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Many of you will have had a letter or email from the council regarding the latest news on the Cardiff Local Development Plan.The following letter has been sent to the council as the Danescourt Community Association's response


Councillor Ralph Cook

Deputy Leader

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways, Traffic & Transportation

County Hall


CF10 4UW

9 July 2013

Dear Councillor Cook

Cardiff Local Development Plan 2006-2026 Deposit Plan: Working Draft

I refer to your letter dated 1st July 2013 drawing attention to the above and I feel obliged to advise you that I do not consider it to be a sound plan.

Your Background Technical Paper 12 on Transportation correctly states in its introduction that it " evidences the need for advanced provision of sustainable transport infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of forecast growth and ensure developments are accessible by sustainable transport " and that "the scale of development which Cardiff has to accommodate in the next two decades presents major transport challenges". Please remember the use of the two words: advanced provision because they are of significant importance.

The Transportation Paper goes on to analyse existing circumstances and to contrast these with a likely future scenario identified at 1.4.3 in which:

  • the demand for travel by car would increase by 41%
  • 10% of new demand would be unable to travel on the highway network due to lack of capacity
  • average journey speeds would decrease and
  • journey times would increase;

and at 1.5.1 it concludes that the modelling undertaken indicates that:

  • all the major development sites will need to be supported by significant new transport infrastructure and improvements to existing transport facilities.

Two major findings at 3.2.1 are that:

  • Cardiff's key corridors are currently operating at or close to capacity and
  • strategic corridors would be significantly congested in the peak periods with an average 41% increase in vehicle travel times for journeys within Cardiff.

The major development sites proposed are correctly listed as sites 46, 72, 82, 102, 106 and112 at 4.1.1 and again the paper observes at 4.1.3 that these major sites "will need to be supported by significant new transport infrastructure and improvements to existing transport facilities."


All of the foregoing is undoubtedly perfectly correct and probably obvious to anyone, so why is this Deposit Plan unsound? The answer to this is because the solutions offered to these problems are no more than vague outlines with no detail as to how or when they might be provided, by whom or at what expense or indeed who would fund any of them.

Without this level of detail, the Deposit Plan is no more than a pipedream; it is certainly not a well thought out or well researched sound plan. Until this missing detail becomes available I fail to see how you will be able to persuade the rest of your Council, the public or the appointed Planning Inspector that your Deposit Plan is an acceptable document.

My particular concerns lie with the development of sites 46, 82 and 102 because of where I reside. During the morning peak period it already takes in excess of 30 minutes to travel along Llantrisant Road A4119 between Waterhall Road and Llandaff High Street because of the congestion caused by the nature of the historic centre of Llandaff. The projected increase in journey time of 41% indicated would lengthen this journey to around 45 minutes in order to travel a distance of perhaps a mile and a half, a result that would be completely unacceptable.

The Transportation background paper indicates that site 46 will be provided with direct access onto the M4 and that there will be a park and ride scheme accessed from both Llantrisant Road and the M4. Cardiff Council is not the highway authority for the M4, but no indication is given whether the Welsh Assembly in its role as highway authority for the M4 might agree to this proposal.

The difficulty which all of the vague ideas for transportation improvements included within the Transportation background paper have in common is that none of them indicate how the anticipated additional traffic will get from the edge of the current developed area into the city centre without causing chaos and congestion. If new routes are to be built and property to be demolished to allow this, then details of these agreed routes must be incorporated within the Deposit Plan for public consultation.

As you will have gathered I consider that the present Plan falls far short of being a well prepared document with which to inform anyone reliably or to enable an acceptable consultation process to be undertaken. I would urge you to reject it until significant further work has been undertaken to resolve in detail how the correctly anticipated transportation problems which will arise from its implementation can be overcome.

I do not believe this current Deposit Plan to represent the quality of governance and consideration that the population of a capital city should reasonably be entitled to expect from its Council.

I have written separately to my two local Councillors and I will also write to the Welsh Assembly to request rejection of this Deposit Plan.

Yours sincerely

Stewart Burgess


for Danescourt Community Association

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 July 2013 15:37
Footbridge to Hailey Park Opens PDF Print E-mail

The conversion of the disused railway bridge to a footbridge is complete, and opened at the end of June 2013. The bridge links the Taff Trail at Hailey Park to the path known as Cart Road 52 near the Radyr Sidings.

The railway bridge was part of the line from the goods sidings to the Radyr to Queen Street line, part of the old Taff Valley Railway. Cart Road 52 originally connected Whitchurch, Radyr and Llandaff via a ford across the Taff.



Last Updated on Sunday, 30 June 2013 19:12
Bus Lane in Llantrisant Road? PDF Print E-mail

Are you aware that Cardiff City Council is planning to remove both grass verges from Llantrisant Road in the vicinity of the BBC in order to install a bus lane?  Danescourt resident Stewart Burgess has written to the council expressing his alarm at the proposal.  


I am alarmed at the damage to the flow of traffic which will result from the implementation of this proposal.
I cannot see what possible benefit this proposal could make to the passage of buses along Llantrisant Road during the morning peak period and for the remainder of the day it will certainly serve no useful purpose whatsoever. During the morning peak period, two long lines of inbound traffic queue on the approach to the roundabout at the junction of Bridge Road with Llantrisant Road and this static traffic will effectively prevent any bus leaving the end of the proposed bus lane, unless the driver of the vehicle elects to 'force' a way out, which is hardly conducive to road safety. This would of course affect the already slow progress of the other traffic when the bus makes such a manoeuvre.
The proposed bus lane would be approximately 340 metres in length, or about the length of 50 cars, but it does not follow that the bus would be able to pass these almost static cars in the morning peak because of the problem the bus will experience at the exit to the bus lane.   
At this point I should also advise you that I believe the proposal could be illegal. Section 16 (1) of the Traffic Management Act 2004 states It is the duty of a local traffic authority to manage their road network with a view to achieving, so far as may be reasonably practical having regard to their other obligations, policies and objectives, the following objective(s)- (a) securing the expeditious movement of traffic on the authority's road network. Note here please the use by the Act of the word 'duty'. 
Notwithstanding the above, Llantrisant Road is served by two inbound buses travelling within one minute of each other at 20 minute intervals. It necessarily follows that this proposal could only be of benefit to about 6 or perhaps 8 bus journeys each day if it worked. If it did work, which I doubt, this hardly represents a valid cost benefit when compared to the cost of its construction. 
In summary I believe this proposal represents (1) a misuse of public funding and (2) is probably an illegal proposal. 


Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:28
A New Camera Club coming to Danescourt starting September 2013 PDF Print E-mail
  • A relaxed & friendly atmosphere
  • A chance to spend time with like minded people
  • Share ideas about photography hints, tips and experience, no matter how much or how little you know about it
  • Take part in Club Competitions
  • Help plan and enjoy day trips at different locations to photograph landscapes,people and architecture
  • A chance to work with “real life models” male and female that are willing to pose for you using studio lighting, light meters & backdrops
  • Learn more or discover what F-Stops are, what shutter speeds to use, what ISO can do for your photography and many more ideas.
  • Take part in our New Blog Site, leaving your feedback on Club Members' Photography

Steve has been a photography enthusiast for over 10 years and has been commissioned to photograph many Weddings, Corporate and Private Events, along with producing images for local businesses to advertise their products or services.

Sharing ideas, skills and showing your photographs to people are the best way to get positive, constructive feedback, which will make you a better photographer, as a hobbyist or to hopefully start a new career.

We will be meeting on every 4th Monday evening in the St John’s Church Hall in Danescourt, Llandaff, starting at 8pm until 9.30pm.

Just £3.00 per person, to cover the cost of the Hall Hire. Free Membership, until January 2014.

We are having our first Camera Club meeting on 23rd September. There will be a very basic introduction to digital photography, there will be samples of work, portfolios, and albums to look through, along with a few cameras to have a look at. If you are interested, please come along for an informal chat about the club, future meetings and much more.


Email:[email protected] for more information on what to bring, what the first evening will be about and what happens next.Or mobile – 07810 866 857

If you are interested please contact us, so that we know how many people will be attending and how much milk, coffee and tea bags we will need.

Hope to see you there

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 20:20
Planning Application for 48 Houses at The End of Radyr Court Road PDF Print E-mail

We are pleased to report that the planning application has been rejected.  However, we understand that the applicant will appeal this decision.

The following is a letter to our local councillors from Stewart Burgess on behalf of Danescourt Community Association regarding the OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 48 DWELLINGS on LAND AT RADYR COURT ROAD, DANESCOURT, CARDIFF.  You can see more details on the council website here.


Dear Kirsty & Gareth,

I am dismayed by the analysis of the highway objections presented in the report to the Planning Committee in respect of the above application to the Cardiff Council for Planning Permission.

In particular, whilst the report correctly states at 8.13 that "Manual for Streets" outlines guidance on the specific subject of shared surface streets, it fails to point out that "Manual for Streets" does not say is that such shared surface streets can be provided with narrow carriageways where pedestrians will have to do battle with two way traffic of all types. The report makes no mention of the clause contained in "Manual for Streets" that indicates that the minimum width of carriageway for two way delivery traffic is 5.5 metres, which does not compare favourably with the available carriageway width of as little as the 4.38 metres width quoted in the Transport Statement that accompanied this application. The analysis has also made no mention of the dangers to the potential visually impaired future users of this proposed shared surface or that the Royal National Institurte for the Blind and the Guidedogs Association for the Blind both have severe reservations about such proposals. I note that neither of these organisations have been consulted about this proposal.

There is also the height problem at the railway bridge that the report fails to mention. The available headroom is stated within the Transport Statement to be only 3.73 metres or 12'-3". The allowable maximum height of road vehicles is currently 15'-0" and the standard headroom under a bridge is 15'-6". This one is therefore significantly substandard. Anything having less than this 15'-6" clearance has to be signed. A large furniture van is in the order of 13'-6" tall and a normal delivery van can be of the order of 12'-9" tall, so neither of these vehicles would be able to pass under the railway bridge. For assistance I include a link to a website giving typical vehicle dimensions, which shows a delivery vehicle 12'-0" tall, but also states that dimensions are only approximate.  A 12'-0" tall vehicle should not attempt to pass under anything having a vertical clearance of less than 12'-6". 

The report also fails to mention the consequence of any large vehicle that has failed to pass under the bridge having to reverse some distance along Radyr Court Road before reaching a location where it could turn around in order to depart. Such events will cause considerable difficulty to any other road users present at the same time.

In addition the report fails to mention the statutory duty placed on all Highway Authorities by the Traffic Management Act 2004 to ease the flow of vehicular traffic on its roads. Clearly if this proposed development goes ahead, it will contribute further traffic to Bridge Street which is already severely congested at peak periods.  The report fails to recommend any measure to overcome this situation.

Please feel free to forward this as you may think appropriate.    

Kind regards

S M Burgess
Danescourt Community Association

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:15

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