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OFFICE 029 2066 8514
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Don't dare build on our only field
I WOULD like to thank everyone from the Ely community and others from outside the community who signed our online petition to save Ely Play Centre.
Also a special thank you to the parents from the Ely community who went that extra mile to do door-to-door knocking to get people to sign petitions. A Facebook page was set up called Friends of the Rec and, wow, what an amazing response!
Then to put more pre ssure on Ely I received a phone call from the Echo... It seems the planners are back, 270 houses on our field.
I would like to state this is not a council proposal.
Well, I have got news for those behind the plan: we do not want your houses at Wilson Road recreation ground, build your houses elsewhere. Build on brown sites and NEVER build on green sites.
Please leave Ely off your plans as we now have two under-8s, under-9s, under-10s, under-11s, under- 12s, under- 13s, under- 15s, under-16s, under-18s and two senior Cardiff Hibernian FC sides representing Ely.
We have worked hard to get funding from Sport Cardiff to get all the coaches on welfare/first aid and leaders' courses.
We have also turned the Ely community around with regards to the football. Many teams from around Cardiff assumed Ely was a bad place. I know from attending the football games we have had positive feedback, other sides are enjoying playing our football teams at our home ground - and I call that progress.
We have people believing in Ely thanks to all the hard work of parents and coaches and we now have business people sponsoring Cardiff Hibernian FC football teams.
We have nine schools involved in a traditional sports day under the name of Elympics and between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended the November 5 firework display. At our firework displays I think it's safe to say the police are more than happy with the way the Ely community come together to make sure it is run safely.
Ely may be a deprived area; however, when it comes to working together all the above proves that Ely sticks together... so, developers, stop thinking of your pockets and how much money you can make.
They are using the past and saying the reason for building 270 is down to anti-social behaviour. Where is the proof now?
I ask if any of you have a heart please come along to any of the above events and please take time to look at our website www. elygardenvillagers.co.uk
Or maybe give up your free time for a few weeks and see the damage you could do if we lose the ONLY field in Ely.
I would like to ask the developers if they ever had a sports day and, if so, whether it was important to them. Did any of you play football? Did any of you enjoy firework displays?
Most importantly, did you use green spaces while you were a child? This is our ONLY green field in Ely. If you take it away it will be devastating for the Ely community. We will fight this plan to the very end.
Lynda Sullivan secretary of Ely
Garden villagers and Cardiff
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Ms Linda Sullivan
84 Llewellyn Avenue
Cardiff CF5 4ED
Service to the Community
I wanted to write in order to thank you for the effort and commitment you have put in to working with the local community, which has been brought to my attention by the Neighbourhood Policing Team,
I've been advised by frontline staff that you do everything in your power to arrange activities and facilities for local youths to keep them off the streets and focused on positive goals. Your involvement with local football is extensive, from organising games to finding sponsors and kit. In addition to all this, you keep the Archer Rec area clean and tidy by arranging litter picks and your campaign for the local play centre took particular dedication.
Your tireless work within the community and passionate approach to helping young people is evidenced by the positive links which you personally have built within the community. The successful outcome to all that you do is testament to the esteem in which the community holds you, and importantly, your football work is an invaluable positive channel through which local youths can develop and contribute to the local area.
It is in no small measure due to your efforts and determination to serve the community that crime and anti social behaviour has been kept to a minimum. Thank you, Linda, for your hard work and dedication in all that you do. You are a credit to the community.
Chief Inspector Dan Howe
SOUTH WALES POLICE EASTERN BCU
Cardiff Bay Police Station, James Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5EW Telephone: 029 2022 2111 Facsimile: 029 2052 7280
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Want to help run a council service?
Step right up, says leader Phil
LOCAL communities in Cardiff are being encouraged to play a greater role in helping to run public services as the council looks to make savings in next year’s budget.
Ahead of February’s budget, Cardiff council has designed what it describes as the "Stepping Up Toolkit" to encourage more volunteers to get involved in providing services or running local facilities.
This set of documents includes information on how people can get involved, what they need to do and the best people to contact.
Writing in his blog, the council’s leader Phil Bale said: "This is all part of our commitment to working with people, empowering communities and helping to deliver a fairer Cardiff.”
But the initiative has met some opposition from people who already volunteer in their communities.
Peter Sullivan, chairman of Ely Play Centre which is known locally as The Rec, said the idea was "laughable” and said there is only so much a person can do on a volunteer basis without funding.
Ely Play Centre is one of six council-funded play centres in Cardiff facing closure next year as the council seeks to save £800,000.
Mr Sullivan said: "We are already doing everything in our community. We are even down to organising our own litter picks due to cut backs.
"My wife and I both work. I’m a train driver and work between 40 and 60 hours a week. On top of that we help run eight football teams and we are always looking for funding for various different
projects. It’s never ending."
Grandmother Wendy Ford volunteers at the play centre in Grangetown which also faces closure.
She said their attempts at crowdfunding to keep the centre open were not as successful as they thought it would be.
She said: "How does Phil Bale expect us to ‘step up’ and take this on? With all the good will in the world you can’t rely constantly and solely on volunteers. He needs a reality check. He needs to come down on the street in the community where people are struggling to feed themselves."
The GMB union’s Cardiff branch said the idea was an attempt by the council to "wash their hands of their responsibility"
A spokeswoman said: "The provision of these services should not be put on the lower shelf.
"We are all facing cuts. People are trying to keep a roof over their head. They don't have time to volunteer. People out here have enough to be getting on with just to get through each day. It’s nonsense.”
She said volunteers also need to have a level of experience to run a service.
“They need to look at other ways to run the service in-house rather than throwing the responsibility of the service onto people.
"Transferring the responsibility on the community is no way to be running the council.”
Coun Graham Hinchey, the council's cabinet member for corporate services and performance, said: “Like all local authorities in Wales, Cardiff is facing unprecedented financial pressures. Even more so in Cardiff, the pressures are significantly greater as one of the fastest
growing cities in the UK, with increasing pupil numbers and an aging population that needs to be cared for.
"We need to meet a budget gap of £48.3m in 2015/16, having had to make £85.5m savings in the last three years to deal with these significant budget challenges to ensure that we can continue to deliver vital public services to the communities that we serve.
"We are looking to change the way we deliver services by exploring innovative new ways of working, supporting communities’ and partners’ capacity to deliver services and manage assets.
"The Stepping Up Toolkit has been produced in order to help people that want to get involved in providing services or running local facilities and buildings."
The council's budget consultation closes on January 12 after which time the results will be considered and a final budget decision will be made by full council when it meets on February 26.
To take part in the budget consultation, Visit www. cardiff.gov.uk/budget
I want to feel supported in my community
I want my care to be coordinated
I don’t want
... Sound familiar? We need you!
We’re looking for people from Ely to get involved in a project to explore how older people can age well in Cardiff.
We’re looking for local people aged 65 and over who want to:
• share their experiences of ageing in Ely
• help other older people they know age well in Ely
• help us design and try out new and better ways of working together
We are inviting people aged 65 and over and from Ely to take part in a workshop to help us understand what will help keep you healthy, happy and socially connected.
When: Friday 30th January 2015, 1 - 3pm (light lunch from 12.30pm) Where: Ely & Caerau Community Hub, Cowbridge Road West, Ely, CF5 5BQ.
Local travel expenses will be paid and vouchers will be offered as a token of thanks to participants.
To find out more please contact Susie or Sophie at The Young Foundation on 020 8980 6263.
A project delivered in partnership with Cardiff Council, Cardiff and
Vale Health Board, Cardiff’s third sector and housing associations,
The Young Foundation and inQube CIC, The project is funded by
Come to the Ace Community Ambassador Project and Partners:-
New Year Financial Fitness Event to get Loads of Information and help! There will be stalls, freebies, workshops and a free lunch!
Monday 26th January 2015 The Hub, Cowbridge Road West, Ely