Disgusted of Llandrindod Wells

A load of hot air from Cardiff council
18/08/2009, 9:35 am
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Disgusted’s beady eye was drawn to this piece in today’s Echo. It’s full of praise for Cardiff council. Exhibit A:

“Cardiff council is one South Wales authority which says it’s helping to lead the way and is committed to making a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2018.”

However, a walk through the butchered heart of the capital suggests there are gaps in Cardiff’s amazing carbon dioxide emissions measures. The areas from the top of Queen Street (by Aneurin Bevan) up to the vast shopping monstrosity that towers over the Hayes have been newly repaved. And yet there is absolutely no designated area for cyclists.

This is in addition to the warren of streets by the church, down to St Mary Street and by the Central Market. Cyclists aren’t allowed on Queen Street during the day. Oh, and there are no cycle paths practically anywhere in the entire city centre. The signs denoting the cycle path coming into the city from the west on Cardiff Bridge have been crossed out.

Is Cardiff Council’s talk about being a ‘sustainable city’ just a load of hot air?