Thursday, 25 June 2009
LibDem sheep vote to destroy listed Bute Park
Today the Fib Dem's and plaid lies excelled themselves by fencing off the area outside the city hall which was assessable only to cllrs for FREE parking.
They don't understand what democracy is never mind being green.
Shut up the opposition at any cost..
Prof Kevin Morgan stopped from protesting outside city hall by Cardiff council paid security people who didn't know why they where stopping people.
A police officer threatened to use the terrorist act - tells me we are NOT allowed to be in front of the city hall to protest because it is private property? "Council says it is private property"
He tells me "I can stop you under the terrorism act" !!!
I then got chucked out of the council meeting after having to sit there from 4.20 to 8.30 to have them deal with the motion which they threw out and replaced with a new one to suit them, despite standing orders to the contrary. The Constitution 14.6 states the new motion
"must not negate the motion" the new motion was not an amendment as it DESTROYS the original motion
The chair was asked to rule that the amendment was not an amendment but after advice from legal person from council decided to proceed to allow Fib Dems 'amendment' to railroad original motion
(there to cover their backs not to see rights observed!)
I got thrown out as a cllr in executive pleaded that a new bridge £1.4 million was necessary to avoid any accidents in the future ...just move the risk ...I shouted 'take the lorries out of the park, stupid'
and got thrown out of the meeting!
After I left the talking shop continued and we had the opportunity to make very direct heggling without being stopped.
It ended with a challenge to Nigel Howells and eveyone calling the LibDem sheep.
Cardiff Council full meeting tonight
Motion 3 to Cardiff council this evening 8.20pm for 30mins
This Council recognises that our city centre park complex, namely Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Llandaff Fields are invaluable to our city and are recognised by everyone as treasured open spaces.
By its actions in seeking to dispose of and destroy areas of open space across Cardiff, the Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru controlled Council administration has shown that facilities and amenities are not safe in its hands.
Council therefore calls on the Executive to:
1. immediately cease all developments in Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Llandaff Fields subject to 2 below.
2. undertake a wide-ranging consultation on the future use of these parks and to then bring forward a clear strategy for their future use & development.
3. immediately restore Pontcanna Fields to use for the benefit of the citizens of Cardiff.
Proposed by: Councillor Ralph Cook
Seconded by: Councillor Craig Williams
Bute Park alliance leaflet here
NEW MOTION from FIB DEMS and PLAID LIES to replace original which they call an amendment!
COUNCIL 25 JUNE 2009
Amendment 2 to Motion 3
Delete all and replace:
This Council recognises that our city centre park complex, namely Bute
Park, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Llandaff Fields are
invaluable to our city and are recognised by everyone as treasured open
This Council notes:
1. The decision of the Labour administration on 5th February 2004
that approved the Parks Partnership Programme and the application
for funding under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Public Parks
Initiative for the Bute Park Restoration Project.
2. The approval by the Executive on 5th July 2007 of the Council’s
Parks and Green Spaces Strategy 2007-2012.
3. The unanimous decision of the Full Council on 27th September
2007 that agreed the provision of a new vehicular and pedestrian
access bridge for Bute Park off North Road.
4. The subsequent capital allocations for the Bute Park Restoration
Project and the new vehicular and pedestrian access bridge for
Bute Park in the Council’s Capital Budgets for 2008/09 and
This Council welcomes the award by the Heritage Lottery Fund of a grant
of £3.1 million towards a total budget spend of £5.6 million for the Bute
Park Restoration Project that will see:
· Restoration and repair of the Animal Wall
· Re-flooding of the Mill Leat on the western side of the castle
· Restoration and conservation of the Blackfriars Friary site
· Restoration and conservation of the West Lodge
· Development of new visitor facilities at the West Lodge
· Development of a new training / education centre at the Castle
· Reinstatement of the Victorian Summerhouse based on the original
· Restoration of elements of the Victorian garden layout of Andrew
· Appointment of Bute Park based Apprentices in addition to
existing horticultural apprentices
· Appointment of Bute Park based gardeners
· Provision of opportunities for work experience / work placement in
conjunction with schools, colleges and universities
· Provision of new seating, litter bins, signage and interpretation
throughout the park
This Council notes the Statement on Continuing Community Involvement
included within the Bute Park 10 Year Maintenance and Management
This Council welcomes the intention of the Executive to open up the
North Gate of Cardiff Castle thus creating an additional pedestrian access
to Bute Park and allowing a natural pedestrian link from St Mary Street
and High Street, through Cardiff Castle and on into Bute Park.
This Council welcomes the desire to reduce the conflict between
pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles within Bute Park, to better control the
movement of vehicles within Bute Park and to significantly reduce the
number of vehicle miles travelled within Bute Park.
This Council notes that following last year’s highly successful National
Eisteddfod, the construction work involved in restoring the site is now
complete and, subject to aftercare and establishment of the area, the four
reconstructed cricket tables will be available for play during next season.
This Council notes that Glamorgan County Cricket Club have progressed
its own arrangements to facilitate media coverage for the forthcoming
Ashes Test at the Swalec Stadium.
This Council calls on the Executive to:
1. Develop proposals to encourage community involvement in the
restoration programme and the aftercare of Bute Park.
2. Not progress the proposed reconfiguration of the car park at Sophia
3. Continue to progress the objectives of the Council’s Parks and
Green Spaces Strategy 2007-2012.
4. Bring forward a report, within this financial year, outlining the
progress of the Parks and Green Spaces Strategy 2007-2012 for
scrutiny by the Economy and Culture Scrutiny Committee.
5. Explore opportunities for ensuring the conservation of Bute Park’s
unique horticultural and heritage features through protective
Proposed by Councillor Nigel Howells
Seconded by Councillor Neil McEvoy