East Cardiff is “not high on the list of priorities” for council, claims AM

July 6, 2011 7 Comments »
East Cardiff is “not high on the list of priorities” for council, claims AM

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A Cardiff Assembly Member has said plans for a new school have been drawn up on a shoestring because the east of the city is “not high on the list of priorities” of Cardiff council.

Vaughan Gething, Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, told a public meeting at Willowbrook Primary School, St Mellons, that plans for a new 1,500-capacity school to be built on Rumney Recreation Ground had been designed because of “political” reasons.

Labour councillor Ralph Cook told the meeting new schools in other parts of the city had received larger budgets.

The planned St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, which could move to a site in Llanedeyrn, received £50m, compared to £22m for the Rumney Rec school, Councillor Cook said.

After being asked why this was, Mr Gething said: “It is about political reasons because of which parts of the city people in the council represent and where east Cardiff comes on their list of priorities.

“There are times you have got to just call it what it is and this is what’s happening. You cannot objectively explain why one school gets £50m and another gets £25m.”

Cardiff council has submitted a planning application to build Eastern High School in the face of fierce opposition from councillors and the public.

If approved by the council’s planning committee, the three-storey building will replace Llanrumney and Rumney high schools, which will close.

Coun Monica Walsh said the proposed building “looked like a prison” and would create traffic “chaos” for parents dropping children off.

Cardiff council’s rejection of a proposal by the Rreel Action group to grant Rumney Recreation Ground protected status is to be the subject of an upcoming judicial review.

Is Vaughan Gething right? Is the council ignoring the east of the city? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. @stlemur July 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    The problem is more one of class than one of geography — the council has plenty of time to listen to the rich parts of the city, there just aren't any rich areas in East Cardiff.

    Meanwhile they stick the incinerator in Splott and the landfill in Rumney.

    • Concerned Resident July 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Vaughan Gething's comments provide an accurate picture of what is going on in Cardiff East- it's super to see that someone is listening to the people! CCC have constantly ignored the wishes of people living in the area. YES they need a new school and YES they need a refurbished leisure centre. WHY however must they pay for this with the loss of their recreation ground? The school does resemble a cheap prison building – the school will be placed on one of the smallest school sites causing utter traffic havoc along the avenue seriously affecting the quality of residents lives.
      The sale of the other school sites especially RHS will leave the Council with additional funds to invest in Welsh Schools in more affluent areas of Cardiff. I feel for the people of Cardiff East and wonder how Rodney Berman and Co sleep at night. I know that they are trying to rush this through before they lose their seats in the next elections. The infrastructure for a new school is already in place at the RHS sitenand is the logical option. Listen to the residents views – treat them with the respect that they deserve. Investigations need to take place into the proposed sale of RHS and the other sites.

  2. Rodney Berman July 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Vaughan Gething is distorting the figures. The council is NOT spending £50m on the new St Teilo's Church in Wales High School. That's the total amount we're spending on four schools as part of a wider project. Some of that £50m is being spent on the new Welsh medium high school which goes on the current St Teilo's site and some of it is being spent expaning Cardiff High and Llanishen High each of which will in future take pupils currently in the Llanedeyrn High catchment.

    Comparing money being spent on one school against money being spent on four schools is not a fair comparison.

    • Avenue Resident July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Rodney why can't you just listen to the people of Cardiff East instead of constantly defending the undemocratic descisions that will seriously affect the residents in this area. Sadly we can't afford houses near the Roath Recreation Ground where we know CCC would not dare build a school – far too many affluent people living in that area. Have you at any time reflected on the impact that the new school will have on the residents living near it? I guess not – we are just Llanrumney folk who's opinions are worthless. Traffic Chaos and danger to pedestrians along the Avenue – Noise and fume pollution – loss of green space for the wider community. All of these factors go against the general planning policy of CCC. ie- preservation of green space – higher quality of life for cardiff residents – environmental issues – safety and traffic control….. All of this for a cemment block that resembles a prison. Do the right thing – listen to the people and build the school on the RHS site. Stop this maddness before it's too late.

    • Interested Observer July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Why don't you come clean and stop the BS about education and sell the recreation ground to a developer? You'd still be quids in and it would cause less disruption.

  3. Llanrumney Resident August 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    CCC haven't got the guts to do anything other than suck up to the wealthy. Meanwhile the rest of us are left in s***, with the council not even bothering to do the simplest of things..even though they are more than happy to take our taxes!! The roads in Llanrumney alone says it all. They are disgusting, as well as dangerous. Before you start spending money you haven't got on building schools that are not needed, think about repairing the roads, just as a start. Would be nice to see the east of Cardiff and the residents getting the repsect they deserve, they are no less human or deserving than the well-off. Start listening, it's the only way to get our votes!!!!

  4. MRGREENWAY November 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    In all honesty these politicians are all the same tell you what you want to hear for the vote.Labour ran Cardiff under goodwage and the others for years and being a resident of Rumney/Trowbridge for 50 years I have witnessed the council part of the areas run down .
    This has resulted in a park with no changing facilities which labour tried to build homes on at one time the roads a right mess and crime more common than before alot does go unreported.
    Rumney High was left to get in a right state by labour and lib dems disgraceful.
    And you get Cook and co banging their drums they have been localcouncillors to long and blame every one else and noe V. Gethin same rubbish different politician.

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