A campaign group set up to fight proposals for almost 3,000 new homes near Creigiau has held its first meeting, with members claiming the plans are the “biggest threat we have ever faced as a community”.
Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) preferred strategy, which was adopted by the local authority in October, proposes building 2,750 homes across two pieces of greenfield land to the south of Creigiau village, as part of an overall plan to build 45,400 new homes in Cardiff by 2026.
But at a public meeting earlier this month, Creigiau residents said they had serious concerns about what the plans would mean for their village, including the increased pressure on infrastructure and traffic, and the impact thousands of new families would have on the village’s strong Welsh-speaking culture.
An action group was set up, and its first meeting was held on Friday night to discuss its next steps.
The meeting in The Pavilion at Creigiau Recreation Ground heard that campaigners had already been out collecting signatures in Creigiau, Pentyrch and Gwaelod-Y-Garth for a petition opposing the plans, and that Pentyrch Community Council had set aside an initial sum of £1,000 to support the campaign.
Chair of Pentyrch community council, Wynford Ellis Owen, and the county councillor for Creigiau and St Fagans, Graham Thomas, told action group members that they would be working together on a “non-political campaign”, where their only goal would be “to protect Creigiau village.”
Mr Ellis Owen warned that the LDP’s proposals for Creigiau would see the village “treble in size”, and that they represented the “biggest threat we have ever faced as a community”.
He said their most important task at the moment was to get people along to the council’s LDP public consultation event at Creigiau Church Hall this Thursday between 1pm and 6pm.
But some members of the group criticised the timing of the “drop-in” session, when they said many Creigiau residents would be in work.
County Councillor Graham Thomas said he had raised the timing of the meeting with council officials, but had been told that it was not possible to move or extend the session.
Coun Thomas agreed that getting people along to Thursday’s event must be a priority, as well as encouraging residents to write or e-mail their opinions to the council before the public consultation deadline of December 14.
He added: “We need to get as many people coming out as possible. We need to get every single individual in Creigiau e-mailing their thoughts to the council. We need to mobilise the village.”
Other ideas discussed at the meeting included the launch of the Save Creigiau website, developing Facebook and Twitter campaign pages, and printing banners that could be hung in the village to raise awareness about the consultation and campaign.
The group also agreed to continue collecting petition signatures, in an attempt to get enough to force at debate in the Assembly, and will hold its next meeting on December 7.
You can find out more about the Save Creigiau campaign on its website, and complete the council’s LDP public consultation questionnaire online here.