Jo Stevens

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Jo Stevens - Labour MP for Cardiff Central

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2017 was a great year for music in Cardiff, with landmark achievements for local acts, and the successful Save Womanby Street campaign that I was proud to support.

The Cardiff Music Awards will celebrate the many aspects of Cardiff's fantastic music scene, and you can nominate in 20 different categories for your favourite artist, venue, promoter and more by clicking here.

The awards will be handed out at the Tramshed on Thursday 29th March 2018, with performances from some talented local acts.

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Cardiff Music Awards

2017 was a great year for music in Cardiff, with landmark achievements for local acts, and the successful Save Womanby Street campaign that I was proud to support. The Cardiff...

Statement: Meeting with the Minister

This week my team, along with Jenny Rathbone AM and other local elected representatives, met with Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, and representatives from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to discuss the Roath Flood Defence Scheme.

The Minister and NRW are aware of the strength of feeling amongst local residents, particularly the removal of trees in Roath Brook Gardens and Roath Mill Gardens, and were happy to answer a number of specific points raised by elected representatives.

Tree Felling

It was agreed that no-one wants to remove trees in green spaces, but that looking at the overall scheme it is unavoidable that some trees will have to be removed (and subsequently replaced) in order to deliver the planned flood defences.

During their consultation, the NRW team have listened local residents and negotiated to amend the plans where possible to retain particular trees. Three additional trees have been retained following these latest consultations.

In the initial stages of looking at options for the scheme, it was recognised that the parks’ location within a conservation area was important. NRW has agreed that it would, therefore, be inappropriate to embark on any works which would require the park perimeter to be altered and have an impact on the exterior appearance. For this reason plans were amended to contain the works inside the perimeter of the parks and focus on the flow and capacity of the brook itself.

 

Scheme Phases

Some people have asked whether it’s possible to re-calculate the flood risk to the properties covered by ‘Phase 3’ of the works in order to consider amending the works. NRW have explained that the works are a community-level package based on the overall risk to Penylan and would not be calculated at street-by-street level.

This is the same way that risks are calculated and schemes planned across Wales – the programme is considered on a community basis, not in small segments.

The phases are purely operational, with the works only being completed in three parts in order to minimise local area disruption (this was a condition of planning permission being granted). The scheme is always considered as a whole.

 

Pausing the Works for Further Consideration

Some of the works have been delayed due to the various conversations and discussions between the Welsh Government, NRW and the local community. This has allowed time for further information to be considered but NRW say they have not been given any compelling information which would lead to any alternative options being more viable than the strategy currently in place.

The tree felling work need to be completed before bird nesting season (in March) and it is therefore important for NRW to continue with the works as soon as possible. If they were delayed any further it would push the works into another financial year, extend disruption and  further increase costs. If the costs of this scheme increase that means communities elsewhere in Wales may lose out on important flood protection works.

 

Wildlife and Ecology

Ecological surveys were completed at the start of the works, and an additional survey is due to be completed in February 2018 for the ‘Phase 3’ area (this is best practice, rather than a requirement). NRW confirmed that the scheduling of works takes into account bird nesting season in the trees, and that the re-designed park and brook will offer an improved habitat for eg water voles which are not in evidence from surveys that have been done to date.

 

Jo Stevens MP and Jenny Rathbone AM

Roath Flood Defence Scheme - Meeting with the Minister

Statement: Meeting with the Minister This week my team, along with Jenny Rathbone AM and other local elected representatives, met with Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, and representatives from...

February 2018 represents a major milestone towards the electrification of the railway to Cardiff. Work on Splott Road Bridge enters a critical phase and preparations for the new overhead line equipment continue.

Road closure

As part of the work to reconstruct Splott Road Bridge, a full road closure between 4 February and 27 February will be needed.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access over the bridge will be restricted at the following times:

  • 7am on 12 February - 5pm on 12 February
  • 7am on 13 February - 5pm on 13 February
  • 7am on 14 February - 00.01am on 16 February
  • 11pm on 16 February - 4am on 19 February
  • 10pm on 24 February - 5am on 26 February

Demolition work will take place between 17 February and 19 February.

 

Drop-in events

Following the success of the ‘street surgery’ held on Clifton Street last year, Network Rail will be hosting a similar event on the 17 January, between 3pm and 6pm.

Network Rail are also holding a drop-in event at the Carlisle Bakery on Splott Road, between 3pm and 6pm on 24 January.

 

Piling activity

Network Rail will be utilising full and partial closures of the railway between Cardiff and Newport to deliver a significant amount of piling activity on the railway through Splott and Adamsdown in the coming months.

Network Rail will continue their targeted approach to lineside neighbours, discussed previously, wherever possible, ensuring that local residents have at least two-weeks’ notice of noisy piling activity in the vicinity of their homes.

Experts from the Network Rail piling team will also be on hand at the Splott Road drop-in on the 24th February to answer questions from local residents.

Meanwhile, rail passengers are advised to 'check before you travel' via www.nationalrail.co.uk or 0847 484950 to find out if their journey will be affected.

 

 

If you are adversely affected by these works, please don't hesitate to contact me using jo.stevens.mp@parliament.uk and I will raise your concerns directly with Network Rail.

Splott Road Bridge Update

February 2018 represents a major milestone towards the electrification of the railway to Cardiff. Work on Splott Road Bridge enters a critical phase and preparations for the new overhead line...

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