Canton Community Hall redevelopment
Canton Community Hall redevelopment

Canton residents have two weeks to comment on community hall plans

Council proposal includes centre with green spaces, a games area and homes for older people

CARDIFF Council wants to invest in a new community centre which will include around 40 homes for older people, a games area and green spaces.

“We want to ensure that this important community resource is sustainable and fit for purpose whilst improving the immediate area and providing new homes for older people in the community,” the council outlines in its plans.

The community centre will serve residents, as well as the wider community of Canton and Riverside.

On December 7 a two-week consultation was launched for residents to give their views on the plans.

Once this initial consultation is complete a formal pre-planning public consultation process will begin.

The new community centre would be a redevelopment of the Canton Community Hall (or Hub), off Leckwith Road.

An illustration shared by the council of what the community centre will look like
A google maps illustration of where the centre will in all likelihood be located

The Council proposes to build 40 independent living homes for older people, including one and two-bedroom flats.

These will be built to include shared spaces for communal activities and social events and also offer staff facilities to provide services for residents as well as the public.

The new ground floor of the centre will be accessible to the public, with two flexible multi-use spaces available for community events and activities as well as other facilities.

It will also feature a multi-use games area, which the rendering of the plans reveal to be a pitch that could presumably be used for multiple games such as football and basketball.

As this is particularly popular with young kids, the plans highlight that the space will be designed to minimise noise, while late-night use as well as anti-social behaviour will be discouraged.

To monitor this CCTV cameras will be installed to monitor the games area 24 hours a day.

As the games space will take away parking spots, the council is suggesting that others will be made available locally.

A communal garden will also be installed looking to be used for play, recreation and relaxation, which will also act as a buffer to the main road and parking spaces.