Cardiff Council Update: 29 July 2022

Welcome to our latest update, covering: Cardiff to benefit from new £750k Safer Streets initiatives; Cardiff primary school made ‘impressive progress', says Estyn; and can you pledge to help get Cardiff buzzing?


Cardiff to benefit from new £750k Safer Streets initiatives

Cardiff Community Safety Partnership has been awarded £750,000 of Home Office funding to deliver a series of initiatives primarily aimed at keeping women safe in the city centre and some residential areas of Cathays.

The partnership, made up of organisations including Cardiff Council, South Wales Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner and other key statutory and third sector partners, came together to develop a bid which builds on existing initiatives and delivers new approaches to address women's safety, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour.

Among the initiatives to be funded through the successful bid are:

  • Expanding the South Wales Police Safety Bus project supporting vulnerable people in the night-time economy
  • Street Help points - intercoms at three key locations providing residents who feel threatened or unsafe direct access to the police and emergency workers
  • New street-based CCTV cameras in city locations, including Bute Park
  • Updated lighting in targeted underpasses
  • Supporting the delivery of a Cardiff Women's Safety Charter and expanding the number of ‘Safe Places' in the city where people can seek help and refuge if they feel threatened or intimidated


Cllr Lynda Thorne, the council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said she was delighted that Cardiff's bid for the latest round of Safer Streets funding had been successful. "This achievement has been down to the bid development group - key people from council agencies, the police, British Transport Police, FOR Cardiff [group representing 750 city businesses] and Cardiff's Third Sector Council, made up of charities and volunteer groups.

"Together, they elected to focus on women's safety and anti-social behaviour issues in the night-time economy and routes home. Links were then made with Cardiff Women's Aid, our universities and other groups with strong links to the community.

"Through all these initiatives, some new and some already in progress, we aim to make Cardiff one of the safest cities in the UK for people in which to socialise, work and travel around without feeling threatened or harassed."

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Cardiff primary school made ‘impressive progress', says Estyn

Pupils at Bryn Celyn Primary School in Pentwyn have been praised by Estyn, the education inspectors in Wales, for making impressive progress in their learning this year - despite the pandemic.

The inspection, carried out in May, said the school gave its pupils a "strong start in life" and found that teachers, staff and governors worked effectively in partnership with parents, the community and Cardiff Council to help pupils develop the skills and values they need to be successful throughout their lives.

It found the school, which has 193 pupils, of whom 74% are eligible for free school meals and almost a third do not have English as their main language, has strong leadership with the head working with a dedicated team of teachers and support staff.

"Most pupils are eager to learn, behave very well, show a high level of respect for their peers and adults in the school and have clear views about what they want to achieve," said the report. "They work hard in school, persevering to meet the challenges their teacher set them... the relationship between staff and pupils is exemplary."

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Can you pledge to help get Cardiff buzzing?

Join the mission to make Cardiff a pollinator-friendly city by taking theUrban Buzz Pollinator Pledge.

The Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff partnership is asking people to take the pledge to help make Cardiff a city where bees and other pollinators can thrive.

Insect pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies need our help. There are not enough wildflowers in our towns and our countryside, but by increasing the amount of wildflower-rich green spaces in Cardiff, local pollinator populations can recover.

We can all do something for wildlife no matter how small our outdoors spaces. Whether you have a window box, a small garden or a much larger space, there are lots of ideashere.

This is a great opportunity to join in our mission to help Cardiffbecome a pollinator-friendly city and gain the Welsh Government's ‘Bee Friendly' Status.

All our efforts combined will create networks of flowers and a city buzzing with life!

Sign up today: 

The Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is a partnership project delivered by RSPB Cymru, Cardiff Council and Buglife Cymru. This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.