Saturday, 6 June 2015

@CardiffCouncil falsified picture of site for 'new bus station' June Capital Times #clowns

  falsified picture of site for 'new bus station' June Capital Times  

Cardiff Labour Council continue to tell you fibs - the truth here - Everything you need to know about Cardiff Council and the 'bus station' 

Deliberate removal of bus shelters in advance of any consultation with bus users - we want a NEW BUS STATION NOW - before the BBC and offices 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Illegal FOI refusal on Cardiff Bus Station

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request -  FOI06724. Yours sincerely
Improvement & Information - City of Cardiff Council Room 401, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf 
Which clearly doesn't answer the question contrary to the law. 
All we wanted to see is the specification given to the architects for the promised new bus station. Cardiff Council - Phil Bale and Ramesh Patel should share this information and the designs and let the people of Cardiff decide the winning submission.   Illegal 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cardiff Labour Council ignore residents wishes in second community poll

Cardiff Labour Council ignore residents wishes
in second community poll 
Cardiff Labour Council and its leader Phil Bale and deputy leader Sue Lent run  - the council that never listens to its residents 

Cardiff Cabinet meet tomorrow to reject the results of the Llandaff community poll overwhelmingly in favour of asking them to reconsider the proposed housing developments in North West Cardiff.

They will also again reject the plea to reopen Waugron Road recycling centre.recycling, 

And of course the wishes of residents who value the bus station are ignored completely too. 

Cardiff Labour Council ignore residents wishes in community poll 
Cardiff Labour Council ignore residents wishes in community poll

Monday, 25 May 2015

No Blue flag for Barry Island - parents beware

No 'Blue Flag' for Barry Island; no beach awards for other VoG Beaches
Parents will be especially concerned that their favorite resort Barry Island doesn't have a blue flag - who wants to risk allowing their children to  swim and play in shitty water?  Who wants to go surfing in dirty water.++ 
No Blue-Flag award for Barry**; despite meeting the bathing water guideline standard over the summer of 2014; the Vale Council did not submit Barry’s Whitmore Bay for approval, perhaps because they missed the standard in 2013 (better weather in 2014) [1] and didn't want to risk failure again.
None of the Vale Beaches gets a beach award (Blue Flag or Green Coast or Seaside award) because the Council did not submit them. 

Jacksons Bay beach failed the guideline water quality standard in 4 of the 20 samples (taken weekly), as Enterococci data indicate sewage pollution.  However, Whitmore Bay failed in just 2 of the 20 samples, so could qualify overall.  Likewise, Cold Knap and Southerndown both qualified but were not submitted for awards.

The Vale Council also discontinued monitoring at Fontygary, Llantwit Major and Ogmore beaches, so the public cannot know the water quality.

Under half of the Euro-designated bathing beaches in Wales are nominated under the Blue Flag scheme (47 of the 102 total) because facilities like lifeguards and toilets are needed and dogs excluded.  But the only ‘resort’ beach in Wales omitted is Barry’s Whitmore Bay – astonishing when the Vale Council claims to be promoting Barry as a resort, say Friends of the Earth.

We believes the omissions relate to the continuing sewage problem. The failures at Jackson’s Bay (four water samples) and Whitmore Bay (two samples) relate to sewage overflows from the Cog Moors works.  This sewage works is overloaded and discharges untreated sewage during high rainfall [2].  Welsh Water added UV treatment of the overflows in 2011/12 but this proved inadequate in 2013.

The Vale Council is not objecting to the sewage failures as it chooses to permit more housebuilding (as at Wenvoe and Culverhouse Cross) that loads Cog Moors works even more.  The Council and Dwr Cymru do not require these developers to contribute towards upgrading sewage treatment facilities, in order to comply with standards.

The Vale Council’s LDP (Local Development Plan, delayed for public inquiry) wants excessive house building (10 000 homes compared with the 5700 of government projections), mainly in Rhoose and east of Barry in the ‘green belt’, all of which feed the Cog Moors sewage works.  There are no new or expanded sewage facilities in the Ofwat-approved plans to 2020; instead of pressing for these, FoE accuse the Vale Council of favouring its housing development ambitions above Barry’s bathing water and Blue Flag status.

[1] 'Blue Flag' failure at Barry Island = inadequate sewage works at Cog Moors

**  WalesBathing Water Report 2014
Note the NRW reporting uses the old Bathing Water standard, whereas Euro-Blue Flags are awarded on the revised standard (rBWD) which is compulsory from 2015
Table 8 shows Jacksons Bay is likely to fail the IE (Enterococci) standard, while Whitmore Bay and Southerndown have a risk of failure.
Table 9 indicates Whitmore Bay like Jacksons Bay failed in 2013 (‘good’) but met the Blue Flag (rBWD) standard in 2014.
Tabled 10 shows Blue-Flag qualifying Euro-beaches,with Whitmore Bay not qualifying in 2013 and 2014. 

++ Wales  Surfers Against Sewage 

Friday, 22 May 2015

NRW stops Cardiff Council who have no permit for their incinerator ash operations

Scam over Viridor’s Incinerator Ash is ending
Cardiff Council’s efforts to make money from Viridor’s incinerator ash appear at an end.
The metal screening equipment was yesterday taken down off the tip and is now parked up next to the buildings on the tip.   Ready for press photographs if you hurry.

Viridor was forced to install metal separating equipment at its incinerator from end April.  Temporary plant has been brought in, operating within the building, so without the dust-blow at Lamby Way.  They are installing modern magnetic and eddy current separators for long-term use.
Cardiff Council was forced to submit a “Risk Assessment” of its metal screening operations on Lamby Way tip.  The NRW has not accepted it, as “not provide sufficient detail in their assessment of potential impacts of dust generation”. 
CATI points out that it’s a poor, amateurish document that in no way measures up to the NRW’s guidance, or to the similar operations in England by Raymond Brown Ltd (Andover) who call themselves ‘specialist’ in incinerator ash processing.
CATI has pressed NRW (Natural Resources Wales) to take action against Cardiff; they were found to have no permit for their incinerator ash operations.  Eluned Parrott has likewise pressed for action to stop the toxic dust from incinerator ash spreading to residential areas of Rhymney/Rumney and Tremorfa.
The NRW has been slow in taking action, but at last !

UPDATE on Ash Tip operations stopped
The ash screening equipment and conveyors have now been covered over, to protect from Press photographers. 
Cardiff Council's JCBs and dumper trucks are now spreading the mounds of ash over areas of the site (claiming for 'engineering' or 're-profiling' the site), raising clouds of dust blowing in today's strong winds.  This incinerator dust is toxic, but the Council (with collusion of the NRW) ignore the harm to health and environment, pretending it does not get off site.

Splott incinerator campaigners hit out at Cardiff council for 'breaching duty of care' over Lamby Way recycling site​

Monday, 18 May 2015

Public acceptability of Cardiff Bus Station proposals

Recent letters to the Echo have questioned scrapping Cardiff’s bus station on a promise of another, on an over-small site, years in the future.  Your columnist David James criticised putting “transport infrastructure second to the demands of developers – as Cardiff seems to be doing” (30 April, Echo p.14).

The 29th April planning decision on Central Square does not settle the issue, for Councils have in law to test ‘public acceptability’ of major transport infrastructure.
This Council ‘consulted’ the public just on whether the bus station should be in front or behind the rail station. Then came ‘stakeholder’ discussion of problems and opportunities.  Next - says the core Welsh document on transport planning (WelTAG) – public acceptability of the proposal will be a key test. 

Are the present Council leaders really intending to omit public consultation and acceptability?

The previous Council leadership (Lib-Dem/Plaid coalition) did consult in 2011 on a similar siting of a new bus station.  The Welsh Government said then (2012) the Council needed to   “revisit the WelTAG work, including appropriate engagement with the public”.  The current proposals are further changed, in particular to exclude bus access via Saunders Road (by the Great Western pub).  They block any operating of the bus station during match-day closures. 

The developer-plans for Central Square do not decide over transport planning.  The council owns the land and must use it in the best interests of Cardiff, bearing in mind environmental and transport issues.  Let the Council now lay out their plans clearly, show how they meet (or fail) the principles for a Bus Station and truly multi-modal transport hub, and subject them to the public acceptability test.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Broke Cardiff Council hires Blair adviser

Not so long, about 2 years, since Cardiff labour faced criticism for proposing to recruit £80k advisor for council leader Heather Joyce which was described as obscene.  

Absolutely broke Cardiff council still faces “many significant challenges” in raising school standards, inspectors have warned. So Cardiff’s director of education Nick Batchelar says Cardiff Labour Council enlisted former UK Government adviser Robert Hill to act as a “critical friend” in the drive to raise standards in the city. Mr Hill, who worked under Prime Minister Tony Blair, will join the authority in June and is expected to stay for at least a year.  Paul Orders Cardiff Council Chief Executive suggests the regional education consortium, not Cardiff Council, will pay Robert Hill. Councillors are unhappy the role wasn't advertised. His salary hasn't been disclosed.
Find him on twitter Robert Hill @Robt_Hill
He seems keen on academies and how to improve them by creating Academy chains We dont have academies in Wales. He likes competition and partnerships between schools - bigger the better man.
Mr Hill said there is a “strong case on both educational and cost-effectiveness grounds” for the majority, and potentially all, of schools in Wales to be part of a formal federation or hard cluster with shared governance arrangements.
If approved, the federation or cluster could be primary-to-primary or secondary-to-secondary in structure, to be led by an overarching executive headteacher. Typically, federated schools retain their own identities but share services in order to enhance opportunities for their pupils. Currently, school governing bodies have the final say on federation but Mr Hill suggests the Welsh Government take a stronger role in setting out “clear direction of travel” for schools to work together more formally.
Robert Hill Tony Blair's Political Secretary. Former health adviser to Tony Blair at No.10, became Political Secretary to Blair in 2001. Used to work for the Audit Commission and Capita. He was a press officer for Tony Blair before the 1997 election

Between 1997-2001 Robert Hill worked in the No 10 Policy Unit as the Prime Minister’s adviser on health issues. Charles Clarke became Education Secretary in October 2002 Robert Hill joined him as his special adviser then to the Home Office to advise on police reform, immigration and criminal justice issues until May 2005.