Saturday, 25 October 2008

What is ‘Sustainability’ in relation to Bute Park ?

The soundbite definition of sustainable development is development that ‘meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Delivering sustainability will require the balancing of economic activity and growth with the protection of environmental systems and the promotion of social justice and quality of life. Help stop the £1.4m bridge/road for articulated lorries into Bute Park, one of the largest city centre parks in the UK, providing the setting for Cardiff Castle, and listed on the Cadw/ICOMOS Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales as grade I.

As well the trees chopped down already there are 43 TREES are to be 'pruned' to make way for the passing articulated lorries
2 of them champion trees plus more to be chopped down see the attached picture!

The road is a condition of a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to RESTORE the park.
I wrote to Jennifer Stewart, Head of HLF Wales to complain and she copied the council project team into her reply and they duly wrote saying that-

The provision of a new vehicular access into Bute Park is an important element in the total Bute Park Regeneration Project.
And telling me "It appears to me that you may not have fully appreciated the complexities of managing a major City Centre Park"!!

If you have any answers or suggested answers to the following questions please let me know.

Had Cardiff Council thought of moving the nursery business elsewhere so there was no need for articulated lorries into Bue Park?

Are contravening the Bute Park covenant by promoting business and events in the park?

Why was there no independent report to planning committee?

Why was ex member covering parks Clllr Nigel Howells allowed to speak at the planning meeting for the project?

Why was the planning meeting at which was passed totally biased? No officers present where independent of the applicant!

Why was work started before planning permission and not raised at the planning meeting?

Why was the conservation area not mentioned?

Why can't employees of the nursery walk into work and park outside the park?

Are the council planning to allow buses with visitors to the new visitor centre drive into the park rather than outside?

If this was a listed building what is the likelihood of getting permission for a totally new entrance?

more here
18. To provide essential access for caravans to support the 2008 Eisteddfod at
Blackwier Playing Fields.
19. To facilitate good and safe access for future major events in Bute Park.
21. Approval of this scheme costing £1.40million in advance of the 2008/09
budget would secure the grant support offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This figure is subject to further detailed costing projections being undertaken

Perhaps the concept of sustainability provides a major new challenge for accountability within cardiff council and HLF because it requires a focus beyond the current generation of consumers, investors, employees and citizens to consider the rights and welfare of the generations to follow.

CADW is supporting this too!!
Bute Park
Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and with Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens to the west forms a huge open space open to the public within the centre of Cardiff. The park's designer and planer, Andrew Pettigrew, was one of the most important park designers of the second half of the nineteenth century, andthe open, flowing informal design allowed a smooth transition from a private pleasure ground to a public park. Much of the Victorian planting, particularly of ornamental trees, survives. The grounds of Cardiff Castle have a long history of landscaping, going back to the medieval period. The grounds owe their present day appearance to late eighteenth-century landscaping by Capability Brown and late nineteenth-century alterations by the third Marquis of Bute. The park became a public park after 1947.

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