Cardiff Council Update: 13th July

In today's update from Cardiff Council: new guidance to support September schools return; cars with trailers accepted at Bessemer Close from today, Monday 13th July;Cardiff Castle wins leisure & tourism award; and a resident delivers ‘Thank You' bookmarks to Lamby Way staff.


New guidance to support September schools return

The Welsh Government has today published updated guidance to support schools prior to the return of all pupils in September.

Last Thursday, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, announced that all learners would be able to return to schools in the autumn. 

The guidance will supports schools, local authorities and settings to implement full operations in the autumn, including new guidance on contact groups.

The Welsh Government will make £29 million available to ‘recruit, recover and raise standards', in response to the pandemic.

Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education, said: "This updated guidance reflects the latest medical and scientific advice, striking a balance between structured national guidance and local flexibility.

"We have learned this year that we must be prepared for a range of scenarios. This guidance sets out what learning priorities should remain constant, regardless of where learning takes place.

"It will support our schools and education settings in ensuring learners continue to access a broad and balanced curriculum and continue to make progress in their learning.

"I would like to thank our local authorities and the trade unions for their input into this guidance, and of course our school staff for their dedication, professionalism and hard work over the last few months, which has set us in good stead for a full return in September."

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "Many children and parents across Wales will welcome today's announcement from Welsh Government that all children should return to the classroom, full time from September.

"Over the last few months, an incredible amount of work has been undertaken by our schools to provide learning from home, facilitated by the local authority and our partners. But inevitably, being away from the classroom has meant that children and young people have been missing out. Returning to school is very important for their education, wellbeing and development, however, I know some families will be feeling anxious about this news.

"Ensuring that a full return is managed safely is a priority, and the health and safety of pupils and staff comes first. Cardiff Council will be following Welsh Government guidance and will be working closely with schools to overcome any challenges so that they can welcome pupils back to a safe learning environment next term."

Operational guidance for schools and settings from the autumn term: Keep Education Safe (COVID-19):

Guidance on learning in schools and settings from the autumn term: Keep Education Safe (COVID-19):


Cars with trailers accepted at Bessemer Close from Monday 13thJuly

From today, we're accepting cars with trailers at our Bessemer Close Recycling Centre.

See what vehicles you can bring to the centres here:

The maximum accepted trailer size is 1.2m x 1.2m (4ft x4ft)

Cars with trailers will need to follow the booking process for vans and will be allowed 1 visit per month.

Please make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance:

#KeepWalesSafe - always observe social distancing and wash your hands regularly.


Cardiff Castle - winner of the Cardiff Life Leisure & Tourism Award 2020

​We've received the exciting news that Cardiff Castle has won the Leisure & Tourism award at the Cardiff Life Awards 2020!

Given the current situation, the Awards were very different this year with a unique, free, virtual ceremony for the whole city.

The Cardiff Life Awards are the business highlight of the city. They are the most prestigious, most tightly contested Awards with the greatest number of local companies involved. We feel honoured that the Castle has been chosen to represent this category.

One of the benefits of winning is coverage in Cardiff Life magazine, keep an eye out for the next editions which can be viewed online here:

Comments from Cardiff Life:

"Cardiff Castle has stepped up to the mark this year. It's playing it wondrous space with great ingenuity, attracting 300,000 annual visitors while deftly promoting Cardiff's culture."

Keep up to date here:


Resident delivers ‘Thank You' bookmarks to Lamby Way

A caring resident has delivered handmade bookmarks to our colleagues at Lamby Way as a thank you for all their hard work.

Candy, from Pentwyn, gifted the bookmarks to our waste teams, with a message of thanks to people at this time, including our refuse workers.

Thank you for your act of kindness.