Cardiff Council Update: 20th October

Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: temporary plans proposed for Castle Street; innovative homes to help tackle homelessness; Cardiff cases and tests, last seven days data; the latest schools affected by COVID-19; plus Andy and the Bessemer Close team help fight fire.


Temporary plans proposed for Castle Street

The Council is considering re-opening Castle Street to buses, taxis and emergency vehicles as a temporary measure while a public consultation is held on the future of the thoroughfare.

The proposed re-opening - which may be ready by mid-November - will help buses and taxis cross east to west and west to east.

This temporary design will seek to ensure that the pop-up cycleway - which will run from Leckwith Road up Newport Road to the junction with Broadway - will be retained throughout the public consultation.

The temporary measure under consideration may include a pavement alongside the shops and bars opposite the castle extended into the road to give a wider walkway for people to socially distance. It could also create an opportunity for hospitality businesses to have more space outside their premises to trade.

Under the proposal, Castle Street could then contain two lanes for buses and taxis to travel east and or west, and the pop-up cycle lane by the castle would remain.

It is anticipated that the proposed scheme could bed-in before the Christmas season begins.

Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, said: The Council recognises that the closure of Castle Street has divided opinions, with strong arguments being made in favour and against the changes that have been implemented in recent months.

"Alongside a detailed modelling exercise on future traffic flows, we will undertake a comprehensive consultation exercise, involving city centre businesses, local residents, and citizens across Cardiff, to help determine the final plan for the street."

Cardiff Council is monitoring congestion and air quality across the city centre. It will undertake detailed modelling on any long-term plans, which will help determine if any additional mitigations are required in neighbouring wards.

Currently air quality levels across the city have improved significantly on last year. You can read more about that here:


Innovative homes to help tackle homelessness

Innovative housing solutions that will provide high quality, sustainable homes for families experiencing homelessness are on their way to Cardiff.

The Council is working with Beattie Passive to quickly increase the city's supply of temporary accommodation with new high quality, high performance homes to cater for homeless families.

Beattie Passive will be creating 48 new modular homes for the city, with their state of the art Haus4 builds at the Gasworks site in Grangetown. The scheme, which is subject to planning permission, will deliver 48 modular-build one, two and three-bedroom flats that will provide temporary homes for families while a more permanent housing solution is found.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "The Council is extremely pleased to be working with Beattie Passive to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to help tackle housing need in the city.

"We've made excellent progress in supporting people who've been homeless over the last few months and our vision for services for the future is now taking shape very quickly. Beattie Passive's modular solutions provide a fast and effective response for our plans, including provision for a potential increase in family homelessness."

Read more here:


Cardiff Cases and Tests - Last 7 Days Data

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Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales, data correct as of:

19 October 2020

Cases: 1,041

Cases per 100,000 population: 283.7 (Wales: 140.9 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 5,680

Testing per 100,000 population: 1,548.1

Positive proportion: 18.3% (Wales: 11.9% positive proportion)


Cardiff University - COVID-19 Case Numbers:


Update on schools affected by COVID-19: 20thOctober 2020

Willows High School

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Willows High School. 137 Year 10 pupils have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days after they were identified as close contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 case. No staff have been affected due to social distancing measures in place.


Andy and Bessemer Close team help fight fire

During the current Coronavirus pandemic, we've been reminded that ‘we're all in this together'. One of our colleagues has certainly stepped up to that notion, jumping into action when a fire broke out at a neighbouring business.

Andy Kahl, Heavy Plant Operator, was working at Bessemer Close Recycling Centre when the police arrived advising there had been a fire at Cardiff Slate & Stone.

In order to get to the source, the Fire Service needed to move material and were unable to do so with the limited vehicles on their site and needed to use one of our larger vehicles and an operator.

Andy has been praised by his bosses and firefighters, going straight to the site to assist then back to Bessemer Close Recycling Centre to crush our bins to prevent our site from closing and then back to the fire.

Katherine Smith, Waste Strategy & Recycling Officer, said: "Andy went over and above the call of duty. The business owner, Fire Service, Police and myself are extremely grateful to Andy and his fast action and quick thinking.

"The duty manager was advised, prior to us going to the Fire, Andy also carried out Pre and Post vehicle checks."

Steve O'Connell, Station Manager at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "On behalf of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, I would like to thank Andy sincerely or the support and assistance he provided. This was a challenging incident that became manageable only thanks to his skills and resources.

"It was a pleasure to work alongside Andy in true joint working spirit. His contribution allowed us to close down an incident much more quickly than we otherwise would have been able to, ensuring our resources were quickly available to provide protection for the communities we all serve."

Andy said, "I was only more than happy to help the Fire Service and Police. Our key workers do an amazing job and it was a privilege to be able to assist them."

Well done Andy, and thank you!