A public meeting to discuss “preserving Cardiff’s architectural heritage” will be held in Cathays next week, as a 100-year-old family business faces demolition by developers.
Organisers of community arts festival Made in Roath and Cardiff social design collective ThinkARK have arranged the public meeting for next Monday, prompted by plans to demolish AG Meek on Albany Road.
The shoe shop, which has been in the same building for the last 100 years, could be knocked down after delevopers Tudor Jenkins submitted plans to demolish it and build a larger convenience store and three flats on the same site.
The plans went before Cardiff Council’s planning committee earlier this month, where a decision was deferred for a site visit which will take place on July 8.
But there was a big public reaction to news of the plans, with many concerned that the proposals – and others like them across Cardiff – represent “a disregard for the city’s architectural, social and cultural heritage”, and that Cardiff Council is not listening to these concerns.
Organisers hope that the meeting, at 7pm on July 2 in Cathays Community Centre, will be a chance for potential campaigners to discuss these issues, find out how to make their voices heard, and how best to campaign “against the continued corporatising of our city which destroys small businesses, communities, the landscape, and our heritage.”
Gail Howard, from Made In Roath, said:
“It’s really an open meeting for people to come along and find out what they can do to voice their opposition to the endless stream of supermarkets and convenience stores popping up everywhere at the expense of all these lovely old buildings.”
“These old buildings – they don’t seem to think they’re worth protecting.”
She said that following the news of the deferred decision on AG Meek’s future, lots of people from all over Cardiff got in touch to say they felt the same, and she emphasised that the meeting was not just to talk about buildings in Roath.
It is hoped a speaker from Cardiff Civic Society will attend the meeting, as well as a representative from Cardiff Council.
Full details of the meeting next Monday can be found on the event’s Facebook page.