Protesters interrupt dedication of Pontcanna Fields

December 21, 2012 1 Comment »
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Protesters confront Councillor Huw Thomas at the dedication of Llandaff Fields yesterday.

The row over the future of Llandaff Fields continued yesterday when protesters interrupted a formal ceremony nearby.

Pontcanna Fields was officially dedicated as one of seven Queen Elizabeth II Fields in the city earning them royal protection as part of a project to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Members of Cardiff Council, including cabinet member for leisure Huw Thomas and pupils from Severn Primary School gathered around the new stone to mark the dedication.

Coun Thomas said it would protect Pontcanna Fields forever.

He said: “It’s always been an important priority to this Labour administration to protect green spaces.”

But local residents opposed to plans for a new community and sports centre on Llandaff Fields also turned up holding the banner ‘Hands Off Llandaff Fields’.

It was reported earlier in the year how an umbrella group called The Llandaff Fields Community and Sports Trust, representing 32 sport and community organisations, wanted to build a centre on the site of the changing rooms close to the existing bowls pavilion.

Martyn Williams, who chairs the trust, explained at the time how the centre will be available for classes, conferences and fundraising activities providing first class sporting facilities.

He said: “From the outset we have not considered the use of any green space.”

Coun Thomas told residents yesterday that no concrete plans have yet been submitted to the council.

He said: “We are committed to protecting green sites and the city’s park heritage. Any development will have to be done with the support of the local community.”

He added: “There’s always pressures between users but part of the council’s job is to strike the right balance between them.”

Local resident Jane Williams said: “I have no issue with dedicating the parks if it’s going to give them protection from development.

“We also have no issue with building new changing rooms at Llandaff Fields but we do object to building an events venue and bar and having it as part of the university. There should be much more liaison between the clubs sharing buildings in these days of recession.

“There’s already been too much eating away of the parks.”

Dedication events were also held at Llanishen Park, Pontprennau Playing Fields, Moorland Park, Roath Recreation Ground and Rumney Recreation Ground this week with land next to Hywel Dda School in Ely set to be dedicated at a later date.

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  1. mike allen December 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Bar, corporate events venue – whats that got to do with protecting the park. Not only that – how are they going to provide access – either through the allotments or by driving cars across the park ? – no no and no. Developments like this should be in the Bay – where there is lots of waste land which could be used.

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