Cardiff Council Update: 2nd October

Welcome to the last update of the week from Cardiff Council, covering: Cardiff cases and tests; schools affected by COVID-19; bikes distributed as part of Cardiff's Schools Bike Fleet scheme; Dementia Friendly Cardiff website launched; a call-out to all bus companies operating in Cardiff; and Music Board warns of ‘serious consequences' of COVID-19 for future of live music in Cardiff.


Cardiff Cases and Tests - Last 7 Days Data

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

1 October 2020

Cases: 351

Cases per 100,000 population: 95.7

Testing episodes: 5,227

Testing per 100,000 population: 1,424.6

Positive proportion: 6.7%


Update on schools affected by COVID-19: Friday, 2 October

Ysgol Coed Y Gof

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Ysgol Coed Y Gof. 29 Year 4 pupils and 2 members of staff have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate

St Illtyd's Catholic High School

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at St Illtyd's Catholic High School. 202 Year 8 pupils have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days after they were identified as close contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 case. No staff members need to self-isolate due to social distancing measures in place at the school.

Cathays High School

Three positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Cathays High School. 150 Year 11 pupils and two members of staff have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days as either being a confirmed case or identifying as close contacts to a confirmed case.


660 bikes already distributed as part of Cardiff's Schools Bike Fleet scheme

A scheme to encourage children and young people to take up cycling and promote Active Travel, will see 660 bikes delivered to schools across the city by the end of the month.

The School's Bike Fleet scheme provides schools with a fleet of bikes for pupils to use in school for the delivery of cycle training.

Funded by Welsh Government, the scheme is a partnership project between Cardiff Council, Welsh Cycling and British Cycling.

Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport said: "The Schools Bike Scheme will aim to increase the number of children taking part in cycling by embedding it into school's curriculum.

"Being able to cycle safely and confidently is a life skill and promotes active travel in children and young people. This change of behavior will have a positive impact their lives and their futures, including improving physical and emotional wellbeing as well as reducing emissions for a greener environment to live in.

"This is one of many projects to help the city transform its public transport system, promote more forms of Active Travel and importantly, respond to the climate emergency as set out in Cardiff's Capital Ambition."

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "This project provides a host of positive benefits for children and young people here in Cardiff including the opportunity to engage in cycling - maybe for the first time - as well as the support and training necessary to help children develop a new skill which they will carry into adulthood.

"We know the importance of physical activity and the contributions it makes to promoting positive mental and physical health. By providing children and young people with opportunities like this, further supports Cardiff's ambition to become a UNICEF Child Friendly City, helping to make Cardiff a fantastic city to grow up in."

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New Dementia Friendly Cardiff website launches

A new website to provide information and advice for people with dementia and their families in Cardiff has been launched today.

The Dementia Friendly Cardiff website will be ‘one-stop shop' of valuable information about services and support in the city to assist people living with dementia to live well in the capital.

Dementia Friendly Cardiff is a partnership between Cardiff Council, Alzheimer's Society Cymru and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, that over recent years has been working towards making Cardiff a more dementia-friendly community.

Developed in consultation with partners, businesses and those living with dementia and their families, the accessible website provides localised information on support available in the city from organisations such as Alzheimer's Society Cymru, the Memory Clinic, Public Health Wales and Carers Wales as well as services such as the council's Independent Living Services, Meals on Wheels and Telecare.

The site will also include details of dementia-friendly events, initially on digital platforms at this current time, but physical events at a later date when appropriate.

Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said: "Cardiff has been on a journey over recent years looking at how we can deliver services that are dementia friendly, how our buildings can be more accessible to people living with dementia, and how we can encourage partners and local businesses to make the small changes that can mean a big difference to someone living with dementia.

"There is expected to be 7,000 people in Cardiff living with dementia by 2025 and it is essential that the city is geared up not only to support them, but their families and carers. We are fully committed to this work, which forms a key part of our Capital Ambition for the city."

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Call-out to all bus companies operating in Cardiff

Bus operators in Cardiff are being invited to bid for funding to retrofit older buses within their fleets with approved technology designed to reduce harmful emissions and to reduce air pollution in the city.

Up to 80% of the cost of any works would be covered by the new scheme which is being run by Cardiff Council as part of our Clean Air Plan which is funded by Welsh Government.

The proposed scheme is aimed at improving air quality in Cardiff and follows a legal challenge made by Client Earth on the Welsh Government. The challenge legally forces the Council to take action to reduce pollution levels to a legal limit in the shortest possible time on Castle Street, which was breaching legal EU limits for NO2 levels before its temporary closure to support hospitality businesses during the COVID pandemic.

The Council has successfully been awarded £21m to bring in a variety of measures to reduce emissions and improve air quality in Cardiff. This includes re-modelling roads in the city centre to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, the introduction of electric buses in Cardiff, the bus retrofit scheme, and ongoing work with the taxi trade to see what measures might be introduced to reduce emissions from their vehicles.

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Music board warns of ‘serious consequences' of Covid-19 for future of live music in Cardiff

Cardiff Music Board has issued a warning of ‘serious consequences' for the future of live music in Cardiff if additional funds are not made available by central Government.

The Music Board, which was set up in partnership with Sound Diplomacy, the global leaders of the music city movement, in the wake of the Save Womanby Street campaign, is made up of representatives from across the music sector.

Chair of the Cardiff Music Board, Cardiff Council Leader, Cllr Huw Thomas said: "While we appreciate the support already provided by Welsh Government, the scale of the issues facing the live music sector are massive. Venues are willing to play their part in stopping the spread of Covid-19 but with live music events still not permitted in Wales, new rules limiting opening hours and the forthcoming end to the UK Government furlough scheme there is a very real risk some live music venues, and the jobs they support could disappear, with serious consequences for the city's economy, opportunities for talent, and for future of live music in Cardiff."

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