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Cardiff’s recovery blueprint targets city centre

Words: Roger Milne
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Cardiff Council has begun consulting on its post-Covid-19 recovery and renewal strategy for the capital.

It has published a report that highlights the need to make the city centre more attractive, reinforcing Cardiff’s status as a major events city and improving its “liveability” by ensuring that it enjoys cleaner air, high-quality public spaces and green areas and improved public transport.

The council says it will reclaim the streets for people, with more shared space, greater flexibility in how that space is used, and a focus on placemaking.

Its report stresses that the city centre’s long-term future must include measures to reactivate the night-time economy, improve the cultural offer, animate public spaces and diversify public transport options.

This strategy should also accelerate the Canal Quarter development and explore proposals to develop a network of new squares, green streets and public spaces at St Mary St south, Greyfriars Road, Park Place and Metro Central south.

Other measures to be canvassed include bringing forward a new metro link between the Central Station and Cardiff Bay and completing the cycle loop around the city centre to connect up each of the key city cycleways.

As well as renewing the city centre and delivering major new developments, the strategy includes a focus on making Cardiff a “city of villages” based on the existing network of successful local and district centres.

The council says it will develop local areas with better and safer access by bike or foot to amenities and jobs on their doorstep, and with quick access also to the city centre.

“This fits with a hub-and-spoke approach to cities which may become more attractive after Covid-19, with more appetite for split-working between local centres and the central business district,” notes the report.

It adds: “Achieving a city of villages with integrated transport and land use also requires a strong regeneration and economic development capacity which should be invested in as part of the establishment of ‘place infrastructure compact’-style arrangements between the public and private sectors.”

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