Cardiff Liberal Democrats have written to the Leader of Cardiff Council and Chair of the Cardiff Music Board calling for urgent action to protect live music venues in Cardiff.
This comes following proposals for residential development above Poundland in Cardiff City Centre, that could have an adverse effect on the ability of the Flute and Tankard. Cardiff Lib Dems have previously called the council's music strategy a farce after the Tramshed came under threat in June.
The letter reads:
We write in to you in your capacity as Chair of the Cardiff Music Board, but also as Leader of Cardiff Council, to express our concern regarding proposals for residential development above Poundland in Cardiff City Centre, that could have an adverse effect on the ability of the Flute and Tankard, situated opposite, to remain a viable live music venue. As you will have no doubt seen, concerns have been raised by patrons of the venue, who have also launched an online petition against the proposed development.
Much has been made of the Agent of Change principle introduced by Welsh Government to protect live music venues from vexatious noise complaints from residential developments that emerge subsequent to the establishment of a live music venue. We also know that yourself and others have made a great deal of building a Live Music Strategy for the city. Yet still these concerns persist, and citizens are clearly not feeling as if enough is being done to protect the live music culture in this city.
We would appreciate it therefore if you could detail for us what the music board intends to do in order to protect and support this venue, and in addition to this what you intend to do as leader of the council to ensure that the Agent of Change principle introduced by Welsh Government is fit for purpose in terms of protecting live music venues in Cardiff.
Should we not be satisfied that the above are enough to protect this venue, then we shall submit a formal objection to this planning application.
Cllr Rhys Taylor, Leader of the Cardiff Liberal Democrat group
Cllr Emma Sandrey, Deputy Leader of the Cardiff Liberal Democrat group