Plans to develop a former supermarket site have been put on hold after calls from residents for more consideration to be given about what to do with the dilapidated area.
Residents and councillors in St Mellons asked Cardiff council to halt their plans to sell off the land at the former Kwik Save site in Willowbrook Drive to housing developers and consider building another food outlet instead.
The run-down site has become an eyesore for many locals since Kwik Save shut down in 2007.
At a meeting in Willowbrook School, local councillors called on the council to consider a food retail option.
At present, many elderly residents who do not have their own car are forced to walk nearly a mile to their nearest supermarket.
St Mellons councillor Ralph Cook said: “This is a burning local issue. An alternative that could ensure a retail future for the site could actually raise more money for the council.
“There would be an obvious boost to local employment and commercial competition if food retail returns to the site. The council must listen to what local residents are saying loud and clear.”
Cardiff council had encouraged a housing developer to look into building homes on the Kwik Save site, but have now decided to put these plans on hold.
Coun Monica Walsh added: “We get regular complaints about anti-social behaviour and fly tipping on this site.
“Residents know that we are fighting their corner. They are furious and want to see a real commitment to improving St Mellons.”
The council confirmed that they had put their current plans on hold and were considering a number of different options for the site.
A Cardiff council spokesperson said: “The council has put the sale of the adjoining land near the former Kwik Save site in St Mellons on hold while discussions take place between ourselves, agents acting on behalf of potential supermarket developers and with the prospective purchasers of the council’s land to see whether a solution can be achieved which is acceptable to everyone.”
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