Good news from the site - and time to choose a name!
Last time we saw you all was back in February where we had a packed house to finally share the plans for the site.
February seems a world away now as I type this, sitting here hot and sweaty and wearing my lockdown uniform - respectable top, grotty old joggers. We've been delighted and inspired, if not enormously surprised, to see Splott and Adamsdown spring into action over the past few months, with generosity and creativity apparent on every street. Cardiff was recently found to be the most community-minded city in the UK (in a survey by Just Eat mind you, so don't get too excited) and our own community have played a massive role in that. We are even more excited, if that's even possible, to see where this project leads us all, together.
As we won't be able to take you all on site for a little while longer Becca has done a little video tour so you can see how it's looking right now...
Ooh, big onion.
We've been busy behind the scenes over the last few months - and we're thrilled to be able to share not one, not two but THREE bits of good news with you, plus an additional exciting announcement about the site name...
The good news part 1:
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We're through to the second stage of a funding application to engage a part time youth and school engagement officer for three years. While there's no guarantee that we'll get the funds, this is a journey we're all on together and we're keen to share this progress so you know what we've been working on. If successful, this funding will allow us to welcome every primary and secondary school pupil to the project, and make sure they have a say in what we do and how we do it at each stage of the site's development.
The good news part 2:
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We have been invited to continue to the second stage of the National Lottery Community Fund People and Places grant application! This is the largest chunk of funding we are seeking for the project and, if we're successful, it will cover the installation of pretty much everything on site plus staff and project costs for the first three years! As above, reaching the second stage is by no means a guarantee that our application will ultimately be successful but it's a pretty exciting step for us as we'd already applied twice and never made it past the first stage. We now have about 3 months to prepare the second stage application and we're working with the project advisory group to start bringing all the information we need together - if you have fundraising or business planning experience and you'd be willing to volunteer your time to support this then we'd love to hear from you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org The good news part 3:
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Planning permission for the site has been granted! The plans we shared with you back in February have been approved and we will be able to use the site as we hoped. This is an enormous milestone and we couldn't have got there without you - thank you for coming to the consultation events, answering endless questions, sharing your brilliant ideas, completing surveys, sending messages of support, reading the newsletter - thank you.
The site needs a name... it's over to you!
During the consultation period we've asked you to suggest names for the project and the time has finally come to choose a winner! We've gone back through your suggestions and created a shortlist based on the names suggested multiple times and the ones with the most ticks, lovehearts, smiley faces and positive comments around them! The choices are...
Common Ground/ Tir Cyffredin
Railway Gardens/ Gerddi Rheilffordd
Pick your favourite and click HERE to vote, voting closes on July 15th.
We are now working on the next phase of the site design. Our architects are busy creating manuals with the help of a structural engineer that will allow us to build many of the structures on the site with our community, learning and sharing skills as we go. We are also moving forward with our sustainable urban drainage application as well as further technical drawings that need to be completed before we can start any ground works on the site.
In the meantime we will be working on the funding applications above and beginning to think about some socially distanced activities that could take place on the site while it's still a big blank canvas - let us know if you have any ideas! We'll be sharing some more details and a budget breakdown for the National Lottery Community Fund bid as soon as possible so you can see exactly what we're asking for and why.
As always, we'll be keeping you up to date via the project newsletter, this blog, and hopefully some more virtual catch ups - at tonight's night's zoom catchup we had a quiz and were pleased to crown Lynne Thomas of Inksplott and Angela Bullard of Splott Community Volunteers as joint Queens of Splottsdown for their excellent local knowledge!
However, if you have any questions or suggestions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in touch. - Becca and Hannah