Crowds gathered yesterday for the unveiling of a stone to mark the successful end of a community’s battle to save Rumney recreation ground from development.
Members of the RREEL Action Group, which led the campaign to save Rumney Rec after the council put forward plans to build a new high school on the site, along with Lord Mayor of Cardiff Derrick Morgan, unveiled the commemorative granite stone, bearing an inscription dedicated to the communities of east Cardiff, yesterday afternoon.
Don Taylor, chairman of RREEL Action Group, said: “These people [members of the previous council administration] were so adamant they would build and we’ve shown them that community spirit and the power of the community to save this historic ground.
“It’s just for everyone. It’s an asset to the community. It’s densely populated this area and this is the only flat piece of ground.
“It’s ours, it belongs to the community.”
Former MP for the area Alun Michael, who was recently elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, said the battle to save the field had been won by local people.
Huw Thomas, cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, said: “This historic recreation ground has for many years been the focal point of the community. “I always believe that parks are for people and this council has made a pledge to protect our green spaces for future generations.”