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Heol Hir Road Narrowings Removal Consultation

One of our election pledges in 2017 was to get the road narrowings on Heol Hir removed. And we’re delighted to confirm that the Council has recently been successful in securing funding to get them removed (find out more about the funding here).

Further to this exciting news, the Council is embarking on a consultation to hear the views of local residents about what will replace the narrowings.

The Council will be writing to all residents within close proximity of the narrowings, and you can see what the Council is planning to put in place of the narrowings, below.

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In place of the narrowing at the top of Heol Hir, the Council is planning to put a table.

In place of the narrowing at the bottom of Heol Hir the Council is planning to put a table with a zebra crossing.

Share your views

If you would like to share any views about the plans you can email [email protected], or write to: Planning, Transport and Environment, Room 301, County Hall, Cardiff CF10 4UW.

Next steps

After the consultation, the Council will put together a Consultation Report, and work will proceed to the detailed design and implementation stages.

We’re looking forward to getting the road narrowings removed in 2020!

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Homebase Llanishen Closing Down

Homebase Llanishen will be closing down this summer, with discounting at the store starting tomorrow.

Homebase, which announced 42 store closures last year as part of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) struck with creditors, has used a break clause on the lease, with dozens of jobs set to go.

No doubt this news has come as a shock for workers at the store and it’s vital that Homebase helps all affected staff find new work over the coming months.

There are rumours that a house builder has purchased the site and are set to submit a planning application in due course.

I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE (NOV 2019): The rumour about a house builder purchasing the site doesn’t appear to have come to fruition and the site is now home to a B&M Bargains.

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UPDATE: Unfortunately the Drive-Thru McDonald’s was granted planning permission on 18 September, 2019.

McDonald’s Submit Planning Application On Former Harvester Site, Ty Glas Ave

For the past month there have been rumours rumbling that McDonald’s were interested in taking over the recently closed Harvester site opposite Llanishen Leisure Centre. Well, after McDonald’s publicly denying it, they’ve now confirmed it with a bundle of planning applications.

Despite assurances from McDonald’s only a few weeks ago that they were not going to be taking over the former Harvester site, they have gone ahead and submitted several planning applications.

It’s very disappointing that McDonald’s have been releasing inaccurate information about their intentions with the site – obfuscating the community is not on!

Located just a few hundred metres from the gates of Coed Glas Primary School, and less than half a mile from Llanishen High, this will be the closet McDonald’s to a school in the whole of Cardiff. It will also be closer to houses than any other McDonald’s in Cardiff. And, of course just across the road from a Leisure Centre.

Goliath corporations like McDonald’s are of course fully entitled to look after their interests and pursue commercial opportunities that they think will be fruitful. But it is very difficult to see what good will come of a McDonald’s wedged between a Leisure Centre and a Primary School.

We’ve gone from having no fast food outlets in Llanishen, to potentially having 3 in less than 3 years. This rapid change is inevitably going to lead to additional challenges for the community, many of which aren’t obvious right now – but will be over the coming years.

Lots of us like to have the occasional unhealthy meal, but there are enough McDonalds’ across the city for our unhealthy desires to be accommodated – along with a chip shop just up the road from this site.

You can take a look at the planning applications and submit any comments you may have by clicking on the links below:

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Update on Removal of Road Narrowings on Heol Hir

One of our election pledges was to get the road narrowings at the top and bottom of Heol Hir removed. After campaigning on this issue for 2 years, we have a progress update to share.

The Council have submitted a bid to Welsh Government for funding to get them removed, and if successful the work would be completed this year.

The road narrowings are located at the top and bottom of Heol Hir between Llanishen Village and Excalibur Drive

Alternative traffic management provisions would be put in place but traffic would flow significantly better than at present. This would be a major victory for local residents and a significant improvement on the awful road narrowings that plague motorists every day.

Council officers should hear by early May whether the bid is successful and I will update this blog with more info as soon as I get it.

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Under Threat Bus Routes Saved

In January, Cardiff Bus announced that they were planning to cut loss-making bus services across the city, including the 86 that serves Llanishen, Thornhill and Lisvane.

Earlier today (19 March) Cardiff Council announced that through a tendering process, Cardiff Bus will continue 4 of the routes and Stagecoach will operate 2 of the routes.

Lots of effort has been put in to highlighting how important these services are, particularly to older people, over the past few months by many people across the city.

And the Council Conservative group has submitted a petition, a motion, an alternative budget, and has asked plenty of questions to get the Labour administration to listen. And we are glad they finally have.

Here’s just some of the work the Conservative Councillors in Cardiff have been doing about this issue:

  • We submitted an alternative budget last month, with an extra £250,000 for the bus routes that the Labour administration have now managed to get the money for (wonder where they got the idea from…)
  • We raised a motion in January calling for changes to Cardiff Bus directorships.
  • At last months Council meeting, a petition was submitted against the planned scrapping of the 86.
  • We’ve asked a range of questions of the ruling Labour group, including the cabinet, about Cardiff Bus.

Although in an ideal world these bus routes would pay for themselves (or even turn a profit) through ticket receipts, it’s important that as much of the city is served by good transport links as possible. There’s no denying that we are some way from that (morning commute on the train anyone?) and more focus is needed on delivering high quality services for the city.

With a whole host of new housing developments planned for the north of the city, effectively managing transport infrastructure is essential to ensuring the developments are sustainable, and the city doesn’t grind to a halt.

Myself and colleagues are continuing to make the case for better transport infrastructure and if you’ve got any views please get in touch.

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