Stone unveiled to mark end of Rumney Rec battle

December 18, 2012 5 Comments »
Left to right, Mel Plenty, treasurer for RREEL, Cardiff's Lord Mayor Derrick Morgan, chairman of RREEL Don Taylor, and Cardiff's cabinet member for sport and leisure Coun Huw Thomas, unveil the plaque at Rumney Recreation Ground.

Left to right, Mel Plenty, treasurer for RREEL, Cardiff’s Lord Mayor Derrick Morgan, chairman of RREEL Don Taylor, and Cardiff’s cabinet member for sport and leisure Coun Huw Thomas, unveil the plaque at Rumney Recreation Ground.

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.”

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  1. Guest December 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I think its disgusting that a new school which the area is desperate for has been stopped from being built, mainly by the residents who live opposite the green and don't want their view spoilt!

    • Your Cardiff December 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Hi there – we just thought you might be interested in reading about the latest plans for a new secondary school in east Cardiff. Details are here… Hope you find it interesting. Jess @ YourCardiff.

  2. Guest December 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I agree with the person saying how disgusting that the new school was stopped. The bandings published today show how desperate the East is for a new school,by the time a new one is built a whole generation will have lost out on a decent education. I wonder of those who opposed the building of a new school, including the local councillors who supported them, had children in Llanrumney & Rumney Schools,not many I suspect.

  3. Coun Keith Jones December 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks to Jess for providing the link to the Labour Council's plans for the new Eastern secondary school. The council recognises the need to urgently raise standards in the east of the city. However, the Labour Party has never believed that the way of achieving this is by building on much loved parkland in an area of deprivation.

    An Educational Improvement Partnership will begin bringing the various agencies working together to begin a fresh start for education in east Cardiff and from September 2013 it is planned that both Llanrumney and Rumney High pupils are taught on the Rumney High site.

    From September 2014 the new Eastern secondary school will come into operation under an appointed Headteacher. Whilst in 2016 the Eastern school will move into brand new school premises.

    In the early part of 2013 Cardiff Council will consult the public on a shortlist of potential sites for the new school to be built on.

    No community in Cardiff should be told that you either have parkland or a new school. Both are integral to any child's future. The local community made their feelings very clear. 8,000 signed a petition opposing building on Rumney Rec, 5,000 wrote letters to the council opposing it, 93.8% voted NO in a local referendum in 2009 and local opinion was equally clear at the Public Inquiry and legal proceedings that took place.

    I was elected on over a 1,300 majority in May's election with a promise that we would save Rumney Rec and that we would build a new school for east Cardiff.

    The Lib-Dem – Plaid Cymru plans to build on parkland against local opinion whilst not bidding for a single penny of Welsh Government money for school refurbishments was the disgrace. It is to be regretted that east Cardiff's much needed new school has been delayed by years of Lib-Dem – Plaid defiance of local opinion at a cost of nearly 600,000 to the taxpayer. Public money wasted fighting the very public whose own money it was.

    The dedication of Rumney Rec as a Queen Elizabeth II Field ensures that my ward of Llanrumney has a Royal protected park along with other QEII Fields like Roath Recreation Ground and Pontcanna Fields. I think the people of Llanrumney are equally as deserving of such status. It was a victory for the self-respect of a community treated badly for too long.

    I will be equally as proud in 2016 when the new Eastern school opens in buildings paid for by Cardiff Council and by huge investment from the Welsh Labour Government and not by the community of Llanrumney having to pay for it with their parkland.

    • Guest January 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      How much did that stone cost ? Why didn't they put that money to good use maybe to a local school .. In fact I was very angry reading it as I at least would have liked to read more about the history of the area and less of the campaign …

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