He is admitting confusion and misunderstanding re. the bridge and road. This can only be the councils fault; lack of information, misinformation and lack of proper consultation. He is willing to discuss these issues with celebrities but not the Cardiff public.
Please write to the Guardian! The more people that write the more likely we will have a letter printed.
We believe that the four Grade 1 and Grade 2* listed historic parks that form the unique central core of green space in central Cardiff are under threat. We agree with the Welsh assembly government that: "The whole complex is an asset to the city of incomparable historic, visual and amenity value." Development has eroded and commercialised the three parks to the west of the river Taff. Now Cardiff council proposes to drive a new bridge and 6m wide roads through the Grade 1 listed Bute Park to facilitate commercial events.
We believe that no more development should take place until there has been a proper independent professional evaluation of the four parks and their future long-term, sustainable use. Consequently we call on Cardiff council to agree an immediate moratorium on development in Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Llandaff Fields and Pontcanna Fields until a wide-ranging public consultation has been held into their use and a future strategy agreed.
Griff Rhys Jones
Far from being "under threat" our central parks are seen by Cardiff council as intrinsic to the character of the city, one of the greenest and open in the country. We are working to enhance these parks with a £5.6m project to conserve the parklands, restoring historic features and increasing the number of people using them. There has been a lot of confusion and misunderstanding over the proposed access bridge to Bute Park. I can categorically deny this is being built to increase the number of commercial events in the park. The bridge will in fact remove all vehicles from most of the park, making it much safer and more pleasant. I would welcome the chance to discuss our proposals with the signatories of the letter so they can fully understand the rationale behind our plans and realise we have the best interests of Cardiff parks at heart, and are working hard to deliver improvements.
Cllr Nigel Howells
Executive member for sport, leisure, & culture, Cardiff