Cathays, Blackweir and the City centre area is represented by Cllr Elizabeth Clark and the local Focus team, who work alongside Jenny Willott MP and Eluned Parrott AM.

Your Focus Team has a strong record of action locally and keep in touch all year round through Focus newsletters and can be found on twitter @CathaysFocus.

  • Councillor Jon Aylwin is delighted that Cardiff Council has agreed to improve this area

    The Cathays Focus Team is celebrating the news that major funding has been found for local environmental improvement projects.
    Thanks to funding bids submitted by Cathays Councillors, the Council has agreed to upgrade the public square at the Salisbury Road junction with Miskin Street. Detailed plans will now be drawn up in consultation with local residents and businesses over the next six to nine months.
    Councillor Jon Aylwin said: "We've been fighting to secure funding to improve Salisbury Road for years and I'm delighted that the Council has now made this a top priority. It's great news that even in difficult financial times, Cardiff Council has agreed to continue this popular Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme."
    In recent years the Cathays Focus Team has also secured funds to upgrade the Multi-Use Games Area at th

    Article / Aug 1, 2011
  • The Cathays Focus Team can report that a Cathays' landlord has been successfully prosecuted by Cardiff Council for renting unsafe and unlicensed properties.
    Mr Mohammad Malik was found guilty at a Crown Court hearing of failing to meet fire safety standards and to licence properties in Treherbert Street, Rhymney Street and Salisbury Road. Mr Malik was ordered by the Court to pay fines and costs totalling £7,200.
    Cathays Focus Team campaigner Jon Aylwin told us: "This prosecution sends a strong message to landlords in Cathays that they must ensure the good quality of their houses and apply to the Council for a licence."
    The Council is now considering whether Mr Malik should be disqualified from being able to be a landlord altogether in Cathays. If this happens the Council will revoke all licences granted to Mr Malik and he would have to give the management of his properties to someone else.
    Cathays Councillor Simon Pickard said: "As Liberal Democrat Councillors we are working hard to ensure that rented properties in Cathays are kept in a good condition. Last summer the Council launched a landlord regulation scheme which applies to shared rented houses in Cathays."

    Article / Jul 14, 2011
  • Jenny Willott, Simon Wakefield and Simon Pickard

    The Cathays Focus team has welcomed the news that over 300 local houses have already been licensed in the Council's landlord regulation scheme.

    The multi-year programme will see the Council's housing officers inspect over 1,500 of Cathays' shared rented properties, and bring them up to standard. The funding for the programme is coming from the licence fees which landlords have to pay.

    Cathays Councillor Simon Pickard told us: "This scheme is a major boost for tenants who are often given a raw deal by landlords. Almost all of the houses that have been inspected have needed improvements to meet fire safety standards and increase their security against burglars."

    The licensing programme has also seen the number of formally Accredited landlords treble in just the last year.

    Jenny Willott MP emphasised the value of this for the wider community. "We need landlords to take more responsibility for their properties and for making sure their tenants know the basics, like what day the rubbish collections are in Cathays. That's what the Accreditation training is helping to change.

    Article / Jun 3, 2011
  • The Lib Dems have invested to restore Cathays Library, Labour wanted to shut it.

    New figures show that the refurbished Cathays Library is going from strength to strength!

    Since taking over from Labour in 2004, the Liberal Democrat-led Council has spent over £26 million on improving and building new local libraries. This includes the award-winning Central Library and the new library on Ninian Road, as well as refurbishing and re-opening the Grade II listed Cathays Library.

    Article / Feb 22, 2011
  • Cardiff's Lib Dem-led Council has invested record sums in our local libraries since 2004 ()

    Cardiff Central Library (bottom left) has recently won two awards. These are a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award for design and a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) award for sustainability.
    Local Liberal Democrt campaigner Nigel Howells, who helped draw up plans for the Library, said "I feel very privileged to have played a part in the design and opening of the Cardiff Central Library."
    The Cardiff Central Library is located at the lower end of the Hayes. Books can be borrowed for three weeks. The library has:
    • 90,000 books and 10,000 CDs and DVDs
    • WiFi and a trainer PC
    • A dedicated floor for children
    • Over 90 computers for public use
    • Reading and relaxation area and specially designed music pods - a great way to listen to music.
    • Meeting rooms for hire
    A stunning white grand piano is a new feature in the Library. Competent pianists who wish to play the piano can book a time slot by e-mailing [email protected]
    The library opening times are:
    Monday - Friday 9.00-6.00 (and 7pm on Thursdays) and Saturday 9.00-5.30.
    You can contact the Library by phoning
    029 2038 2116 or by e-mailing [email protected]

    Article / Nov 14, 2010
  • Animal Wall

    Restoration work on Cardiff's famous Animal Wall has finished. The damaged stone work of the wall was carefully cleaned, repaired and conserved. There are 15 different animals. Nine are originals from the 1890s, and six were commissioned between 1925 and 1930.
    During the repair, the anteater's missing nose got replaced as well as the missing glass eyes in the nine original animals. Graffiti will also be cleaned off the back of the wall.
    Lib Dem Councillor Elizabeth Clark said, "The historic Animal Wall is well known to Cardiff and attracts thousands of visitors to the city each year.
    "It is wonderful that the project has allowed our much loved landmark to be restored. I'm pleased that Cardiff Council is supported by both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw on this scheme".

    Article / Nov 3, 2010
  • Liberal Democrat councillors are celebrating the launch of a new scheme which aims to dramatically improve the quality of rented houses in Cathays.
    Under the plans, all landlords will have to apply to the Council to get a licence for every shared house they rent in Cathays. To get a licence, landlords will have to make sure their properties meet high standards in safety, security and energy efficiency. Landlords will also have to demonstrate they are a 'fit and proper person' to be letting properties.
    Cllr Elizabeth Clark said, "This scheme will dramatically improve the large number of rented properties in Cathays. The new rules should also lead to the introduction of better waste storage facilities, and improvements to the external condition of houses."
    The new licensing scheme will initially apply over a five year period, during which over 1,500 properties will be inspected by the Council. The numbers of landlords taking formal landlord accreditation training should also double.
    Lib Dem Councillor Simon Pickard started the campaign to bring in the new regulations almost two years ago. "This campaign has united residents, students and the local Police who have all worked with us to get this scheme introduced. I'm confident it'll make a big difference to the appearance of our neighbourhood, but we know there's still much more to do."

    Article / Sep 1, 2010
  • Lib Dem Councillors Elizabeth Clark, Simon Pickard and Jon Aylwin celebrate the re-opening of Cathays Library.

    The Cathays Focus Team is delighted that the newly-refurbished Cathays Library has opened its doors to the public.
    Work started last September after the Lib Dem-led Council agreed to invest almost £1 million to refurbish the magnificent 100-year old Carnegie Building.
    Cathays Councillor Jon Aylwin: "The library's roof had suffered extensive damage and the entire west wing of the building had to be closed to the public. The whole library has now been transformed and modernised. The new library boasts many more books, computer facilities and improved public toilets."
    Nigel Howells, Lib Dem Assembly candidate added, "This is great news. Many branch libraries in cities across the UK are facing the threat of closure. The Liberal Democrats in Cardiff have made it a priority to invest in local libraries such as Cathays, as well as opening the iconic new Central Library. It's a massive contrast to the previous Labour-led Council which had plans to shut Cathays Library."

    Article / Jul 17, 2010
  • Lib Dem Councillors from Gabalfa and Cathays worked together to win funding for our play area.

    Local Councillors have welcomed the major regeneration of the old tennis courts near the Maindy Centre.

    The Lib Dem Focus Team was key in securing £25,000 funding from Cardiff Council to repair and redevelop the site. The site now includes a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) with two 5-a-side football pitches and a separate area with basketball hoops.
    Cathays Councillor Simon Pickard said: "It's great to see this games area is now proving so popular with people from across the neighbourhood. We made sure that the Council worked closely with pupils at Cathays High to design the new facilities."
    Lib Dem Councillor and Cathays High Governor Simon Wakefield added: "This area had run into disrepair and suffered problems with flooding and graffiti. The drainage problems have now been solved and the Council is talking to Cathays High about their pupils painting some of the walls to reduce graffiti in the future."

    Article / Jul 9, 2010

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