Council’s U-turn on plans to sell off woodland close to one of Cardiff’s busiest roads

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Cardiff council has changed its mind about auctioning off a “woodland haven” close to one of Cardiff’s busiest roads.

The woodland separates a residential area from the busy A48 Eastern Avenue in Cardiff.

The plot of land at the bottom of Flaxland Avenue near the University Hospital of Wales and Gabalfa interchange is owned by Cardiff Council and was originally due to be auctioned on December 11.

However, after over 2,300 people signed a petition opposing the sale, the council has decided to halt the auction while it “considers its potential uses”.

But although the council has changed its mind about auctioning off the land next week, it does not mean the land is safe from sale indefinitely.

Mother-of-two Rachelle Trubey lives on Flaxland Avenue and started the petition after she became aware of the council’s plans to auction off the land.



The woodland

She claims that not only does the woodland provide a buffer for sound and pollution for those living on the street, it is also home to lots of wildlife.

Rachelle said: “Whilst this is good news, the petition had two aims; firstly to stop this sale and secondly to protect the land from anything like this in the future.

“We’re relieved but know this is only the first step. We want the council to meet with us and to communicate. We need commitment to protecting the area.”

Rachelle said auctioning off the land is going against what Cardiff Council claim to be its ethos on the environment.

“Cardiff have declared a climate emergency but areas like these need to be recognised for what they are.

“So many urban trees have been lost in the city and getting rid of this land is another example of losing natural habitat,” she said.

The petition, which has only been live for less than a week, has already gathered thousands of signatures.

“You could see people were really passionate about it, it has grown so much in such a short period of time,” she said.

“We are still asking for people to sign the petition – we really need to make sure the area is protected in future.

“The next step is to meet with the council to discuss their future plans and make sure the land is protected.”

Cardiff Council leader Huw Thomas confirmed the postponement on Twitter. He said: “My understanding is this land was due to be sold to the NHS, but when they pulled out, it went to auction by default.

“I’ve asked for this to be stopped now so cabinet can consider the best use for the land.”

Russell Goodway, the council’s cabinet member for investment and development, said: “Just to confirm that I met with the council’s estates team earlier and the land in question will not now go forward for auction on 11 December pending further consideration of its potential uses.”

You can sign the petition here.



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