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I am concerned about the inadequate travel arrangements for secondary school pupils living in Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn who attend Llanishen High School.

When the Lib Dem administration decided to close Llanedeyrn High School, they refused to allow Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn pupils to be considered for Cardiff High School, the nearest alternative English medium County School, which is within walking distance of most Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn residents. Instead they were directed to go to Llanishen High School.

At the time a concession was made to lay on dedicated free transport for a transitional period. This free bus service ended in July 2016 and the Education Service currently charge £350 per pupil for 39 weeks a year for this dedicated bus service. This is not a cost that can be recovered from either in-work or out of work benefits so nearly £10 a week per pupil is a very high cost for unemployed and low income families, particularly if they are having to pay for more than one child. 

I am campaigning for a fairer, affordable system for all pupils to be able to travel to school in the easiest, most sustainable way.

If you are affected by this school transport problem and live in Cardiff Central, please get in touch by Jenny.Rathbone@assembly.wales, or calling 02920 256 255.

Are you and your children affected by inadequate school transport?

  I am concerned about the inadequate travel arrangements for secondary school pupils living in Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn who attend Llanishen High School. When the Lib Dem administration decided to...

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Jenny Rathbone AM Supports Launch of MASIC in Wales

The MASIC (Mothers with Anal Sphincter Injuries in Childbirth) Foundation was launched in Wales on Tuesday the 26th September at the National Assembly for Wales.

Over 50 people attended the launch, including patients, health campaigners and clinicians from across five health boards. The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being, and Sport, Vaughan Gething, also attended. 

The MASIC Foundation is a registered charity which supports mothers who experience anal sphincter injuries during childbirth, which can often result in bowel incontinence. Latest statistics suggest that over 10% of women having a baby vaginally may suffer some form of bowel incontinence.

The evening, hosted by Jenny Rathbone, included presentations by Dr. Julie Cornish, a consultant and colorectal surgeon at Cwm Taf UHB, Professor Michael Keighley, President of the MASIC Foundation, and Simon Emery, consultant and uro-gynaecologist at ABMUHB. Testimonies from those affected were also be heard, in order to consider how the medical profession could help improve outcomes and change healthcare policy to reduce the impact of birth injuries on the health of mothers.

Jenny Rathbone said:

“In the last ten years, the numbers of women disabled by third and fourth degree tears during labour as increased three-fold. We need to raise awareness of the issue in order to stop mothers suffering in silence.”

Baroness Cumberlege CBE (Head of the National Maternity Review and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health from 1992 to 1997) said:

"The MASIC Foundation aims to reduce the incidence of birth injury as well as help new mothers who are suffering from its symptoms which are too often hidden from society. These issues are crucial to the future wellbeing of these women and their families."

Jenny Rathbone Supports Launch of MASIC in Wales

Jenny Rathbone AM Supports Launch of MASIC in Wales The MASIC (Mothers with Anal Sphincter Injuries in Childbirth) Foundation was launched in Wales on Tuesday the 26th September at the...

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Ahead of the 'Live Music Protection in Wales' debate in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday 12th July, Julie Morgan AM and I took the Welsh Government Minister responsible, Lesley Griffiths, to meet the Save Womanby Campaigners.

Womanby Street is part of what makes Cardiff such a great cultural city, and it must be protected. I am really pleased that Lesley Griffiths has acted so quickly. I was delighted to be able to show the Cabinet Secretary what this change in policy would mean for Womanby Street and its campaigners. Planning is a devolved issue, so it's a good example of how devolved Government can get issues addressed in a timely fashion.

Lesley Griffiths said:
"I'm very pleased to meet the campaigners today and they've impressed upon me how important Womanby Street is to the Capital City of Wales. I have asked my officials to revise Planning Policy Wales to ensure that the Agent of Change principle is explicitly referenced, and have written to all local authorities to inform them of the changes."

Under the Agent of Change principle, if new developments are to be introduced near a pre-existing business, such as live music venues, it is the developer's responsibility to ensure that solutions to address and mitigate the noise are put forward.

On May 19th, Lesley Griffiths responded to the AMs and agreed to amend Planning Guidance to include the  'Agent of Change' principle into updated national planning policy. The Minister also confirmed that Planning Policy Wales will be updated to allow the designation of areas of cultural significance for music within Local Development Plans (LDP).

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My meeting with Womanby Street Campaigners, Julie Morgan AM and Lesley Griffiths

Ahead of the 'Live Music Protection in Wales' debate in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday 12th July, Julie Morgan AM and I took the Welsh Government Minister responsible, Lesley Griffiths,...

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The New Powerhouse Hub - Opening Monday 31st July!

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I am alarmed at hearing the announcement that jobs will be lost as a result of Tesco ‘s intention to close Tesco House in Llanishen.

Tesco has confirmed that 1,200 jobs will go at the call centre, while 200 jobs will be moved to the Dundee site. No consultation was made with staff, which is a disgrace coming from one of the largest and most profitable companies in the UK. For Tesco to simply walk away from their responsibilities is unacceptable.

I met with Tesco on Friday, along with my colleagues Julie Morgan AM and Anna McMorrin MP, in order to express our concerns. We also met with staff who made it clear that Tesco had not properly prepared them for the announcement of the closure of Tesco House.

There seems little possibility of Tesco changing its mind during the consultation period, and therefore I want to make sure that as soon as possible everyone is given individual tailored career advice based on their personal circumstances and career interests.

I have raised this issue in the Senedd and am pleased to hear that Ken Skates, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, has agreed to get involved as this will help with advice and re-training to all those affected.

Such a large loss of jobs will have a wider impact on Cardiff, and the South Wales economy, and it is irresponsible for such a large and powerful company like Tesco to simply try and walk away.

If you are affected and live in Cardiff Central, please get in touch my emailing Jenny.Rathbone@assembly.wales or call me on 02920 256 255.

Jenny

The closure of Tesco House and my concerns

I am alarmed at hearing the announcement that jobs will be lost as a result of Tesco ‘s intention to close Tesco House in Llanishen. Tesco has confirmed that 1,200 jobs will go...

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Funeral of former First Minister Rhodri MorganRhodri_Morgan.pngThe funeral ceremony to celebrate the life of Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan is at 11.00 on Wednesday, 31 May at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

 

The ceremony will be conducted by humanist celebrant Lorraine Barrett and the public are invited to attend. A full order of service will be announced in the coming days.

 

Following the funeral ceremony at the Senedd there will be a service of committal at the Wenallt chapel, Thornhill Crematorium the following day on Thursday 1st June at 14.00.  Again, all are welcome.

 

People wishing to attend the funeral ceremony at the Senedd are advised to arrive early to allow for security checks to be carried out. The Senedd will be open from 9.30. Space in the building will be limited, however, the service will also be relayed outside via speakers and on Senedd.TV

 

Due to the Champions League finals taking place in Cardiff, extra security measures around the Senedd are in place and may cause delays with traffic and access.

 

Parking in Cardiff Bay is available at Mermaid Quay, the Red Dragon Centre, the Havannah Street car park and the Pierhead Street car park.

 

A book of condolence will remain open at the Senedd for people to pay their own personal tributes to the former First Minister, who died last week aged 77.

 

Funeral of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan

Funeral of former First Minister Rhodri MorganThe funeral ceremony to celebrate the life of Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan is at 11.00 on Wednesday, 31 May at the Senedd in Cardiff...

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Dear Planning Team,

PLANNING APPLICATION REF: 17/00361/MJR | DEMOLITION OF EXISTING COMMERCIAL UNIT & ERECTION OF NEW BUILD DEVELOPMENT TO FORM A3 COMMERCIAL TO GROUND & LOWER GROUND & 6 FLATS OVER | 9 WOMANBY STREET, CITY CENTRE, CARDIFF, CF10 1BR

Please note this is a joint submission.

We are writing to you to object to the planning application (REF: 17/00361/MJR) on behalf of constituents in Cardiff Central and Cardiff North who have contacted us to express their concerns.

Our objection to the planning application is for the following reasons:

  1. Welsh Government Planning Policy guidance on noise:

The Welsh Government’s national planning policy, Planning Policy Wales (Edition 9, November 2016)[1], states that noise is a material consideration in terms of granting planning permission. Para 13.15.1 states that:

“Noise can be a material planning consideration, for example in proposals to use or develop land near an existing source of noise or where a proposed new development is likely to generate noise. Local planning authorities should make a careful assessment of likely noise levels and have regard to any relevant Noise Action Plan before determining such planning applications and in some circumstances it will be necessary for a technical noise assessment to be provided by the developer.”

In addition, Welsh Government Technical Advice Note 11[2] provides further advice around noise and the planning system. It states:

“Noise-sensitive development 

10. Local planning authorities should consider whether proposals for new noise-sensitive development would be incompatible with existing activities, taking into account the likely level of noise exposure at the time of the application and any increase that may reasonably be expected in the foreseeable future. Such development should not normally be permitted in areas which are, or are expected to become, subject to unacceptably high levels of noise and should not normally be permitted where high levels of noise will continue throughout the night.”

Womanby Street is home to a number of vibrant live music venues including the renowned Clwb Ifor Bach, Fuel Rock Club, Bootlegger, and the annual Swn live music festival. The street is part of what makes Cardiff such a great cultural city.

The proposed development, which includes 6 residential flats, is situated right next to Clwb Ifor Bach, “an existing source of noise,” and in a street that host regular music festivals. This means that noise is very much a material planning consideration in this matter, and the proposed residential development is “incompatible with existing activities.” It should not be permitted in Womanby Street, an area which is “subject to unacceptably high levels of noise” throughout the evening, as per Welsh Government Technical Advice Note 11.

  1. Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP)

Situating a proposed development that includes 6 noise-sensitive residential flats in Womanby Street is not compatible with Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan. The LDP states:

5.181. Noise can have a harmful impact on people’s health and quality of life. Developments such as housing, schools and hospitals can be particularly sensitive to noise, as can areas of landscape, nature or built heritage importance. Where possible, new developments that are particularly noise-sensitive should be located away from existing or proposed sources of significant noise. This assessment can be informed by information on noise complaints being collated by the Council as part of an on-going initiative to reduce noise nuisance.

  1. Economic viability of music venues in Cardiff City Centre

Cardiff lost The Point, which was a great small music venue in the Bay, as a result of complaints about noise from nearby residential accommodation that was developed after the Point was established. The impact of recent residential developments on established music venues in Charles Street also demonstrates how planning permission for residential developments conflicts with the economic viability of music venues for the night time economy in Cardiff City Centre.

A recent survey by UK Music identified a total direct and indirect spend of £52 million generated in Cardiff from music tourism in 2015, with a total of 741 full time jobs generated from the same. 

It is important that Cardiff residents, and visitors to our capital city, have the opportunity to hear live music in all types of venues including small, intimate places such as Clwb Ifor Bach. It would be a real blow to musicians and music fans in and around our capital city if our Womanby Street music venues were to suffer the same fate as the Point in Cardiff Bay, and music venues in Charles Street.

Taking into account existing Welsh Government Planning Policy’s guidance on noise, Cardiff Council’s own LDP guidance, and the impact on the night time cultural economy in Cardiff City Centre, the proposed planning application should be rejected.

Yours Sincerely,

Jenny Rathbone AM and Julie Morgan AM

 

My Objection Letter to the Womanby Street Planning Application

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Two Cardiff AMs are calling on the Welsh Government to change planning laws in Wales to protect the future of live music venues in the centre of Cardiff in support of the ‘Save Womanby Street’ campaign.

 

Music fans say the future of the venues could be in doubt as a result of planning permission given for hotel and residential  properties on the street.

 

Responding to fears from constituents over the future of Womanby Street in the city centre,  home to the renowned Clwb Ifor Bach music venue, The Full Moon, Fuel Rock Club, Bootlegger, and the annual Swn live music festival, Jenny Rathbone AM for Cardiff Central, and Julie Morgan AM for Cardiff North are calling for the Welsh Government to amend planning laws in Wales to include the ‘agent of change’ principle.  

 

Jenny Rathbone, AM for Cardiff Central said: “Womanby Street is part of what makes Cardiff such a great cultural city, and it must be protected.

 

“Welsh Government needs to change the planning laws in Wales to include the ‘agent of change’ principle to protect existing music venues from bearing the cost of soundproofing or changing their opening hours – which are often enough to put them out of business. Planning is a devolved issue, so this is within the Welsh Government’s gift.

 

“Julie Morgan and I will be writing to the relevant Welsh Minister to call for the introduction of the ‘agent of change’ principle to Welsh planning laws.”

 

Julie Morgan, AM for Cardiff North, said: “I have been asked by constituents to raise this issue in the Assembly and I feel it is important that Cardiff residents – and visitors to our capital city – have the opportunity to hear live music in all types of venues including small, intimate places such as Clwb Ifor Bach which has played host to some big name bands on their rise to fame.

 

“We would like to see Womanby Street, which is home to some of the best live music in Cardiff, protected in the Council’s Local Development Plan as an area vital to the cultural night-time economy of our city.

 

“Cardiff has already lost The Point, which was an atmospheric small music venue, as a result of residential accommodation being developed around it. It would be a real blow to musicians and music fans in and around our capital city if Clwb Ifor and the other venues on the street were to go the same way.”

 

Change planning laws call by Cardiff AMs to save city centre live music

    Two Cardiff AMs are calling on the Welsh Government to change planning laws in Wales to protect the future of live music venues in the centre of Cardiff...

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On Friday, I attended the Cardiff Labour Manifesto Launch for the 2017 City Council Elections. It was great to meet and catch up with all our fantastic local candidates, who are working hard to represent their communities.

Since 2012, a Labour run council has achieved a fantastic amount in Education, Housing, Development, Transport, and much more, including:

  • Cardiff being the third most improved council in Wales
  • Pupil outcomes are now above the Welsh average at every key stage
  • The number of young people Not in Employment, Education, or Training has halved
  • In 2015/2016 Cardiff Social Services were the most improved in Wales
  • The new city centre Transport Interchange is being designed by world leading architects
  • The £57m first phase of the Eastern Bay Link is now under construction
  • 98% of all reported fly tipping is being collected within 5 days

 

Cardiff Labour wants a city that works for you. Their manifesto promises:

  • Better paid jobs and a fairer local economy
  • Affordable housing and to tackle homelessness
  • An active travel city
  • Step up plans to give all young people the skills they need to succeed in life
  • Protection for libraries and parks

To read the full manifesto, please click below:

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Cardiff Labour Manifesto Launch

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Spring has arrived so it's great to see volunteers in Llanedeyrn getting stuck into growing their own at Ysgol y Berllan Deg. With the help of my community liaison officer, Martin Gower, parents and grandparents have begun preparing the beds for planting.

This will allow the school to grow their own fruit and veg. Gardens are a great sustainable resource and a great learning tool across all areas of the curriculum. It’s not just science, literacy and numeracy. Where does food come from? (Geography) What do I need to keep me healthy? (PSE) Learning outdoors promotes good behaviour and increases confidence.

I can't wait for summer to see the results of everyone’s efforts.

This initiative is one of many projects I want to support across Cardiff Central. If you would like to get involved please get in touch at Jenny.Rathbone@assembly.wales, I'd love to hear from you.

Community Development in Llanedeyrn

  Spring has arrived so it's great to see volunteers in Llanedeyrn getting stuck into growing their own at Ysgol y Berllan Deg. With the help of my community liaison...

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Jenny Rathbone | Assembly Member for Cardiff Central

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