reminded that feeding bread to birds and swans can be bad for them.
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.
Full plans are being submitted in mid November although it may be before the New Year before a decision is made. Residents are 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 for late November - in what will be the publication's 40th year.Contributors and advertisers are asked to submit stories and adverts by November 10th. Ideas and contributions welcome.
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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