Hats off to the Reservoir Action Group
I was delighted at the start of last week to meet with Chris Jones – Chief Executive of Welsh Water – at Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs on the day they announced they had acquired the reservoirs from the steel company Celsa.
This is such good news and testament to the hard work and perseverance of the campaigners who form the Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoir Action Group. These volunteers have been campaigning since 2001 to prevent a major housing development of over 300 homes on the site and to restore the reservoirs to their former glory.
City Hall Reception for Action Group
To mark the achievement of the Action Group I have arranged a reception for them at City Hall on the 5th of February at 14:00. This will give me an opportunity to thank the volunteers personally for all their hard work .
Opening House of Sport 3
Before going to Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoir I was delighted to be asked to speak at the opening of phase 3 of Cardiff City’s House of Sport. The news development focuses on tennis, netball and also has a roller rink.
I was very impressed by the facilities at this amazing new venue on Leckwith Road which sits next to an impressive indoor 3G football pitch and other sport facilities which are used by Cardiff City Academy and are also open to public.
My thanks to Cardiff City director and founder of House of Sport Steve Borley and his entire team for this exciting new addition to a city that prides itself on its sporting tradition. It may not produce the next Phil Bale – but I certainly hope it produces the next Gareth Bale!!!
Apprenticeships for pupils
Last week my Cabinet approved an important new initiative for young people that we are calling ‘Cardiff Commitment’. It sets out our plans to get more of Cardiff’s young people into education, employment and training. Creating a natural progression into employment when they finish school.
We will be developing already strong links with employers to establish apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and partnering with schools.
Better education and skills for all is a priority for the council. Cardiff is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and a highly skilled workforce is an essential part of this future growth. The City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region would bring job opportunities to the area, but with that comes challenges. The region’s workforce will only be able to take full advantage of this opportunity if it has been given the right skills.
The ‘Cardiff Commitment’ clearly sets out how, we as a city will rise to the challenge and I want to encourage employers to be part of this opportunity to empower our young people to pursue exciting careers.