Parking concerns over proposals for new community centre in Roath

January 4, 2013 4 Comments »
Roath resident Colin Mason says he is "dead against" the plans for a new community centre on Dalcross Street.

Roath resident Colin Mason says he is “dead against” the plans for a new community centre on Dalcross Street.

A new community centre being proposed for Roath could create parking problems, according to local businesses.

The Madni Masjid Trust wants to create a new community centre on Dalcross Street in Roath.

Plans have been submitted to Cardiff council for permission to change the use of the building, which currently has a warehouse and David Hall motor garage on the ground floor and two flats on the first floor.

If approved, a Muslim prayer hall, four classrooms, a computer room, kitchen and activity room would be created, while the flats and garage would remain.

But some local businesses are worried the development would increase parking problems in the street.

Jo Sherlock’s family have owned the MOT garage J Sherlock and Sons for 50 years.

She said: “My parents own the garage across the road and they’re up in arms as it is. There’s only double yellow lines and residential parking is so small businesses are going to struggle.”

Peter Millward, from Roath Garage on Moy Road, said: “Anything else in this area will increase the problem with parking. A lot of the road is resident parking.

“I think it will be chaotic. I quite often have to pay a parking fine because my customers can’t find anywhere else to park.”

Local resident Colin Mason, 78, said: “I’m dead against it. Parking around here is terrible because a lot of houses have three or four cars which are left outside and not used for six weeks. The centre would be open from 9am till 9pm but there’s no parking around here. People won’t walk.”

But Haider Zaman, from the Madni Masjid Trust, said people would be walking to the community centre rather than using cars.

“We haven’t got a centre in Roath and thought it would be nice to have a community centre close by. We wanted something local, especially for children and older people.

“We’re doing it for the local community so we don’t have this parking problem. People won’t be bringing their cars.”

The Trust sent out a questionnaire to 52 families to find out the number of potential users of the centre and what transport they would use.

The questionnaire, included with the planning application, found the majority of people live less than half a mile away and would prefer to walk to the centre.

The centre, open between 9am and 9pm in the winter and between 9am and 11pm in the summer, could cater for up to 244 people but the planning application said it was unlikely to exceed 70 people on a daily basis.

It said religious festivals would be busier, as would Friday lunchtimes, which could see up to 200 people attending between noon and 2pm.

Mr Zaman said: “It’s not just for Muslims, it’s for everyone. Everybody is welcome to come and sit down and have a cup of tea. There will be a selection of books, tables and chairs.”

If the plans are approved, Mr Zaman said the Trust would buy the building and spend around £750,000 renovating it, including installing a new roof and sound insulation as an “extra precaution”.

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4 Comments

  1. Andrew January 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    If 70 or people daily will be using this facility there are bound to be at least older or disabled people needing to driven to this facility. I know this area, parking is already just about nonexistent for business due it being a mainly residential area. So even a small number of extra cars parking in the street will have a significant impact for business & customers etc.

  2. Joanna Sherlock January 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    It's a shame nobody decided to consult with the local residents or businesses about these plans. It seems they are to be decided by a case officer and will not even make it before the planning committee. I just hope the neighbours are given enough time to have their say on these plans.

  3. Carol Ivory January 19, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I hope that all residents and businesses affected will get a public meeting to voice opinions on these plans.
    If we do (and I am not holding my breath) no doubt it will be held during the working week so actual taxpayers have difficulty attending) and kept as quiet as possible.

  4. Jason Turner February 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    The letter I received from the trust themselves stated that there could be up to 244 people using the building on Fridays and around 70 a day. I live on nearby Arabella Street and regularly have to drive around and search for a parking space, despite having a residents permit.
    There aren't enough spaces for the people who live there, let alone another 200+ people. It is ridiculous that it is even being considered for this area.
    Also, when I last checked there was a Muslim Community centre on Crywys Road and a Community Centre on Roath rec – why can't these be utilised?

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