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‘Why do we have to wait for a royal visit for our streets to be fixed?’

13 Sep 2022 3 minute read
Cardiff Council has been busy carrying out a major clean up operation in the area around Llandaff Cathedral. Picture: Google Maps.

Ted Peskett, Local Democracy Reporter

Cardiff Council has defended a major tidying up operation after some residents complained that it would never have happened if it wasn’t for an imminent royal visit.

Teams have been busy giving the area around Llandaff Cathedral a makeover ahead of King Charles III’s visit this Friday.

As part of the deep clean, potholes are being filled in, weeds are being pulled out and sections of road are being resurfaced.

Whilst some on social media seem excited at the prospect of the new King coming to Cardiff, one question is clearly on the lips of many residents – “Why do we have to wait for a royal visit for our streets to be fixed?”

When the Local Democracy Reporting Service put this question to Cardiff Council, a spokesperson said it is standard practice for resources to be located ahead of “high profile visits”.

A Cardiff Council spokesperson confirmed that the council has a team of staff that carries out deep cleansing exercises in a number of wards across the city.

All streets in the city have routine inspections and repair schedules, but for events where the council expect very high footfall, additional inspections are undertaken to address any interim deterioration of the highway and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors.

The spokesperson added: “These resources have been relocated to Llandaff so that the council can prepare for the up and coming visit of their Majesties, King Charles III and The Queen Consort Camilla, visiting Cardiff on Friday, September 16.

“This is standard practice for all large, high profile visits in Cardiff to ensure the city is ready to host what is a historic event that many of us will never see again in our lifetime.”

Royal visit

The royal couple’s visit to Cardiff will comprise a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral, attended by senior faith leaders from communities across Cardiff.

The Royal couple are due to arrive at Llandaff Cathedral before visiting the Senedd to receive a Motion of Condolence.

This will be followed by a reception at Cardiff Castle which will include a private audience with the King for the First Minister and the Presiding Officer of the Senedd Elin Jones.


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Frank
Frank
17 days ago

Councils spend a huge amount of revenue on themselves, fancy wages, fantastic pensions, expenses etc. Very little is left to fix the roads and other services have to suffer too!!!! Their usual answer is that they spend a massive amount on care services…….. but not as much as they spend on themselves I bet!!

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
17 days ago

Because we are filthy Welsh peasants, it’s fine for us to live in squalor and broken roads just as long as our betters can’t see it.

The contempt those who wish to cling to The English Establishment System hold everyone else in is…n’t at all surprising if you have sat with any of the swine.

David Smith
David Smith
17 days ago

Those the breaks when you’re under occupation by a feudal state.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago

I find most local councils & leaders in Wales are forelock-tugging brown-nosers who live in hope that they’ll receive a gong in the New Years honours list. And whenever there’s a royal visit often gentrify our rundown streets to hide their neglect only for that minor royal to make a fleeting visit before exiting like a dose of salts into their publicly funded Bentley surrounded by police back to England.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
16 days ago

I like how Cardiff Council are not even bothering to deny the fact that they are only doing this ahead of a royal visit!

I hope this opens people’s eyes in Cardiff.

Dewi
Dewi
16 days ago

it’s reminiscent of 19th century Czarist Russia where the poor and delapilated area’s were hidden from the Czar’s view as he passed.

Dafydd y Garth
Dafydd y Garth
14 days ago
Reply to  Dewi

If you hadn’t spelt delapidated as delapilated, Dewi bach, I might not have misread it as decapitated, butt.

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