SHORTLISTED FOR COMMUNITY NEWS AWARD 2020 AND 2019 - WALES MEDIA AWARDS

This is a community website for Grangetown in Cardiff, highlighting people, business, community activities, local news and things to do in the area and linking other websites and blogs.

This voluntary project - in connection with Grangetown Community Action - is the free, independent, online presence of the long-running Grangetown New s community paper, which has been distributed to 6,500 local homes at least twice a year for 40 years.

E-mail us on grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk if you'd like to help, are local or would like to send any contributions for inclusion, or wish to advertise. Also if you'd like to be included FREE in our DIRECTORY,

You can also follow us on Twitter @grangecardiff and look for Grangetown Community Action on Facebook. We have a growing number of followers and are keen to encourage a social network to promote Grangetown community events, activities, issues, businesses and organisations.

Where do better cycling and walking routes need to be?

There is a new website for Grangetown cyclists and pedestrians to give their views on improvements in the neighbourhood and the wider Cardiff area.

The site cardiff.commonplace.is is run by the Council and supported by Welsh Government and will help shape priorities as more people are encouraged to walk and cycle over the next few years.

There is an interactive map on the site, which shows the sorts of comments people are making about road safety issues and suggestions for improving junctions, routes and pavements.

Dafydd Trystan, who is chair of the Active Travel Board, which advises the Welsh Government, is also a Grangetown resident.

"There are quite a few developments already moving forward in Grangetown with Greener Grangetown having had a big impact on the river and discussions ongoing about new pop-up cycle ways such as between Grangetown andSplott, a new bridge of the river to Parc Hamadryad and work on the bridge under the railway on the way in to town," he said.

"But there’s so much more to do to make things safer, particularly for pedestrians, so please have your say and help shape the future of active travel in Grangetown on this new website."

The website is part of Cardiff's 10-year plan to cut traffic congestion and commuting by car into the city, which involves promoting cycling and walking, as well as better public transport, such as the Metro.

Channel View estate masterplan includes river bridge and beach

The masterplan for redeveloping the Channel View estate has been unveiled by Cardiff Council.

Grangetown residents are being asked to have their say on the initial proposals, which include demolishing the 14-storey Channel View tower block and developing low-rise housing for tenants.

As well as building up to 360 new houses and flats, a shop and community hub, some of the more eye-catching details include a new pedestrian/cycle bridge across the River Taff to link the estate to Hamadryad Park and Butetown, as well as a "coastal-themed space" called The Beach along the river's edge.

There would also be communal gardens, an emphasis on green spaces and some of the ideas developed in Greener Grangetown, on the Taff Embankment.

The plan involves 7,500 square metres of The Marl fields being used as part of the development but the council argues it would create 4,500 square metres of open space and the design would be "more user-friendly" than that part of the existing parkland.

The consultation includes a survey for residents, with a deadline of 27 November.

Channel View residents have already been involved in the early stages of the consultation and planning applications are expected to go in by the end of the year.

EVENTS

Sunday 6th December: Light up Grangetown - the big switch on. Help brighten up your street for Christmas by decorating your house/front garden and joining your neighbours (virtually) at 5.45pm at our virtual light switch on #lightupyourstreet. Organised by Growing Street Talk and Keep Grangetown Tidy. See more details here

Saturday 12th December: Grangetown World Market, 10am-2pm, Grange Pavilion. Street market with crafts, designs, vintage and street food outside at the new community venue. More details and stalls line-up here

Saturday 19th December: Grangetown World Market, 10am-2pm, Grange Pavilion. Second of the seasonal street markets with crafts, designs, vintage and street food outside at the new community venue.

Add your Grangetown event here, email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

Looking for Grangetown ideas to tackle traffic

A residents' group is being set up to come up with ideas to tackle traffic problems in Grangetown.

It will feed into a Europe-wide project, set up by aur pollution and transport experts. It is looking for "citizen scientists" to fit monitors on their windows, to record the volume of cars, lorries, cyclists and pedestrians in their street.

Setting up the Grangetown group is local resident Dafydd Trystan, who said it was an opportunity to collect information on traffic and then see what could be done to improve things.

"There'll be plenty of opportunities to volunteer for the project in due course, but we're looking at the moment for a group of local people who might like to bring some ideas together and identify some of the problems we face that the project might help tackle," he said.

An initial virtual meeting was held in October but anyone interested in joining in can still register via the website.

The WeCount project will eventually see a sample of residents fitting sensors to their upstairs window overlooking the street to capture traffic data.

The two-year project, which is being led by Cardiff-based Prof Enda Hayes of the University of Western England in Bristol, will see Cardiff join Leuven in Belgium, Dublin, Madrid and Barcelona and Ljubljana in Slovenia in the research.

Anyone who wants to join up with the Grangetown residents group can send their name and email details to Dafydd Trystan via email dafyddtrystan@yahoo.co.uk


Grangetown News - we hope to be back in 2021

Grangetown News on hold during coronavirus pandemic

Due to the pandemic and the fact we rely on volunteers to deliver the newspaper, we have put plans on hold until early in 2021. In the meantime, we're trying to update our website and social media as often as possible and would welcome any help or contributions.

Our autumn 2019 edition included news on the progress of the £1.6m Grange Pavilion, including an exclusive first interview with the newly-appointed manager. We have features on one long-running shop that has closed - and a new business which has opened. A look behind the scenes at Grange Albion football club - and we will be also catching up (if we can!) with the folks involved with Run Grangetown.

There is also a special farewell message from Grangetown vicar Father David Morris.

There is now an online version here - and we are appealing for volunteer deliverers, especially for streets in North Grangetown and off North Clive Street.

Please email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk or go to our Trello board to register an interest in delivering.

Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It is also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops, venues and pubs and you will be able to view an online version above.

Grangetown News was shortlisted for a community news award in the 2019 Wales Media Awards in what is the publication's 40th year.

The newspaper - with website and social media presence - was chosen by the judges in the community news category. Can we take this opportunity of thanking all our readers, contributors, volunteer deliverers and advertisers for all their help and support over the years.

Now called Grangetown News, the first edition of the new-look 16-page full-colour tabloid newspaper came out in May 2016. Published by Grangetown Community Action, it has been a quarterly magazine format since 1978. In March 2019, it was shortlisted in the community news category in the Wales Media Awards.

Thanks for all those who have contributed and advertised - and also to our volunteer deliverers. If you can help deliver - email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

Should you have a local news story or would like to tell the community about your organisation or school then our paper is a perfect way of reaching people!you are a local business/organisation who would like to advertise to the local community our paper is an ideal place to place an advert.

 Our rates are listed below:
  1/8 page - £40
1/4 page - £70
1/2 page - £110
1 full page - £200
1 full back page - £250

  The Grangetown News is still printed 100% in COLOUR, but is printed in a tabloid format, making your articles and adverts larger than ever! This is a pilot project which will hopefully allow us to increase readership through spreading more positive, local news stories. The editions are 16 pages. All articles submitted should be in a Word document (or jpeg for images / designed adverts - All images to be supplied high-quality 350dpi, colour pictures converted to CMYK) and sent to grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

If you would like to discuss advertising in the Grangetown News, please feel free to contact grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk, or call Ashley on 07572875804.


Grangetown aerial image courtesy: National Police Air Service

As well as more local news stories, there are features on local businesses and also sport. The paper has also been designed by Grangetown residents. Online versions of the features - with more photos - will also be put up later on this website But it's not too late if you want to get involved:

Other Cardiff community websites: Cathays Danescourt Lisvane Pobol Caerdydd Radyr Roath Rumney Splott St Mellons Tongwynlais Whitchurch/Llandaff North

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