Public Services Board Meeting and launch of Growth and Competitiveness Commission

Cardiff remains an outward looking international Capital City

Welcome to this week’s Leader’s Vlog which is very much influenced by last week’s decision to leave the European Union. On Tuesday I chaired a Public Services Board Meeting at Yr Hen Lyfrgell the Welsh cultural centre in Cardiff.

The meeting of public service partners from across Cardiff discussed the implications of last Thursday’s referendum on membership of the European Union. It was a very useful discussion and an opportunity to share knowledge and understanding of some of the issues that the City will be addressing going forward over the coming months.

Public Services Board Meeting

Cardiff has always been a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. We have over 100 languages spoken in Cardiff and people from over 100 countries reside in the city. So I think it’s very important at this time of uncertainty that we work together to reassure people that Cardiff remains very much an outward looking international capital city. One which respects and values the contribution of people from Cardiff and indeed from right across the World.

It was an important meeting but also just the start of a long series of negotiations as we look to a potential future outside the European Union.



Launch of Growth and Competitiveness Commission for the Cardiff Capital Region

Earlier in the day I was in Merthyr Tydfil for the launch of the Growth and Competitiveness Commission for the Cardiff Capital Region. This independent Commission has been appointed as part of the £1.2bn City Deal agreement and will make recommendations on the future economic strategy for the region.


The launch was at the Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil and it was a really good session. Professor Greg Clark an international city-region expert from London will chair the commission which will hold sessions right across the region. Looking at all the evidence that exists and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our region and how we can create more jobs and opportunities for people right across Cardiff, Newport and the valley areas of the region. But it will also make we sure authorities work together in a better way which is particularly important given the challenges that we face. Not least the recent decision of the EU referendum.

It’s a very important piece of work and a critical aspect of our City Deal that we signed with UK and Welsh Governments. We will now be looking forward with interest to the work of the Commission and their report back to us later this year.


Anyone interested in giving evidence or taking part should contact the commission at:






EU referendum – where now for Cardiff?

EU referendum – where now for Cardiff

Last night’s referendum result has raised many questions and there are no clear answers. We are now left to monitor the fallout. Quite simply we don’t know how the ‘Leave’ vote will affect Cardiff or indeed the City Deal. There is no rule book in this instance, nothing like this has happened before.

What is clear, however, is that the Remain vote in Cardiff – the highest vote for remain in Wales – indicates that our residents share our ambitions to see their city play a role on the European stage, as a European capital.

We all want to see Cardiff and Wales succeed and being part of the European Union has been very important in helping us to bring success to the city over the past 20 years, and it’s clear the majority of our residents saw that too.

We will not give up on making Cardiff a truly successful city, or on our vision of becoming Europe’s most liveable capital city.

We have some major developments coming through; not just the Central Square development and the spin-offs surrounding it, but also the City Deal – of which there is a significant European funding dimension.

For now we don’t know how the Leave vote will affect the City Deal – but I want to assure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the Deal is finalised and that it delivers the maximum benefit for the people of the Cardiff Capital Region.

Moving forward we need to convince everyone of the importance of the Welsh capital when it comes to delivering the jobs, prospects and quality of life that people desire and deserve.

We must not lose sight of the city’s significance as the main driver behind the Welsh economy.

If Cardiff succeeds, Wales succeeds.

If Cardiff delivers it delivers for Wales.

But, if Cardiff is to succeed in this new world then it’s clear the city must receive the full financial backing and the devolved powers it needs to grow and prosper in what is, right now, an uncertain future.

These are strange times and these are unchartered waters but I can promise the citizens of Cardiff that we will do our best to deliver for them and for the people of the Capital City Region as we seek to build a prosperous future for all.






Learning to ‘Bin It’

Welcome to my latest Vlog which this week focuses on something I know many people, including myself, feel strongly about – litter.

 Yesterday I paid a visit to Llanishen High School to see one of the innovative ways that children in the city have been learning to take personal responsibility for litter and ‘Bin It.’

The pupils responded really enthusiastically to these important messages and I hope they will go home and encourage their friends and families to ‘Bin It’ as well.







Come and cheer on Wales in Cooper’s Field during Euro2016

Welcome to my latest Vlog – which is on our announcement to have a fanzone for Wales’ Euro2016 games at Cooper’s Field in Bute Park.

Earlier today we spoke to members of the media at a launch with our partners BBC Wales and Sayers Amusements Ltd.

I am sure we will be able to put on a memorable family event for fans in Bute Park alongside the wonderful setting of Cardiff Castle. Fans will miss none of the action as the matches will be shown on one of the biggest mobile LED screens in the country.

The capacity is around 6,000 so there’s lots of room at this this family-friendly event.

It’s also completely free to attend the fanzone and there will be lots of entertainment for the family. Volunteers from the Lord Mayor’s charity – Cancer Research Wales – will also be collecting at the site so we are asking fans to dig deep into their pockets to support a good cause at the same time as cheering on the Wales team in the Euros.




(PHOTO CAPTION: With Norman Sayer owner of Sayers Amusements and Laura Priddle from Cancer Research Wales).





Central Square will become a high quality gateway to Cardiff

Welcome to another of my Leader’s Vlog updates which will keep you abreast of some of the positive things we’re doing as a Council.

Earlier today I visited the construction site at Central Square in the heart of Cardiff City Centre as final preparations were being made for the laying of the concrete foundations for BBC Wales’ new headquarters building.

The huge development on the site of what used to be our Central Bus Station is part of a wider scheme of over a million square foot of new office and retail developments in this area.

Renowned architectural practice, Foster & Partners have designed several buildings in the vicinity and in due course our new central bus and cycle interchange will be developed on the site which will link with a redeveloped Cardiff Central Rail Station.

Around 10,000 people will work in this area when all the construction work is complete and it will become a very high quality gateway to both Cardiff and the wider Cardiff Capital Region.




Cardiff is up for recycling challenge

Welcome to this week’s Leader’s Vlog – a weekly update on some of our activities as we strive to make Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city.

Earlier this week I visited our recycling facility at Lamby Way in Rumney as we had just released the great news that the Council is on target to meet our recycling target for 2015/16. The figures released still need to be verified but provisionally they show an increase of five percent which would take us just over our annual target of 58%.

Credit must go to residents and local businesses from across the city who have responded so well to our campaign messages about the need to take more of our waste from landfill and send it to recycling centres so that it can be reused in the future.

There’s still a lot of hard work ahead of us. We have a very tough Welsh Government target of 70% recycling by 2025 – but as these figures show Cardiff is up for the recycling challenge ahead!