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Aldi get the go-ahead for store in Heath

Aldi UK was successful in gaining planning permission for Cardiff Council to build a new supermarket on the former garage & Electrocoin site on Caerphilly Road & work has now commenced on the site.

Fenella said ‘There has been controversy about the siting of another supermarket in this area of Heath, and which could potentially impact the viability of smaller shops in the locality.  But local residents were supportive of the development, even though there will be a loss of parking spaces for Caerphilly Road residents, and increased traffic in this very busy stretch of road.’

HB Independents will be keeping residents updated as the development progresses.

Lane clearance – at last !

We have been campaigning for lanes in our Ward to be thoroughly cleansed to remove flytipping, litter, and dog poo bags.  And we are delighted to say that the lane between Pantbach Road & Grove Place has now been cleansed.

The lane has now been thoroughly cleansed by Cardiff Council & the mulch-type debris on the pathways has been  removed.  We shall also be getting a bin in Grove Place to stop the litter building up and to  enable dog walkers to dispose of any dog poo bags safely rather than dumping them in the lanes, or decorating trees with them.

Fenella said ‘It has been disappointing to see that the lane is filling up again with dog poo bags & discarded rubbish, but we hope that the bin will help with this’.

Now we just need the lane from Kyle Crescent to Cae Gywn Road cleansed…..

Working with local residents!

It has been a privilege to serve the residents across Heath & Birchgrove over the past 9 years, including these amazing residents for whom Fenella has worked hard to get improvements to their housing complex.

Fenella said ‘It has been an absolute joy to work with residents and to see what can be done by representing their needs & achieving results for them.

In this particular instance, I worked with the residents over a period of some 4 years to get improvements to their housing complex including : new windows; new fascias; new disabled-friendly external doors; new heating; new bathrooms; and, soon to come, new carpets.  The determination of these residents was phenomenal and the outcome was a tribute to hard work & perseverance.’



New Inn Licensing Review – Outcome

The review of the license for the New Inn was heard by the Council’s Licensing Committee today during which Fenella made representations on behalf of local residents.

The Decision of the Licensing Committee was that the licence for the New Inn would remain unchanged. The Committee accepted that there have been problems with the New Inn historically, but acknowledged the appointment of a new Licensee and the more robust style of management. Punch Taverns were reminded by the Chair of Licensing that they must liaise with local residents and commented also that the Committee take note of all Reviews.

This has always been a sensitive application for Review, but local residents used this opportunity to  come together as a local community &  to make their voices heard. This has been very important as it has caused Punch Taverns to make changes to their original planning proposals for the New Inn; and to them understanding the need to work with local residents. The lawyer for Punch Taverns apologised unreservedly for the mistakes that were made with the planning application that was made at the end of last year. He also made it clear that the Review of the Licence had prompted Punch Taverns to improve the way in which the pub would be managed.

We shall, of course, continue to support local residents to the best of our ability.

Lane clearances are coming!

We have been campaigning for lanes in our Ward to be thoroughly cleansed to remove flytipping, litter, and dog poo bags.

Fenella said ‘The lanes between Cae Gwyn Road & Kyle Crescent, and between Pantbach Road & Grove Place are in a dreadful state.   We have tried our best to litterpick as much as we can with local residents but the scale of the problem is too big now’.

The lanes will now be thoroughly cleansed by Cardiff Council & the mulch-type debris on the pathways will be removed.  We shall also be getting a bin in Grove Place to stop the litter building up and to  enable dog walkers to dispose of any dog poo bags safely rather than dumping them in the lanes, or decorating trees with them.



20 mph zone coming to Birchgrove Road!

Cllr Fenella Bowden & the Independent team are pleased that the 20mph zone has finally been installed  Birchgrove Road – almost 12 months after being approved.

Fenella said ‘We have been campaigning for this scheme for years & the Council has continuously refused to support one.  In  November 2016, I was told by the Cabinet Member for Highways that the road did not justify a scheme. But whatever the motive behind the change of heart, I am delighted that children will gain more safeguarding in this  busy road. The scheme is not as all-encompassing as that which was installed for Ton yr Ywen School, but it is a start. Now we need to see how effective the scheme is.’


The HBI team has campaigned hard to make the Birchgrove area safe.

What have been Fenella’s achievements over the past 5 years?

Fenella was recently asked to complete a survey for which asked her about the changes in Heath Ward over the past 5 years, & what she regarded as her 3 main achievements.  Here is what she said:

Councillor Survey: Fenella Bowden

What are the biggest changes in your ward over the last 5 years?

A significant increase in traffic coming through the Ward; the increase in UHW parking around Heath & the increase in the number of services being brought into UHW; less cleansing of the roads; less maintenance of roads & pavements; changes to the sizes of black bins & reduced collection of both black & green bins; more fly-tipping & litter; increased pressure for school places for local children; lack of investment in Heath Park; the planned closure of Wedal Road HWRC; the installation of more bus lanes which have caused even more problems; and councillors now being more accessible to their residents through social media.

Describe three achievements that you were instrumental in implementing and that benefited the community.

Working with residents to oppose the opening of a Tesco store on the former Majestic site in Birchgrove Road.

Working with volunteers to enable the transfer of the Maes y Coed Community Centre from Council ownership into the voluntary sector under Community Asset Transfer. The journey began in 2010 & was finally completed in 2016.

Resolving issues which mattered to residents whether they be large or small. These include supporting residents with: social housing problems ; social services needs; school admissions; getting waste management issues resolved; highways problems; parking problems; fighting to keep Wedal Road HWRC open; campaigning for a Park & Ride in Cardiff North; campaigning for a 20mph zone in Birchgrove Road (and to have the railings restored); calling for better security for the derelict site on Caerphilly Road to be demolished & secured; and simply being available to help wherever I can.

Parking restrictions coming to Heathmead

We are delighted to hear that Cardiff Council is finally to install a scheme to protect non-residents abusing the parking spaces within the sheltered housing area of Heathmead. This has lead to residents & their visitors/carers being unable to park near their homes.

Fenella said ‘This issue was brought to my attention by Jane Reece and I am pleased that the Council has taken action to address the problem.’

The scheme will involve CCTV cameras; new formal signage; and a ‘parking permit’ type scheme which the Warden will organise for residents. to work alongside the Council scheme.  The scheme will be trialled for 6 months and if problems persist, the the problem will be revisited.

Jane Reece said ‘This is going to make such a difference to parking in Heathmead & I shall be monitoring it very closely, and getting feedback from local residents’.


Campaigning for site demolition

Fenella Bowden & the HBI team remain appalled by the lack of security around the derelict site alongside Phoenix Way & Caerphilly Road. In spite of recent, and poor, attempts to secure the site, access routes can clearly be seen.

This has been a long-standing problem for residents in Birchgrove, who are witnessing anti-social behaviour at this location on a daily basis. Reports of entry to the site by youngsters as young as 9 or 10yrs old is a huge concern as the sites are unsafe.

Fenella said ‘I have been battling with the Council and the landowners for years to get this site made safe & secure.  It’s in an appalling state with shattered glass, huge amounts of litter & flytipping, and daily anti-social behaviour.  I have challenged the Council to use its powers under the Town & Country Act s215 to force the landowners to demolish the site, secure it, and patrol it. But the Council is claiming it is a long process so is not bothering.  It’s shameful.’

Steve Bowden added ‘ This site is an eyesore.  We have tried to litterpick as much as we can, but we cannot be sure what we may find.  The Council refuses to help with the litter & flytipping, saying that the land is not adopted.  So just who is going to clear it?  We now appear to have some dumped cars on the unadopted road, too.’


This site is a PACT priority for Birchgrove.


What would you like to see in Heath Park?

Fenella, Steve, and Jane want to hear from residents about what they would like to see in Heath Park.

Steve Bowden said ‘Heath Park has lost the outdoor gyym equipment as the Council deemed it unsafe, and cannot afford to replace it.  The golf course franchise is still not open and there is no toilet or refreshment facilities’

Jane Reece added ‘Other parks in the city are receiving investment, and we think that Heath Park is getting left behind.  There is very little to entertain young people here at the moment’.

Fenella commented ‘We have already had some very interesting suggestions and I am following these up with Parks Department to see if they could be accommodated. We are very aware of the budget constraints but we do think that there is capacity for sponsorship or grant funding for our park’.