Revamped Central Library and all change at Central Square

Central Library Reopens!

Central Library has re-opened its doors after some major improvement work.  The Library has has seen many changes over the past 150 years or so, when the first public library was established above the Royal Arcade in Cardiff’s city centre, and it has now undergone a huge facelift and gained a number of additional features and services for public use

Described as somewhat of a ‘Super Hub’, the facility will be open 6 days a week and offer a range of Council and partner services under one roof including; housing and benefits, into work services, money advice, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Credit Union and of course – thousands of books!

There will also be a “Digital floor” containing state-of-the-art equipment (including a 3D Printer) and plenty of public access computers with Free Wifi.   Other changes include an exciting “Teenage Library” and a new events space on the ground floor, with a grand piano as its centrepiece!

I’ve blogged in the past about the Code Club for School Children in the Cardiff region. The Code Club has now relocated to Central Library and will be working closely with the Council and our Universities to deliver coding and additional digital literacy sessions to schools.

Cardiff Central Library Revamp

The Libraries Team will also be working with Cardiff Start to provide a newly refurbished meeting room on the fourth floor as well as a creative suite for meetings, presentations and seminar spaces for tech start-ups – and other organisations in the city.

All change at Central Square 

August 1st saw the last bus leave Cardiff Bus Station to pave way for construction of the new Cardiff Transport Interchange development.

The Interchange will link travellers to train, bus, bicycle and taxi networks as well as being a place for visitors and residents can meet, eat and even shop! Cardiff is projected to be the fastest growing city in the UK, so it’s important that we accommodate this growth accordingly.

Bus

The development is due for completion towards the end of 2017. Bus routes will still operate and will be moved to streets close to the old Bus Station, with National Express services now departing from the coach park at Sophia Gardens. The Bus stops will be signposted with large signs around the city centre as well as maps available at the Railway Station, and City Council and other public buildings across the city. You can also view the map by visiting the council’s website. Support will be on hand for the first couple of weeks to help people trying to find their stop.

Whilst, this might cause some inconvenience in the short run, it really will be an iconic development and create a gateway to the city that will support our vision of becoming Europe’s most liveable capital city.

City Deal update

You may have read in the press over the last week that all ten local authorities in the Cardiff Capital Region have formally agreed to join forces to help develop a a bid for a City Deal.  A £500,000 fund has been created with each of the Council’s committing cash to the project. This commitment is a major step forward.

The City Deal aims to attract significant levels of new funding for Cardiff Capital Region to support economic development.  Now, in partnership with the Welsh Government, the ten councils will begin work to develop a proposal for the UK Government for investment in the city-region to provide jobs and boost our economy.

Regular meetings have been scheduled for all leaders, with Welsh Government officials in attendance, to develop the proposal, while officials have established a working group across all ten authorities and the Welsh Government to develop the detailed business case for the City Deal. Together we can make a real case for investment that will reboot our region’s economy, put us on an even keel in terms of UK infrastructure investment and allow us to compete with other areas of the UK and internationally.

Summer Fun

Don’t forget if you have families or friends in Cardiff over the summer, there is plenty to do to keep busy, including the Cardiff Bay Beach and the Cardiff Festival.  You can find information about many of the things going on in Cardiff on the Council’s website and Facebook page.

Hwyl,

Phil