Cardiff Council Update: 22 December 2023

Here is your Friday update, covering:

  • Strike to impact some waste collections in Cardiff after Christmas
  • Whitchurch Primary School receives national recognition for health and wellbeing
  • Building positive relationships between young people across the Cardiff through football


Strike to impact some waste collections in Cardiff after Christmas

Some waste collections in Cardiff are likely to be impacted immediately after Christmas following Unite's decision to strike between Thursday, December 28, and Thursday, January 25.

Cardiff Council is putting a plan in place to maintain services and we apologise in advance to residents for any inconvenience.

During the strike we aim to run all collection services as normal, apart from hygiene. Anyone registered with the hygiene service will have their hygiene waste collected every fortnight with black bag/black bin waste.

Due to Boxing Day falling on a Tuesday, waste collections for that week will move back a day, beginning on Wednesday, December 27.

So, if your collection was due on:

  • Tuesday, December 26 - it will now happen on Wednesday, December 27.
  • Wednesday, December 27 - changes to Thursday December 28.
  • Thursday December 28 - changes to Friday December 29..
  • Friday, December 29 - changes to Saturday December 30.

Residents are asked to check waste collection updates  through the council's website  or through the Cardiff Gov app.

Strike action may cause some disruption and delays so the most up to date information will be available there.

The recycling centres at Lamby Way and Bessemer Close will remain open during usual operating hours and will not be affected by the strike action. For more information, please  visit the council's website.

During periods of strike action, the council will always prioritise the collection of food waste, general waste and recycling to ensure that food and food waste containers are taken off the streets as quickly as possible, reducing the risk of the bags being split open by birds or animals creating street litter across the city.

We intend on clearing all waste as normal through the strike period with only hygiene waste moving to a fortnightly collection with black nag and black bin waste.

Once again, we thank you for your patience and we apologise for the inconvenience this strike action may cause you over the festive period.


Whitchurch Primary School receives national recognition for health and wellbeing

Whitchurch Primary School in North Cardiff has been awarded national recognition for its work to promote health and wellbeing throughout its school community, at the very highest standard.

Assessors for the Welsh Network of the Healthy School Schemes have awarded the "Healthy Schools National Quality Award" (NQA) for demonstrating excellence in all areas of health and wellbeing, with support from Cardiff Council's Healthy Schools Team.

The Healthy Schools National Quality award is an accomplishment which focusses on the importance of pupil participation in core areas of school life, which directly affect the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The prestigious achievement requires schools to go through a rigorous process spanning at least nine years and recognises the hard work of staff, pupils and their wider school community.

Some of the highlights from the report on Whitchurch Primary School include:

  • The school has achieved the Gold Award of the Rights Respecting School and uses the Rights of The Child in virtually all aspects of school life.
  • Communication and parental engagement is an outstanding key feature with Healthy Schools news and information conveyed to all members of the school community.
  • The school environment is very welcoming and attractive, providing a stimulating, creative and safe learning environment for all learners.
  • The school benefits from wonderful school grounds, which have been developed to provide numerous outdoor learning opportunities including multiple growing beds, a pond, greenhouse, and outdoor classroom areas.
  • Pupil voice at the school is one of the strongest inspectors have seen, embodying an ethos of ownership and true partnership. Pupils are clear about what their respective roles were and each group completes an Impact and Action review each year to understand the outcomes of the work that they are undertaking.
  • The protection and promotion of good mental health and wellbeing of everyone connected with the school is evident.
  • The Senior Team and teachers have a positive attitude to embracing change and new ideas, meaning the school is constantly evolving and developing and is ready to adapt to needs as they arise, and to local issues.

Read more here


Building positive relationships between young people across the Cardiff through football

Cardiff has hosted its first inter-youth football tournament this month, bringing together more than 90 young people from youth clubs across the city.

The joint partnership project between Cardiff Youth Services, Cardiff & Vale College (CAVC) and South Wales Police, is supported by Cardiff City Football Club Foundation and aims to build positive relationships between young people who live in different areas of the city.

Teams from Gabalfa, Llanrumney, St Mellons, Powerhouse in Lanedeyrn, Eastmoors in Splott, North Ely and Caerau as well South Wales Police and Cardiff's youth workers competed in the tournament hosted at Cardiff & Vale College, Dumballs Road.

The event also provided an opportunity for Cardiff Youth Services to engage with young people, providing information, support and guidance about issues that they may face within their community.

Read more here