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Cardiff Council Scrutiny
Committee 7 May 2009
Opening Statement




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Opening Statement

Cardiff Council - as the public inheritors of the Bute Parks - have repeatedly failed to
secure their c...
Opening Statement

Cardiff Council - as the public inheritors of the Bute Parks - have repeatedly failed to
secure their c...
Who we are




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Who we are

a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural
regeneration, architect...
Who we are

a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural
regeneration, architect...
Who we are

a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural
regeneration, architect...
Who we are

a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural
regeneration, architect...
The Bute Parks




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The Bute Parks
 as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and
 Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian
 p...
The Bute Parks
 as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and
 Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian
 p...
The Bute Parks
 as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and
 Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian
 p...
The Bute Parks
 as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and
 Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian
 p...
"Bute Park is a microcosm of the
history of Cardiff as a settlement"




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"Bute Park is a microcosm of the
history of Cardiff as a settlement"
It began, as so often, by enclosure and
exclusion - p...
"Bute Park is a microcosm of the
history of Cardiff as a settlement"
It began, as so often, by enclosure and
exclusion - p...
"Bute Park is a microcosm of the
history of Cardiff as a settlement"
It began, as so often, by enclosure and
exclusion - p...
"Bute Park is a microcosm of the
history of Cardiff as a settlement"
It began, as so often, by enclosure and
exclusion - p...
"Bute Park is a microcosm of the
history of Cardiff as a settlement"
It began, as so often, by enclosure and
exclusion - p...
Sophia Gardens




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Sophia Gardens

Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854




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Sophia Gardens

Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854
In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly...
Sophia Gardens

Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854
In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly...
Sophia Gardens

Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854
In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly...
Sophia Gardens

Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854
In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly...
Pontcanna Fields




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Pontcanna Fields


In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879




                                 ...
Pontcanna Fields


In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879

Laid out in 1901 - including feature...
Pontcanna Fields


In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879

Laid out in 1901 - including feature...
Pontcanna Fields


In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879

Laid out in 1901 - including feature...
Llandaff Fields




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Llandaff Fields


Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership




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Llandaff Fields


Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership

Contributors inclu...
Llandaff Fields


Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership

Contributors inclu...
What has happened?
Just since 1942




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Sophia Gardens
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Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking
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Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking

 Welsh Institute of Sports -...
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Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking

 Welsh Institute of Sports -...
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Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking

 Welsh Institute of Sports -...
12



Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking

 Welsh Institute of Sports -...
12



Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking

 Welsh Institute of Sports -...
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Sophia Gardens
 - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings
 and car parking

 Welsh Institute of Sports -...
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Bute Park
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Bute Park
 Substantial areas used (and impacted by)
 large scale public events
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Bute Park
 Substantial areas used (and impacted by)
 large scale public events

 Nursery now seen as an industrial
 ...
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Bute Park
 Substantial areas used (and impacted by)
 large scale public events

 Nursery now seen as an industrial
 ...
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Bute Park
 Substantial areas used (and impacted by)
 large scale public events

 Nursery now seen as an industrial
 ...
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Bute Park
 Substantial areas used (and impacted by)
 large scale public events

 Nursery now seen as an industrial
 ...
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Pontcanna Fields
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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings
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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings

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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings

...
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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings

...
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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings

...
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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings

...
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Pontcanna Fields
 Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School
 - also large, industrial/farm buildings

...
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Llandaff Fields
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Llandaff Fields


 Major encroachment on Northern boundary - small
 scale development at WJEC replaced by office
 bl...
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Llandaff Fields


 Major encroachment on Northern boundary - small
 scale development at WJEC replaced by office
 bl...
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The net effect?
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Conspiracy, intention or
ineptitude?
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Conspiracy, intention or
ineptitude?

Each part of the visionary swathe of
parks has been eroded in cultural,
histor...
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Conspiracy, intention or
ineptitude?

Each part of the visionary swathe of
parks has been eroded in cultural,
histor...
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Conspiracy, intention or
ineptitude?

Each part of the visionary swathe of
parks has been eroded in cultural,
histor...
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Conspiracy, intention or
ineptitude?

Each part of the visionary swathe of
parks has been eroded in cultural,
histor...
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The real costs?
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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The real costs?
 Every public event removes amenity for
 the public, affects the environment, and
 pursuing the goa...
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But it's the whole that brings value
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
Cardiff...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
Cardiff...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
Cardiff...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
Cardiff...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
       ...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
       ...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
       ...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
       ...
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But it's the whole that brings value
Pontcanna houses have a huge value
uplift compared with other areas of
       ...
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The Council's role
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The Council's role
Planning - Conservation status - is not
protecting the parks: officers are
powerful, members do n...
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The Council's role
Planning - Conservation status - is not
protecting the parks: officers are
powerful, members do n...
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The Council's role
Planning - Conservation status - is not
protecting the parks: officers are
powerful, members do n...
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The Council's role
Planning - Conservation status - is not
protecting the parks: officers are
                      ...
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The Council's role
Planning - Conservation status - is not
protecting the parks: officers are
                      ...
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Why do anything now?
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Why do anything now?
The very existence of the ethos of the
Bute Parks has been eroded it may be
too late to rescue...
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Why do anything now?
The very existence of the ethos of the
Bute Parks has been eroded it may be
too late to rescue...
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Why do anything now?
The very existence of the ethos of the
Bute Parks has been eroded it may be
too late to rescue...
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Why do anything now?
The very existence of the ethos of the
Bute Parks has been eroded it may be
too late to rescue...
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Why do anything now?
The very existence of the ethos of the
Bute Parks has been eroded it may be
too late to rescue...
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Suggestions
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Suggestions

We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute
Parks
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Suggestions

We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute
Parks

We s...
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Suggestions

We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute
Parks

We s...
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Suggestions

We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute
Parks

We s...
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Suggestions

We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute
Parks

We s...
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We have a once in a life-time
opportunity




                    ?
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We have a once in a life-time
opportunity




                                       ?
 do we want to rescue and revi...
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We have a once in a life-time
opportunity




                                             ?
 do we want to rescue an...
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We have a once in a life-time
opportunity




                                             ?
 do we want to rescue an...
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Saving Cardiff parkland heritage - presentation to Council May 2009

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Given to Cardiff Councillors on 7th May 2009 who were considering the economic impact of parks. Presented by Peter Cox with David Eggleton and Jeanne-Helene Eggleton all members of Bute Parks Alliance (www.buteparksalliance.org)

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Saving Cardiff parkland heritage - presentation to Council May 2009

  1. 1. 1 Cardiff Council Scrutiny Committee 7 May 2009
  2. 2. Opening Statement 2
  3. 3. Opening Statement Cardiff Council - as the public inheritors of the Bute Parks - have repeatedly failed to secure their cultural and economic value to the point where their role as exemplary public parks has in some areas been irretrievably lost, and in others is lethally threatened by the imposition of publicly unacceptable policy, petty individual and political agendas .... and ignorance. 2
  4. 4. Opening Statement Cardiff Council - as the public inheritors of the Bute Parks - have repeatedly failed to secure their cultural and economic value to the point where their role as exemplary public parks has in some areas been irretrievably lost, and in others is lethally threatened by the imposition of publicly unacceptable policy, petty individual and political agendas .... and ignorance. "The wide complex [of the Taff Parks] is an asset to the city of incomparable historic , visual and amenity value" Cadw 3rd April 2006 2
  5. 5. Who we are 3
  6. 6. Who we are a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural regeneration, architecture and the built environment, landscape architecture and planning, local history 3
  7. 7. Who we are a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural regeneration, architecture and the built environment, landscape architecture and planning, local history above all, largely local residents, concerned to see the continual and wilful destruction of one of Cardiff's. greatest assets 3
  8. 8. Who we are a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural regeneration, architecture and the built environment, landscape architecture and planning, local history above all, largely local residents, concerned to see the continual and wilful destruction of one of Cardiff's. greatest assets we have developed links and alliances with other interest groups including the BPA, the Civic Society, the Victorian Society, Welsh Historic Gardens Trust 3
  9. 9. Who we are a collection of individuals with expertise in planning, business development, cultural regeneration, architecture and the built environment, landscape architecture and planning, local history above all, largely local residents, concerned to see the continual and wilful destruction of one of Cardiff's. greatest assets we have developed links and alliances with other interest groups including the BPA, the Civic Society, the Victorian Society, Welsh Historic Gardens Trust but today we speak only for ourselves, whilst trying to represent in this presentation the concern of many 3
  10. 10. The Bute Parks 4
  11. 11. The Bute Parks as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian philanthropy 4
  12. 12. The Bute Parks as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian philanthropy The money to develop them largely came from coal - from the lost lives and intolerable working conditions of countless miners and their families 4
  13. 13. The Bute Parks as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian philanthropy The money to develop them largely came from coal - from the lost lives and intolerable working conditions of countless miners and their families They are the most direct representation - apart from street names - in Cardiff of Wales' industrial heritage. 4
  14. 14. The Bute Parks as we call Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields... are not some relict of Georgian philanthropy The money to develop them largely came from coal - from the lost lives and intolerable working conditions of countless miners and their families They are the most direct representation - apart from street names - in Cardiff of Wales' industrial heritage. The Bute's and their parks didn't happen by accident - some might say they were built with blood money. However historians describe it, we'd do well to remember that Cardiff's civic wealth is entirely dependent on others' labour. 4
  15. 15. "Bute Park is a microcosm of the history of Cardiff as a settlement" 5
  16. 16. "Bute Park is a microcosm of the history of Cardiff as a settlement" It began, as so often, by enclosure and exclusion - public prohibited in favour of deer. 5
  17. 17. "Bute Park is a microcosm of the history of Cardiff as a settlement" It began, as so often, by enclosure and exclusion - public prohibited in favour of deer. By 1873 it reached its peak with the work of Andrew Pettigrew 5
  18. 18. "Bute Park is a microcosm of the history of Cardiff as a settlement" It began, as so often, by enclosure and exclusion - public prohibited in favour of deer. By 1873 it reached its peak with the work of Andrew Pettigrew But even the Butes' had to eat - in early 20th century they added a vegetable garden 5
  19. 19. "Bute Park is a microcosm of the history of Cardiff as a settlement" It began, as so often, by enclosure and exclusion - public prohibited in favour of deer. By 1873 it reached its peak with the work of Andrew Pettigrew But even the Butes' had to eat - in early 20th century they added a vegetable garden 1947 some of the land was given other parts purchased with ratepayers money. 5
  20. 20. "Bute Park is a microcosm of the history of Cardiff as a settlement" It began, as so often, by enclosure and exclusion - public prohibited in favour of deer. In 1924 Council plans to drive a By 1873 it reached its peak with the roadway through the park were defeated work of Andrew Pettigrew "an act of vandalism. In 2008 the Council gave itself permission to build a But even the Butes' had to eat - in early roadway and bridge for 40 ton lorries 20th century they added a vegetable through Bute Park. garden 1947 some of the land was given other parts purchased with ratepayers money. 5
  21. 21. Sophia Gardens 6
  22. 22. Sophia Gardens Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854 6
  23. 23. Sophia Gardens Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854 In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly for the people of Cardiff" 6
  24. 24. Sophia Gardens Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854 In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly for the people of Cardiff" 24 acres landscaped by Alexander Roos as a Continental garden 6
  25. 25. Sophia Gardens Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854 In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly for the people of Cardiff" 24 acres landscaped by Alexander Roos as a Continental garden Opened to public to compensate for closure of the castle grounds 6
  26. 26. Sophia Gardens Bute Estate spent £15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854 In March 1987 it "will be a place for public assembly for the people of Cardiff" 24 acres landscaped by Alexander Roos as a Continental garden Opened to public to compensate for closure of the castle grounds First municipal park in Cardiff - pleasure ground, ornamental lake and walks, fountains and many other features now lost. 6
  27. 27. Pontcanna Fields 7
  28. 28. Pontcanna Fields In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879 7
  29. 29. Pontcanna Fields In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879 Laid out in 1901 - including features such as the Lime Avenue 7
  30. 30. Pontcanna Fields In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879 Laid out in 1901 - including features such as the Lime Avenue In 1947 swimming pool exists 7
  31. 31. Pontcanna Fields In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879 Laid out in 1901 - including features such as the Lime Avenue In 1947 swimming pool exists The avenue was cut by Western Avenue and the College developed on part of the parkland 7
  32. 32. Llandaff Fields 8
  33. 33. Llandaff Fields Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership 8
  34. 34. Llandaff Fields Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership Contributors included the Thomsons who in 1912 gifted Thomson Park to the city 8
  35. 35. Llandaff Fields Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership Contributors included the Thomsons who in 1912 gifted Thomson Park to the city Originally landscaped with fountain, pool, rockery and fern dell 8
  36. 36. What has happened? Just since 1942 9
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  39. 39. 12 Sophia Gardens
  40. 40. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking
  41. 41. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking Welsh Institute of Sports - quango
  42. 42. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking Welsh Institute of Sports - quango Bowling Club - enclosed space, low quality building loss of public access
  43. 43. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking Welsh Institute of Sports - quango Bowling Club - enclosed space, low quality building loss of public access GCC - 'village cricket' green of open aspect now private company with low quality stadium building
  44. 44. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking Welsh Institute of Sports - quango Bowling Club - enclosed space, low quality building loss of public access GCC - 'village cricket' green of open aspect now private company with low quality stadium building Car parking, much of it contrary to Council's own policies
  45. 45. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking Welsh Institute of Sports - quango Bowling Club - enclosed space, low quality building loss of public access GCC - 'village cricket' green of open aspect now private company with low quality stadium building Car parking, much of it contrary to Council's own policies No elements of original parkland qualities
  46. 46. 12 Sophia Gardens - essentially destroyed by a combination of buildings and car parking Welsh Institute of Sports - quango Bowling Club - enclosed space, low quality building loss of public access GCC - 'village cricket' green of open aspect now private company with low quality stadium building Car parking, much of it contrary to Council's own policies No elements of original parkland qualities Strong argument that it should no longer be registered
  47. 47. 13 Bute Park
  48. 48. 13 Bute Park Substantial areas used (and impacted by) large scale public events
  49. 49. 13 Bute Park Substantial areas used (and impacted by) large scale public events Nursery now seen as an industrial installation
  50. 50. 13 Bute Park Substantial areas used (and impacted by) large scale public events Nursery now seen as an industrial installation Council has given itself permission to build roadways for 40 ton lorries
  51. 51. 13 Bute Park Substantial areas used (and impacted by) large scale public events Nursery now seen as an industrial installation Council has given itself permission to build roadways for 40 ton lorries Includes a massive bridge that substantially impacts on park's qualities
  52. 52. 13 Bute Park Substantial areas used (and impacted by) large scale public events Nursery now seen as an industrial installation Council has given itself permission to build roadways for 40 ton lorries Includes a massive bridge that substantially impacts on park's qualities Conversion and extension of domestic building (lodge house) to information centre
  53. 53. 14 Pontcanna Fields
  54. 54. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings
  55. 55. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings Large caravan site
  56. 56. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings Large caravan site Large car park and low quality sports building (Fields Park Road)
  57. 57. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings Large caravan site Large car park and low quality sports building (Fields Park Road) Low quality 'Pedal Power' building
  58. 58. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings Large caravan site Large car park and low quality sports building (Fields Park Road) Low quality 'Pedal Power' building Majority of land lost to public use for two years as a result of the National Eisteddfod (who have publicly said they want to return)
  59. 59. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings Large caravan site Large car park and low quality sports building (Fields Park Road) Low quality 'Pedal Power' building Majority of land lost to public use for two years as a result of the National Eisteddfod (who have publicly said they want to return) Used for other, non public events, eg polo
  60. 60. 14 Pontcanna Fields Large areas inaccessible for public use - Riding School - also large, industrial/farm buildings Large caravan site Large car park and low quality sports building (Fields Park Road) Low quality 'Pedal Power' building Majority of land lost to public use for two years as a result of the National Eisteddfod (who have publicly said they want to return) Used for other, non public events, eg polo Lime Avenue visually despoiled by unnecessary and legally irrelevant yellow lines
  61. 61. 15 Llandaff Fields
  62. 62. 15 Llandaff Fields Major encroachment on Northern boundary - small scale development at WJEC replaced by office block/s that make no recognition of their location
  63. 63. 15 Llandaff Fields Major encroachment on Northern boundary - small scale development at WJEC replaced by office block/s that make no recognition of their location New building opens argument for more commercial 'in-filling' along Western Avenue
  64. 64. 16 The net effect?
  65. 65. 17 Conspiracy, intention or ineptitude?
  66. 66. 17 Conspiracy, intention or ineptitude? Each part of the visionary swathe of parks has been eroded in cultural, historic and amenity value
  67. 67. 17 Conspiracy, intention or ineptitude? Each part of the visionary swathe of parks has been eroded in cultural, historic and amenity value Conspiracy or cock-up? Certainly lack of strategic vision, planning and widespread ignorance
  68. 68. 17 Conspiracy, intention or ineptitude? Each part of the visionary swathe of parks has been eroded in cultural, historic and amenity value Conspiracy or cock-up? Certainly lack of strategic vision, planning and widespread ignorance Council policy is said to be about "maximising income" "maximising civic kudos" ie political self-aggrandisement
  69. 69. 17 Conspiracy, intention or ineptitude? Each part of the visionary swathe of parks has been eroded in cultural, historic and amenity value Council have failed to uphold the civic values of its predecessors, lost sight of Conspiracy or cock-up? Certainly lack of the visionary purpose of a unique civic strategic vision, planning and asset, failed - and continue to fail - to widespread ignorance understand the community harm that will result from the destruction of the Council policy is said to be about qualities of the Bite Parks "maximising income" "maximising civic kudos" ie political self-aggrandisement
  70. 70. 18
  71. 71. 19 The real costs?
  72. 72. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised income" means destroying through intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a prime event
  73. 73. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised income" means destroying through intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a prime event The whole is a fragile concept:
  74. 74. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised income" means destroying through intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a prime event The whole is a fragile concept: The WIS and CCC do - as predicted - have a profound effect on both Bute Park and in Pontcanna Fields
  75. 75. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised income" means destroying through intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a prime event The whole is a fragile concept: The WIS and CCC do - as predicted - have a profound effect on both Bute Park and in Pontcanna Fields One Eisteddfod kills huge areas of publicly accessible parkland for two years - patterns of use will have changed, maybe irredeemably
  76. 76. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised The caravan park led to 'pedal income" means destroying through power'; a sports pavilion led to the intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park scout hut; planners will have to fight - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a to secure the 'green belt gap' prime event The whole is a fragile concept: The WIS and CCC do - as predicted - have a profound effect on both Bute Park and in Pontcanna Fields One Eisteddfod kills huge areas of publicly accessible parkland for two years - patterns of use will have changed, maybe irredeemably
  77. 77. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised The caravan park led to 'pedal income" means destroying through power'; a sports pavilion led to the intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park scout hut; planners will have to fight - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a to secure the 'green belt gap' prime event The WJEC 'upgrading' will lead to The whole is a fragile concept: demands for 'completing the facade' The WIS and CCC do - as predicted - have a profound effect on both Bute Park and in Pontcanna Fields One Eisteddfod kills huge areas of publicly accessible parkland for two years - patterns of use will have changed, maybe irredeemably
  78. 78. 19 The real costs? Every public event removes amenity for the public, affects the environment, and pursuing the goal of 'maximised The caravan park led to 'pedal income" means destroying through power'; a sports pavilion led to the intrusion (bridge/roadways etc) the park scout hut; planners will have to fight - Irony that the RHS garden Festival is a to secure the 'green belt gap' prime event The WJEC 'upgrading' will lead to The whole is a fragile concept: demands for 'completing the facade' The WIS and CCC do - as predicted - The development of the nursery as a have a profound effect on both Bute commercial/industrial facility will lead Park and in Pontcanna Fields to further development demands "in One Eisteddfod kills huge areas of order to improve efficiency, sustain publicly accessible parkland for two financial viability" years - patterns of use will have changed, maybe irredeemably
  79. 79. 20 But it's the whole that brings value
  80. 80. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of Cardiff - say £450M
  81. 81. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of Cardiff - say £450M The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 council revenue
  82. 82. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of Cardiff - say £450M The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 council revenue The people who live in the area are 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to the local economy: more likely to shop locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their community than others
  83. 83. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of Cardiff - say £450M The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 council revenue The people who live in the area are 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to the local economy: more likely to shop locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their community than others The local environment - parks + city centre accessibility - brings creative, innovative, cultural businesses
  84. 84. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of The whole brings environmental assets, Cardiff - say £450M health and well being, is a major tourist The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 attraction council revenue The people who live in the area are 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to the local economy: more likely to shop locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their community than others The local environment - parks + city centre accessibility - brings creative, innovative, cultural businesses
  85. 85. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of The whole brings environmental assets, Cardiff - say £450M health and well being, is a major tourist The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 attraction council revenue As a whole, its parks are a reflection of a The people who live in the area are community's sense of its self-worth 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to the local economy: more likely to shop locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their community than others The local environment - parks + city centre accessibility - brings creative, innovative, cultural businesses
  86. 86. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of The whole brings environmental assets, Cardiff - say £450M health and well being, is a major tourist The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 attraction council revenue As a whole, its parks are a reflection of a The people who live in the area are community's sense of its self-worth 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to The value that the Bute Parks brings is the local economy: more likely to shop fragile locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their community than others The local environment - parks + city centre accessibility - brings creative, innovative, cultural businesses
  87. 87. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of The whole brings environmental assets, Cardiff - say £450M health and well being, is a major tourist The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 attraction council revenue As a whole, its parks are a reflection of a The people who live in the area are community's sense of its self-worth 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to The value that the Bute Parks brings is the local economy: more likely to shop fragile locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their It is perception led - it is founded on community than others trust with the council The local environment - parks + city centre accessibility - brings creative, innovative, cultural businesses
  88. 88. 20 But it's the whole that brings value Pontcanna houses have a huge value uplift compared with other areas of The whole brings environmental assets, Cardiff - say £450M health and well being, is a major tourist The parks effect may mean +- £900,000 attraction council revenue As a whole, its parks are a reflection of a The people who live in the area are community's sense of its self-worth 'high-earners" inevitably adding value to The value that the Bute Parks brings is the local economy: more likely to shop fragile locally, be environmentally aware, possibly more involved in their It is perception led - it is founded on community than others trust with the council The local environment - parks + city It will be easily destroyed centre accessibility - brings creative, innovative, cultural businesses
  89. 89. 21 The Council's role
  90. 90. 21 The Council's role Planning - Conservation status - is not protecting the parks: officers are powerful, members do not intercede
  91. 91. 21 The Council's role Planning - Conservation status - is not protecting the parks: officers are powerful, members do not intercede If there is 'a plan' then it's a very secret one - FOI disclosures show a lack of strategic thinking, interdepartmental rivalry amongst officers, political leaders who don't
  92. 92. 21 The Council's role Planning - Conservation status - is not protecting the parks: officers are powerful, members do not intercede If there is 'a plan' then it's a very secret one - FOI disclosures show a lack of strategic thinking, interdepartmental rivalry amongst officers, political leaders who don't Bad decisions are embedded and fought for long after reasoned reconsideration suggests that they should be reconsidered
  93. 93. 21 The Council's role Planning - Conservation status - is not protecting the parks: officers are Actions suggest that there is ignorance - powerful, members do not intercede at best lip-service - to the ethos of public places, even more to the cultural, If there is 'a plan' then it's a very secret heritage, health and environmental one - FOI disclosures show a lack of importance of parks in general and the strategic thinking, interdepartmental Bute Parks in particular rivalry amongst officers, political leaders who don't Bad decisions are embedded and fought for long after reasoned reconsideration suggests that they should be reconsidered
  94. 94. 21 The Council's role Planning - Conservation status - is not protecting the parks: officers are Actions suggest that there is ignorance - powerful, members do not intercede at best lip-service - to the ethos of public places, even more to the cultural, If there is 'a plan' then it's a very secret heritage, health and environmental one - FOI disclosures show a lack of importance of parks in general and the strategic thinking, interdepartmental Bute Parks in particular rivalry amongst officers, political leaders who don't The council - through its members and officers - cultivates processes to serve Bad decisions are embedded and its own (?) ends, not those of civic well- fought for long after reasoned being or public involvement reconsideration suggests that they should be reconsidered
  95. 95. 22 Why do anything now?
  96. 96. 22 Why do anything now? The very existence of the ethos of the Bute Parks has been eroded it may be too late to rescue its important values and features
  97. 97. 22 Why do anything now? The very existence of the ethos of the Bute Parks has been eroded it may be too late to rescue its important values and features Bute Parks - will be profoundly impacted by the bridge/roadways scheme - opens floodgates for eventual destruction
  98. 98. 22 Why do anything now? The very existence of the ethos of the Bute Parks has been eroded it may be too late to rescue its important values and features Bute Parks - will be profoundly impacted by the bridge/roadways scheme - opens floodgates for eventual destruction Sophia Gardens is lost
  99. 99. 22 Why do anything now? The very existence of the ethos of the Bute Parks has been eroded it may be too late to rescue its important values and features Bute Parks - will be profoundly impacted by the bridge/roadways scheme - opens floodgates for eventual destruction Sophia Gardens is lost Pontcanna Fields is out of action - future fragile
  100. 100. 22 Why do anything now? The very existence of the ethos of the Bute Parks has been eroded it may be too late to rescue its important values and features Bute Parks - will be profoundly impacted Llandaff Fields - seriously impacted by by the bridge/roadways scheme - opens recent planning decisions - now a major floodgates for eventual destruction cause for concern Sophia Gardens is lost Pontcanna Fields is out of action - future fragile
  101. 101. 23 Suggestions
  102. 102. 23 Suggestions We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute Parks
  103. 103. 23 Suggestions We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute Parks We suggest that the council supports a charrette to help inform and develop a policy for the future of the Bute Parks
  104. 104. 23 Suggestions We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute Parks We suggest that the council supports a charrette to help inform and develop a policy for the future of the Bute Parks That, as well as involving the public in that, undertake a full ranging, genuine consultation on the results
  105. 105. 23 Suggestions We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute Parks We suggest that the council supports a charrette to help inform and develop a policy for the future of the Bute Parks That, as well as involving the public in that, undertake a full ranging, genuine consultation on the results Then put clear options forward
  106. 106. 23 Suggestions We support the BPA's call for a moratorium on actions that will further impact on the Bute Parks We suggest that the council supports a charrette to help inform and develop a policy for the future of the Bute Parks That, as well as involving the public in that, undertake a full ranging, genuine consultation on the results Then put clear options forward Mandate policies based on those agreed options
  107. 107. 24 We have a once in a life-time opportunity ?
  108. 108. 24 We have a once in a life-time opportunity ? do we want to rescue and revive the vision of our forebears?
  109. 109. 24 We have a once in a life-time opportunity ? do we want to rescue and revive the vision of our forebears? do we accept that the council is both responsible for its mistakes, and liable as representatives of its citizens, to put them right?
  110. 110. 24 We have a once in a life-time opportunity ? do we want to rescue and revive the vision of our forebears? do we accept that the council is both responsible for its mistakes, and liable as representatives of its citizens, to put them right? In the absence of local elections for some time, this committee is probably the last hope for the Bute Parks
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