Dozens of residents took advantage of a rare sunny spring afternoon to take a look at some of the projects being set up as part of Cardiff University’s ongoing Community Gateway programme.
It was the second #Love Grangetown event, with the various stalls under a marquee in the Grange Gardens Bowls Pavilion.
The event also saw the announcement of Community Gateway’s successful bid for the licence of the Bowls Pavilion to be used as a community hub for the next 12 months.
The eventual hope is to complete the transfer of ownership to the community, with an active residents’ group already working towards this.
Residents who attended #LoveGrangetown on 23rd April were asked for ideas as to how the pavilion could be used to benefit the community and were also asked for their opinions on using the pavilion regularly as a pop-up community café.
Lynne Thomas, Community Gateway’s project manager said of the event: “#LoveGrangetown 2016 has provided us with some fantastic feedback and provoked some great discussions among project team members, Grangetown residents and staff at Cardiff University.
“We can now look at all the information we have gathered and be sure that, as we move forward, we are engaging with local people and that the project continues to be shaped by their input in order to deliver what the community really wants in their local area.” Some of the projects – like the community garden being developed in the grounds of the old bowls club and the Philosophy Cafe – are becoming familiar. But there are other projects in their early stages. There are also some interesting research projects the university is involved in, in the community – from urban bees to sound mapping.
There was no shortage of tea and cake either, while South Glamorgan Fire and Rescue brought out their tender – and a hose!
The bowls pavilion itself is the subject of one of the projects, which sees students developing proposals for remodelling the 1960s building, with it being taken over by a local community group. Altogether, there are nine project themes being developed:
- Clean streets and green spaces which includes community gardens at Grange Bowls Pavilion and Pentre Gardens
- Communication without barriers which includes a Philosophy Café group, helping to revamp the Grangetown News community paper and developing media champions.
- Community meeting places which involves the Grange Bowls Pavilion.
- Friendly and accepting community which includes a street party idea and supporting and developing the Grangetown Festival and Carnival.
- Healthy and active Grangetown – lots of ideas here already from walking groups to affordable food and cookery classes
- Activities and places for young people – includes an urban honey project and ideas such as a basketball team
- Road respect involves developing safer routes to school for Grangetown children, especially as the area gets busier
- Safer Grangetown – there has already been a successful Safety Week but more ideas could follow
- Work and shop in Grangetown – better promotion of local shops and businesses, developing a business forum and shop local campaign.
Anyone with ideas for projects can contact Community Gateway at firstname.lastname@example.org or 029 2087 0532.