Cardiff Council Update: 10 December


Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: Cardiff's COVID-19 case and test numbers; a new pilot recycling scheme for 4,000 properties in the city; cases reported in Cardiff's schools in the last seven days; vaccination totals for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan; the public feedback on the Greener, Fairer, Stronger strategy; a new empty homes policy for private sector housing, and an update on the Western Gateway partnership.


Cardiff Cases and Test - 7-day Data (29 November - 5 December)


Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales


Data correct as of:

9 December 2021, 09:00


Cases: 1,735

Cases per 100,000 population: 472.9 (Wales:  504.6 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 10,349

Testing per 100,000 population: 2,820.6

Positive proportion: 16.8%(Wales: 16.8%positive proportion)


COVID-19 Cases reported in Cardiff's schools in the last 7 days (03/12/21 to 09/12/21)

Total number reported = 432

  • Pupils and students = 366
  • Staff, including teaching staff = 66


Based on latest figures, there are just under 57,000 pupils and students enrolled at Cardiff's schools in total.


Strategy and pilot scheme to boost Cardiff's recycling rate revealed


Four thousand homes across Cardiff could take part in a pilot scheme to test ways in which recycling rates across the city might be improved.

The scheme is part of a review of waste collections in Wales' capital designed to hit Welsh Government recycling targets by 2025 and to make Cardiff one of the greenest and cleanest cities in the UK.

Cardiff is currently the leading, major regional city in the UK for recycling. On average since 2018, 58% of waste produced in the city is recycled or composted. However, Welsh Government has tasked Cardiff with increasing this rate to 64% as quickly as possible and to 70% by 2025.

Cardiff Council's Cabinet will consider a number of proposals designed to improve recycling rates when it meets on Thursday December 16th. These include:

  • Trialling a new three-stream waste collection pilot for 4,000 properties in four wards across the city. Residents in the pilot areas will be given a blue, reusable sack for paper and card (fibres), a red, reusable sack for metals and plastic, and a blue caddy for bottles and jars;
  • A range of measures to help improve recycling, including opportunities to recycle at local hubs and pop up recycling centres;
  • Stopping in 2022 the distribution of red-striped bags for general waste to residents in the city who don't use council-provided black bins. Households in these red-striped bag areas will be allowed to present up to three bin bags for collection; and
  • Continuing with the pre-booking system at the council's recycling centres at Lamby Way and Bessemer Close which proved a major success during the pandemic;


Read more here:Strategy and pilot scheme to boost Cardiff's recycling rate revealed (


Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Statue Update - 10 December

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.

The total number of vaccination doses given by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board so far, in both local authority areas:901,731(1stDose: 388,682 2ndDose: 353,314 3rdDose: 6,377 Boosters: 153,309)

Cohort Data - Last updated: 10 December


*Those who have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, with the exception of those who are severely immunosuppressed who are recommended three doses

**Data taken from an alternative source

Building a Greener, Fairer and Stronger Cardiff in a post COVID world

The views of Cardiff residents, businesspeople and city stakeholders have all been fed into a report on how Cardiff should set about successfully recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Greener, Fairer, Stronger recovery and renewal strategy was commissioned by Cardiff Council earlier this year and has been out for consultation since June. A series of engagement events took place from June to October, including several child-friendly events to gather the opinions of young people alongside those of residents, business, the cultural sector and other stakeholders. A survey also produced over a thousand responses.

World-leading expert on cities, Dr Tim Williams, played a key part in helping to compile the report in preparation for consultation. Dr Williams, who has 20-years-experience working nationally and internationally developing urban and city management policies for major metropolises like London and Sydney, says Cardiff is well-positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities a post-Covid landscape will bring.

Writing back in June, in the Taking Cardiff Forward After COVID-19 report, Dr Williams, said: "Cardiff entered this global crisis in good shape and it can emerge, with the right spirit, strategy, collaborations and innovation, even stronger. In so doing it can provide even more benefits for both its own community and that of the City Region. Cardiff can succeed after Covid, delivering a better standard of life for its residents alongside an economic programme for a ‘green' and technology-based recovery.

"There's an opportunity, galvanised by Covid-19, for Cardiff to become an exemplar for a city of its size. Building on its established and continuing strengths, the ambition it has to succeed, the skills and imagination of its people and the leadership it has already shown, Cardiff will not just ‘bounce-back' - of that there is no doubt - it will ‘bounce-forward." 

The report was commissioned by Cardiff Council specifically to challenge the authority and to sharpen its own strategies and interventions for a successful post-pandemic recovery. Now, following consultation with the public, Cardiff Council's Cabinet is being recommended to accept the report at its next meeting on Thursday, December 16.

Read more here:Building a Greener, Fairer and Stronger Cardiff in a post- COVID world (

Bringing Cardiff's empty homes back into use

Cardiff Council has revealed its plans to help bring Cardiff's privately-owned, empty homes back into use.

Right now there are 1,355 privately-owned, empty homes in the city and the council wants to see as many of them as possible back in use, offering much-needed housing.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne said: "It is commonly accepted that long-term empty homes are a wasted resource. This is a matter which has been thrown into sharper focus by the pandemic and the housing crisis.

"Empty properties can attract squatting, vandalism, drug abuse, anti-social behaviour, arson, rodents. They can cause damage to neighbouring homes and if properties remain empty, the inevitable deterioration has an impact on neighbours and blights communities.

"While Cardiff has seen a decrease in long-term empty dwellings down from 1,568 in 2018/19 to 1,355 now, it's clear that we need a focus and some fresh policies which can help get these properties back in use, housing people and families.

"Working with Welsh Government we have developed an Empty Homes Policy and Action Plan which outlines the assistance that can be offered to owners to encourage them to bring properties - which have been empty for longer than six months - back into use. This policy also sets out the enforcement tools that are available where advice and assistance fails."

Read more here:Bringing Cardiff's empty homes back into use ( 

Western Gateway recovery plans to focus on Tidal energy and high-speed rail links

Investigating the full potential of tidal energy from the Severn Estuary and improving high-speed rail links on the Great Western Mainline are just two of the key issues which will be at the forefront of the agenda for the Western Gateway in the New Year.

The Gateway - a cross-border economic partnership covering South Wales and the West of England - will focus on major investment opportunities for the region, according to a new report to Cardiff Council's Cabinet.

The Gateway - which serves as a counterpoint to the Northern Powerhouse and the Midland's Engine - was set up to secure significant levels of Government funding and investment in order to boost job creation and the economy.

The partnership currently includes the core cities of Cardiff and Bristol, the key cities of Newport, Swansea, Bath and Gloucester, and stretches across South Wales and the West of England from Swindon to Swansea, Wiltshire and Weston-Super-Mare to Tewkesbury.

In an update report to Cardiff Council's Cabinet, it is revealed that the Western Gateway is planning to focus on the following four areas in 2022:

Read more here:Western Gateway's recovery plans to focus on Tidal energy and high-speed rail links (