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Roath gets a facelift in clean-up campaign

An image of rubbish on a Roath street

Litter in pedestrian areas will be removed as part of the campaign.

ROATH is getting a facelift this week as Cardiff Council’s Love Where You Live campaign moves through the area.

The campaign moves through eight of Cardiff’s inner-city wards week by week and Roath is next on the list for a clean.

From October 31 to November 4 the city council’s neighbourhood services team is performing a deep clean of Roath’s streets, on top of normal cleaning works.

Workers will be emptying gutters, cleaning street signs, fixing streetlights and potholes and removing fly-tipping.

Roath councillor Daniel De’Ath praised the campaign for highlighting the work being done by the council since Labour came to power.

Coun De’Ath said: “Love Where You Live is a great campaign designed to highlight the action we’re taking to keep the city clean and to thank the dozens of civic-minded volunteers in our communities who help make that happen.”

“When Labour came into office in 2012 the Lib Dems had left Cardiff with the dirtiest streets in Wales and we’ve worked hard, despite Lib Dem and Tory austerity, to turn things around.”

“In our last budget Cardiff Labour also invested more money in street cleansing and waste enforcement; to take action against those who make our streets dirty in the first place.”

Monday saw teams working on Oakfield Street and Partridge Road, while on Tuesday teams were working on Elm Street.  

Crews will be on Oxford Lane and Wordsworth Avenue on Wednesday, with operations taking place on Talworth Street, Byron Street and Crofts Street on Thursday.

Friday’s clean-up will take place on Rose Street, Lily Street and the bottom part of Plasnewydd Road.

A map showing which streets will be cleaned on which day.

The streets in Roath that will be cleaned. M represents streets being cleaned on Monday, Tu for Tuesday etc. (Credit: Cardiff Council)

Coun De’Ath also praised the work done by local people to combat street litter.

“Additional bins added along Albany Road and City Road, along with the splendid work of local volunteers like Keep Roath Tidy, will help made a real difference to our neighbourhoods.”

However, other councillors have criticised the campaign for not going far enough as many streets in the area will remain uncleaned.

Robin Rea, Liberal Democrat for Plasnewydd ward said: “I’m pleased the blitz is coming to Roath this week; I live here, I love it, and I want it to be cleaner!”

“Clean streets should be just the minimum of what residents can expect, but that hasn’t been the case for the past four and a half years. This Labour council can’t even get the basics right.”

“What’s more, the planned rate of these deep clean weeks mean that it will take nearly a year to get around Roath, while smaller wards such as Adamsdown will be cleaned more regularly. There is a lack of joined-up thinking.”

“The Liberal Democrats would clean up Cardiff by scrapping the bulky waste charge, keeping Wedal Road open and ensuring regular street sweeping after waste collections.”

The campaign will return to Roath in eight weeks.

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