Have YOUR say on the new bus station!

Have YOUR  say on the new bus station!

Exciting plans for re-developing Cardiff’s Central Square are currently out for public consultation. The Capital Square development will see BBC Cymru Wales relocate to a new BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rated headquarters building designed by world renowned architects Norman Foster and Partners.

The project will also help transform public transport facilities in this part of Cardiff, with a new bus station to enhance connections to the rest of the city, the wider region and to Cardiff Airport and beyond.

These are exciting times for Cardiff, and in line with our co-operative values, we want to give everyone an opportunity to have a say on the proposals. Engagement began in August, and members of the public will have a further opportunity to engage at two events next week.

The events will be held at the east and west end of Queen Street and on Churchill Way between 10 am and 4 pm on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th September. Surveys on handheld computers and forms will also be available for people to complete and an online survey is also available via the Capital Times.

We have had a positive response to the proposals from our previous engagement activities, with well over 2,000 responses received so far.

This is a major project which is being brought forward by the city’s  administration and it is a vital part of the city’s infrastructure development. It will play an important role in accommodating growth, creating jobs as well as promoting the use of public transport.

I would encourage everyone to take two minutes out of your time to fill in the survey which will be online until October 3. http://www.surveys.cardiff.gov.uk/busstation2014. The results will be considered by Cabinet later this year and will help to shape the re-development of Central Square.

Hubs

Last week, Cabinet approved a new strategy for future Community Hubs provision in Cardiff.

As a Co-operative Council, the City of Cardiff Council is increasingly looking at new ways to connect with local people and partners to help co-design and deliver services.  Our network of Community Hubs across the city’s six neighbourhood partnership areas is a great example of this approach.

Hubs are essentially a ‘one-stop shop’ for local services and make better use of buildings and services, providing a range of services in one, easily accessible location.

We have already opened five Hubs across the city. The first two opened in St Mellons and Llanrumney in Autumn 2011 and since then Hubs have opened in Trowbridge/St Mellons, Loudoun Square in Butetown and the city centre Advice Hub at Marland House.  The most recent hub to open was in Ely and Caerau, which I blogged about recently.

The Cabinet report identifies a small number of new hubs which are under consideration (in Fairwater, Llandaff North, Llanishen and Maelfa) which would help complete the city’s hub network.  These hubs would be the subject of a separate consultation process and Cabinet decision should they proceed further. This is in addition to the planned investment in a new STAR (Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath) hub which is featured in October’s edition of Capital times.

Each hub is different to reflect the specific needs of the communities they serve.   Our experience in Cardiff has been that they provide an effective and sustainable way of bringing together important Council and Partner services, such as libraries, housing and advice services.  Community Hubs also provide more opportunities for people to use our services in a more cost-effective way.

This approach has therefore allowed us to improve and extend face to face services in Cardiff at a time when less resources has meant we must better target and deliver our local services differently.

Hwyl,

Phil