Cardiff Council Update: 17 September


Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: consortium appointed as Successful Bidder for Cardiff's new Indoor Arena; proposals to buy land in Llanishen; Cardiff's COVID-19 case and test numbers; vaccination totals for Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan; update on International Sports Village to accelerate completion of the development; and public have their say on the future of Willows High School.

Consortium appointed as Successful Bidder for Cardiff's new Indoor Arena

The delivery of the new 15,000-capacity Indoor Arena at Atlantic Wharf has taken another step forward today, following the completion of the Full Business Case, and a report to Cardiff Council's Cabinet to appoint the consortium of Live Nation, Oak View Group as operators and Robertson as developer - as the successful bidder.

The new indoor arena will create a premier, UK-visitor destination, which could attract one million visitors every year and bring more than £100m per annum into the local economy.

The report to cabinet seeks approval on the Full Business Case, the Development Agreement and associated legal documents to deliver the new indoor arena and to formally appoint the Consortium as the successful bidder.

Delivering a new indoor arena is widely regarded as the missing piece of city infrastructure needed to cement Cardiff's international reputation as a major events city. It has been a long-standing ambition and aspiration shared by successive council administrations, which have retained a ring-fenced budget since 2006 to help make a private-sector led proposal, supported by the council, a reality.

The Full Business Case for the project is within an ‘affordability envelope' for the project that was set out at the beginning of the procurement process.

Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, Cllr Russell Goodway, said: The city's business community have backed the project for many years, particularly the hospitality sector. The new indoor arena will be a top tier UK visitor attraction and the financial benefits that it will bring to Butetown and the wider area will be significant - with up to 2,000 jobs created during the construction phase and a further 1,000 jobs in operation when the Atlantic Wharf masterplan becomes a reality.

"Through the Atlantic Wharf masterplan, significant improvements will be made to the public realm and to transport links, and there is no doubt that the regeneration of this site will kick-start the next phase of regeneration in Cardiff Bay.

"As we always do, we are working hand in hand with private sector to get this done. The Council's aim has always been to deliver a tier one arena on a commercial basis.  The Council has agreed to raise the funding, which will be recouped through a long term lease with the operators, guaranteed by their parent companies."

Read more here:

Consortium appointed as Successful Bidder for Cardiff's new Indoor Arena (

Proposals to purchase land in Llanishen for potential future education development

Land located at Ty Glas Road in Llanishen, could be used toenable a strategic vision for a mainstream community secondary school and for special school provision,if proposals to purchase the site are progressed.

Areport to Cardiff Council's Cabinet makes recommendations to proceed with plans for a strategic investment, which in the long term could provide new opportunities for education provision in the north of the city.

If progressed, this would support quicker delivery of the Council's 21stCentury Schools and Education Programmeand help provide flexibility for secondary Education in the north of the city. Subject to consultation andplanning permission, the site could eventually help the city address;

  • increased demand for Additional Learning Needs (ALN) provision
  • suitability of the school estate to meet the demand of 21stCentury Learning
  • projected growth in education provision resulting from the Local Development Plan


Cardiff Cases and Tests - 7 Days Data (06 September - 12 September)

Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales

Data correct as of:

16 September 2021, 09:00


Cases: 1,367

Cases per 100,000 population: 372.6 (Wales: 487.6 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 9,795

Testing per 100,000 population: 2,669.6

Positive proportion: 14 % (Wales: 16.6% positive proportion)

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Status Update - 17 September

The total number of vaccination doses given by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board so far, in both local authority areas:709,653(1stDose: 370,072 2ndDose: 339,581)

  • 80 and over: 20,551 / 94.6% (1stDose) 20,321 / 93.5% (2ndDose)
  • 75-79: 15,050 / 96.3% (1stDose) 14,864 / 95.1% (2ndDose)
  • 70-74: 21,441 / 95.7% (1stDose) 21,308 / 95.1% (2ndDose)
  • 65-69: 21,957 / 94.2% (1stDose) 21,685 / 93% (2ndDose)
  • 60-64: 26,024 / 92.3% (1stDose) 25,680 / 91.1% (2ndDose)
  • 55-59: 29,369 / 90.3% (1stDose) 28,816 / 88.6% (2ndDose)
  • 50-54: 29,026 / 87.9% (1stDose) 28,319 / 85.8% (2ndDose)
  • 40-49: 55,312 / 81.6% (1stDose) 53,119 / 78.4% (2ndDose)
  • 30-39: 60,408 / 75.3% (1stDose) 56,026 / 69.9% (2ndDose)
  • 18-29: 79,464 / 76.4% (1stDose) 69,681 / 67% (2ndDose)
  • 16-17: 3,863 / 70.9% (1stDose) 280 / 5.1% (2ndDose)


  • Care home residents: 2,074 / 98.1% (1stDose) 2,047 / 96.8% (2ndDose)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable: 11,343 / 93.7% (1stDose) 11,068 / 91.5% (2ndDose)
  • Underlying Health Conditions: 46,243 / 90.1% (1stDose) 44,495 / 86.6% (2ndDose)

Data provided by CAVUHB

Based on the figures available at the time of publication. Please note that there may be minor amendments to data as it is validated over time.

Update on International Sports Village to accelerate completion of the development

More information on the development of the International Sports Village (ISV) has been revealed.

Further details on Cardiff Council's plans to create a high-quality leisure and sport destination at the site in Cardiff Bay, are explored in an update report to the local authority's Cabinet.

The report, which will be presented to Cabinet on Thursday 23 September, seeks authority to acquire the residual of the Sports Village from Greenbank Partnerships and proceed with the delivery of the wider masterplan.

The report will seek authority from Cabinet to:

                  Purchase around 10 acres of Greenbank's land at the ISV and Ice Arena Wales development to consolidate the Council's ownership at the site,

                  Bring a number of smaller housing plots to the market to accelerate the completion of the project,

                   Purchase the Ice Arena as part of the deal with Greenbank to help the Council deliver their plan to establish a leisure and sport destination at the ISV with all of the facilities under the Council's control. The facility is currently operated by the Cardiff Devils and this will continue for the foreseeable future.

The report advises that the business case for the new Velodrome is being developed and will be reported back to Cabinet in December.

Additional business plans are also being developed to relocate the Cardiff MX (motorcross) facility to ISV and for the proposed new Closed Road Cycle Circuit - both of which will be reported back to Cabinet at a future date.

Read more here:

Update on International Sports Village to accelerate completion of the development (

Public have their say on the future of Willows High School

More than 200 members of the public have had their say on proposals for a new build Willows High School during a six week public engagement which sought the views of parents, pupils, stakeholders and the local community.

The responses will be published in a report to go to Cardiff Council's Cabinet when it meets on Thursday 23, September and will influence the school's new building, its facilities, curriculum and how the school and local community could work to benefit each other. 

The majority of views were in support of the plans, with positive feedback on proposals for facilities, support for pupil aspirations through partnership working and how investment will deliver improved education and community amenities for the Adamsdown and Splott communities.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "A new home for Willows High School represents a significant investment in the local area, providing considerably improved educational facilities in a brand new school as well as excellent amenities accessible to the whole community.

"The views of local people will play an integral part in the scheme and it is promising that so many responses received have been in support of the new school development.

"The public engagement asked for views on what should be taught at the school and how it should be delivered. Responses supported a focus on collaborative working with a wide range of industry partners, allowing pupils to benefit from a rich curriculum which delivers ‘real world' learning opportunities, inspiring them and helping to develop their skills to be resilient, innovative and problem solving learners.

"The report also identifies a host of community benefits on offer including access to state-of-the art, modern facilities, ICT and integration with city partners and businesses."