Cardiff Council Update: 6th November

Welcome to the last update of the week from Cardiff Council, covering: poppy symbols painted on roads across the city; COVID-19 cases and tests; Cardiff Bay Rugby Codebreakers campaign gets Speaker's backing; and register to vote campaign launches.

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Poppy symbols painted on roads across the city

Poppy symbols have been painted on side roads next to war memorials in eleven locations across Cardiff, as a mark of respect to the servicemen and servicewomen that have served, fought and died for our country.

The floor markings of a red poppy, with the bilingual caption ‘Lest We Forget' underneath is a reminder to everyone that passes by to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Huw Thomas said: "This year, due the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions on gatherings of people, there are a limited number of parades for people to visit and lay their wreaths and pay their respects.

"The markings have been put down on side roads across the city as a symbol, so we can collectively pay our respects to all those that have served and lost their lives in both current and past conflicts.

"With the sad loss of life during the pandemic this year, it is also an opportunity to think of all those who have been affected by coronavirus, especially staff, nurses and doctors that are fighting on the front-line against the virus in hospitals across the country.

"Due to the restrictions that have put in place due to the pandemic, there has also been very little opportunity for people to collect and donate to the Poppy Appeal. This can be done online and I encourage everyone to donate  if they are able to do so."

All of the floor markings will be in place by tomorrow (November 5th) and have been delivered and paid for by Roman Road Markings. Two markings have been painted on side roads near the National War Memorial at Alexandra Gardens, as well as in Grangetown, Llandaff, Whitchurch, Lisvane, St Mellons, Radyr, Rumney and Rhiwbina.

Due to Welsh Government Coronavirus Regulations which place restrictions on outdoor public gatherings,  general access to the National War Memorial and the surrounding Alexandra Gardens will not be possible on the morning of Sunday, November 8.

Arrangements have been made this year which will allow members of the public to participate in the National Service of Remembrance for Wales, safely in their own homes.

For the first time, the service will be available to watch live on the Cardiff Council YouTube channel. Coverage will start from 10.50am on Sunday, November 8, available at:

Broadcast from the National War Memorial in Cardiff, the coverage will capture a small, socially distanced service, conducted by Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk.

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The road markings have been placed at the following locations:

  • Alexandra Gardens
  • Homesdale Street - Grange Gardens
  • The Cathedral Green - Llandaff
  • Penlline Road - Whitchurch
  • Lisvane Road - Lisvane
  • Chapel Row - St Mellons
  • Heol Isaf - Radyr
  • Wentloog Road - Rumney
  • Lon Ucha - Rhiwbina
  • Beaumaris Road - Rumney


Cardiff Cases and Tests - Last 7 Days Data

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

5 November 2020


Cases: 1,047

Cases per 100,000 population: 285.4 (Wales: 254.9 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 5,281

Testing per 100,000 population: 1,439.3

Positive proportion: 19.8% (Wales: 18.7% positive proportion)


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University of South Wales - COVID-19 Case Numbers:


Cardiff Bay Rugby Codebreakers campaign gets Speaker's backing

The campaign to mark the achievements of Cardiff Bay's Rugby Codebreakers has attracted public support from The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP. 

Under the banner ‘One Team. One Race: Honouring the Cardiff Bay Rugby Codebreakers' the campaign aims to immortalise some of the country's greatest sporting heroes in a permanent artwork designed to ensure their stories - and the story of the proud and vibrant multi-cultural community which helped shape them - are never forgotten. 

In a letter to Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Sir Hoyle wrote: "I am delighted to write in support of the campaign to recognise the Welsh rugby heroes who switched codes from rugby union to rugby league." 

A panel of experts narrowed down those to be recognised to a list of 13, the number of players in a Rugby League team. They all grew up within a three-mile radius of Cardiff Bay. 

Sir Hoyle added: "It is truly amazing that the Cardiff Bay area produced so many talented sportsmen who, thanks to their inspired decision to switch codes, achieved every honour imaginable in the 13-a-side sport. The rugby league community has quite rightly immortalised many of the players such as Clive Sullivan, Billy Boston, Colin Dixon, Roy Francis, Jim Sullivan and Johnny Freeman to name but a few. In the case of Clive Sullivan, not only did he achieve significant domestic success but, more importantly, he was the first black player to captain any British sporting team, scoring a memorable length of the filed try to help Great Britain win the 1972 World Cup! This story is truly the stuff of legend in British sport. However, at the time, outside of rugby league circles, this went largely unrecognised. 

"I fully support the campaign to grant recognition to the codebreakers in the form of a statue. I am sure the campaign will receive huge amounts of support, not just in the south of Wales but across the UK and ensure that the sporting greats from this very special area are given the recognition they deserve." 

To read more about ‘One Team. One Race: Honouring the Cardiff Bay Rugby Codebreakers' and to find out how to support the campaign, visit:


Register to vote campaign launches

A new advertising campaign to encourage young people and eligible foreign nationals living in Cardiff to register to vote has been launched.

Changes to the law in Wales mean that from the age of 14, young people can now register to vote and for the first time, 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to vote in the next Senedd elections, scheduled to take place next May.

The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020 also extends the franchise to enable qualifying foreign citizens to vote in Senedd elections too.

The Council has launched a digital campaign to raise awareness of the new franchise amongst eligible residents in the city and to encourage them to ensure they can have their say in Senedd elections by registering to vote at:

The campaign focuses on social media advertising across a range of channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat, while posters promoting the new franchise are being installed in bus stop shelters across the city.

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