As you may know, there is an LA consultation in place regarding the proposals to create 92 pay and display parking spaces along the length of Lloyd George Avenue in Butetown for visitors to the city centre and the Bay. You can view the details of this here
Whilst the following does not represent the views of the Parochial Church Council or congregation of St Mary’s, this is my personal response sent to the LA:
Butetown – Lloyd George Avenue Pay and Display Consultation
Thank you for giving residents and others the opportunity to comment on the proposed plans for Lloyd George Avenue.
I accept that the stretch of road is often quiet and not used as much as anticipated when it was built. However, from the outset, I view the plans as a disappointingly uncreative and a simplistic reimagining of the space available. The plans will effectively create a long stretch of car parking throughout the length of Butetown for visitors to the City Centre and the Bay.
Whilst it may achieve the purposes of calming traffic, particularly those who may be prone to speeding and driving in a dangerous and antisocial way, there is the potential that, in providing 92 car parking spaces more cars will be attracted to the area and actually increase traffic in Butetown whilst having little positive impact on its residents or community life. There are, of course, other ways in which traffic calming can be achieved.
I note that the green space along the stretch of Lloyd George Avenue will not be affected. However, in reviewing what the LA does with this stretch of road, perhaps this is an opportunity to extend the green space into the area currently used by south-bound traffic (which your proposed plan will utilise for two-way traffic).
More trees could be planted and the natural environment further enriched which will benefit both local residents and visitors to the city, and also increasing the bio-diversity of our city. It will provide an enhanced walking experience for visitors to the Bay and a stimulating environment for residents.
I’m also concerned that the community of Butetown is being utilised simply for the benefit of those who do not live here, and I hope that the LA will be sensitive to this present and growing concern which exists within the community and hope that, in the future, there can be an increased integration between the needs of a growing City and its local communities.
Fr Dean Atkins