Cardiff Lib Dems say the Labour council’s much-hyped music strategy is descending into farce as the Tramshed music venue faces the threat of a block of flats being built on its land.
Cardiff Lib Dems are calling for an explanation about what the managing director of the developer, DS Holding, meant when he said that the suggestion of flats is 'what Cardiff Council want.'
This comes after venues at Womanby Street have come under threat and venues at Guildford Crescent closed.
Commenting, Lib Dem spokesperson on strategic planning Cllr Emma Sandrey said:
“Cardiff’s Labour leader was happy enough to flaunt their music strategy but all the fine words need to be backed up by action. If a strategy can’t even protect one of the city’s best music and community venues then what’s it there for?
“If flats are, as the developer claims, ‘what Cardiff Council want’, we need some answers. Why did he say this? Who encouraged him in this view? What does it say about this administration’s priorities?
Cllr Rodney Berman, lead Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for South Wales Central said:
“As the city emerges from Covid-19, we want to see Cardiff take the opportunity to reimagine how this city and its economy works. We will be on the side of small, local artists and venues and the residents who enjoy and benefit from their creativity.
“That’s what an effective music strategy does.”