Love Where You Live


Welcome to my latest blog!

As I’m sure you are all aware litter is a serious problem in our city. Over the last few months litter has been putting Cardiff in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.  It makes the city look ugly and attracts pests such as rats and seagulls.  Litter in our streets also has a negative effect on the quality of life for our residents.

We’ve thought long and hard about what to do to tackle this problem. And I’m pleased to say that last week saw the launch of our new campaign Love Where You Live.  A key part will be saying thank you to residents who have formed litter-picking groups and come out to help us keep Cardiff tidy.  They are our unsung heroes and we appreciate the work they do and the time they give up.  So how are we going to thank them?  Well by putting them up in lights on giant billboards across the city and on buses and bus stops.

This campaign is city-wide and as well as thanking those residents it will tackle the problem of litter from five different angles:

  1. A zero-tolerance approach to littering
  2. Raise awareness of recycling
  3. Neighbourhood blitzes
  4. Student education
  5. Harnessing people power

The key message though is that litter is caused by the thoughtless actions of a few. If we can encourage those few to change their habits and love where they live, then we can make a real difference to our city.

For more information on the Love Where You Live campaign including how to get involved or even to nominate a deserving litter-picker and receive a thank you from the city council, please visit the brand-new website and take a look at our campaign video and billboard pictures.



Performance Figures Show Improvements

Welcome to my latest blog!

Figures recently released show that the City of Cardiff Council is the third most improved Council in Wales.  In two-thirds of key indicators (27 out of 41) the Council has shown a clear improvement.  This is a positive outcome given the twin pressures of a decreasing budget and a growing population.  It is a real credit to the hard work of all the staff.

Some of the highlights are:

  • Our primary schools have continued to improve their performance bringing us on a par with the rest of Wales – 88% of our Year 6 pupils achieved the Core Subject Indicator.
  • Over 90% of our roads are now at a high or acceptable standard of cleanliness. Also the number of roads which are in a poor condition is now at 5.2%, a decrease of over 1.5% on the previous year.
  • We’re clearing over 97% fly-tipping incidents within 5 working days.
  • We’re also recycling and re-using over 58% of our municipal waste; almost 5% more than this time last year. Only 8% of the waste we collect ends up in landfill – the Welsh average is 18%.

The improvement in our performance backs up the findings of other reports this year. ESTYN reported that our school services had improved earlier this year.  The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, and the Wales Audit Office have both also praised the City of Cardiff Council for our improved performance this year.

All this positive news means that we as an authority are heading in the right direction. But we’re not resting on our laurels – we know there’s still a long way to go.  So we’re going to keep up this momentum and aim high to achieve our vision of making Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city.




The Tramshed is officially open!

Welcome to my latest vlog.

 This week I attended the official opening of the Tramshed in Grangetown. This is a fantastic new cultural and arts venue.  It’s a project developed as a result of the Council using its assets very differently.  As many residents will remember this venue used to be the Council’s tram depot.  For many years we had staff working here on various transport projects.

But we decided to enter a partnership with a local developer and the building has been transformed with various facilities such as a fantastic café-bar, a cinema which will open shortly, some ‘live-work’ units and a tech-hub all brought together alongside a fantastic entertainment and music venue which has already attracted some big name bands here. 

300 long-term job opportunities have been created as a result of this project. It’s really going to help us in regenerating not just Grangetown, but the wider area in this part of the city.  So it was a great day and a brilliant project for the city council to be part of. 




Launch of run-up to the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff next June

baleWelcome to my latest Leader’s Vlog outlining some of my activities as Leader of City of Cardiff Council. It was a great pleasure to recently attend the FAW’s gala dinner at the National Museum to celebrate the launch of Cardiff 2017 – the run-up to the UEFA Champions League Final at the National Stadium of Wales (Principality Stadium) next June. The eyes of the world will be on Cardiff for what will be the biggest sporting event in the world