Cardiff Council Update: 15 March 2022


Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering:
Hubs & Libraries website makeover boost; official launch of Cardiff's school edible playground scheme; Top civic honour for HMS Cambria - the Royal Navy's home in Wales; and coronavirus in numbers.

Hubs & Libraries website makeover boost


Cardiff Hubs and Libraries Service's website has had a makeover.

The website, which provides all the latest information on events and activities taking place at hubs and libraries across the city, as well as online sessions, has been refreshed to make it easier for customers to access information, all in one place.

New sections on the website include information about council advice services such as Into Work Advice and Money Advice, as well as the Council's new Wellbeing Support Service, which seeks to boost the health and wellbeing of the community and ease some of the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities to help as many people as possible.

Every hub and library in the city now has its own page on the site, providing information about which services and facilities are available at the venue, events, opening hours and contact details.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne said: "The Cardiff hubs website looks great after its refresh - brighter and packed full of useful information about services, activities and events in our fantastic network of hubs and libraries across the city.

"We hope customers will find the changes helpful and will encourage them to take a closer look at what's on offer in their local facility."

For information and advice on hubs and libraries services, check out the refreshed website here:


Official launch of Cardiff's school edible playground scheme


A multi-award winning programme which transforms school playgrounds into vibrant outdoor fruit and vegetable gardens, has been officially launched in Cardiff.

Cardiff Council in partnership with environmental charity Trees for Cities (TfC), has so far delivered 15 Edible Playgrounds to schools across the city with the aim of getting children excited about growing and eating healthy food, whilst providing valuable outdoor learning resources.

Hosted by Glan-yr-Afon Primary School in Llanrumney, the project was officially launched yesterday by Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, alongside TfC Chief Executive, David Elliot, and Director of Grow Cardiff, Isla Horton.

They were joined by staff and pupils from the school who performed a song especially composed for the event. 

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "In Cardiff we recognise the valuable benefits that green space has on the health and wellbeing of children and young people and we remain committed to promoting the use of outdoor space for learning and play.

"Through closely working with each school, TfC and the Council have been able to create bespoke playground designs, where food growing can be accessed across the entire school, encouraging healthier diets and good eating behaviours for the future."

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Top civic honour for HMS Cambria - the Royal Navy's home in Wales


HMS Cambria, the Royal Navy's shore-based home in Wales, is to be given the Freedom of Cardiff in recognition of its 75 years' service helping to protect the nation.

Cardiff Council is expected to approve the honour - awarded to just 62 individuals and 11 organisations since 1886 - at its meeting next Thursday. Among the military organisations to have been honoured in the past are the Welch Regiment (1944), the Royal Regiment of Wales (1969), HMS Cardiff (1988) and HMS Dragon, which was the last recipient of the honour, in 2014.

Council leader Cllr Huw Thomas said today: "HMS Cambria has made an outstanding contribution to the life of Cardiff since it was founded in Cardiff in 1947, when it was based in a former foundry on the western side of East Dock.

"In the years since, it has played a pivotal role in training and deploying Royal Naval Reservists at sea and ashore, at home and abroad."

Read more here:


Coronavirus in numbers


Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Status Update

Vaccination totals for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan:


Cardiff Cases and Tests - 7 Days Data (4 March - 10 March 2022)

Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales:!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary


Data correct as of:

14 March 2022


Cases: 1,049

Cases per 100,000 population: 285.9 (Wales: 263.3 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 3,314

Testing per 100,000 population: 903.2

Positive proportion: 31.7% (Wales: 29.8% positive proportion)