FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here you can find some answers to the questions we're most often asked - but if you don't find what you're looking for then please do get in touch!
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There's an urgent need for housing - shouldn't the site be used for that instead?
We agree - but this site isn't suitable for building homes for a few reasons. Firstly, it's too close to the railway, secondly it's too narrow to allow proper road access, and finally any new homes would be too close to existing houses. Cardiff Council assessed whether the land was suitable for development before leasing it to us.
How are you funded?
Right now - we're not. While Green Squirrel have received various project specific grants for our other activities we haven't managed to secure funding to develop this site yet. This means that all of our work on the project so far has been unpaid. We do have a funding plan and we're submitting applications to a number of funders, seeking feedback from the unsuccessful ones, and exploring other ways to get the project off the ground. If you think you can help us with this then please get in touch.
How will you make sure that the project benefits the whole community?
Green Squirrel is a Community Interest Company - that means that community benefit is enshrined in our legal structure and that, if we ever decided to close the company, our assets will be transferred to an organisation with similar goals and won't benefit us as individuals.
For this project we're aiming to consult with our community as widely as we can. This is an ongoing process and we're always very happy to receive feedback or suggestions. A steering group of around ten local people has been set up to guide and monitor the project's development and ensure that it's supporting the whole community.
I walked past the site and it's looking a bit rough...
We know - unfortunately, we can't start work on the site until three things happen: 1. We find funding to cover design and planning costs. 2. We get planning permission for the site structures. 3. The Japanese knotweed on site is treated. In the meantime, please help us out by reporting any fly tipping or other issues to Cardiff Council.