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Home / Latest News / Llandaff fields saga sees new twist as local cricket club switches sides

Llandaff fields saga sees new twist as local cricket club switches sides

A cricket club that spent two years backing plans to build a sports centre on Llandaff Fields has walked away from the project to support its opponents.

Cardiff Gymkhana Cricket Club had hoped to be part of the plans of Llandaff Fields Community and Sports Trust. 

But they jumped ship after being told by Clwb Rygbi president Martyn Williams – one of the scheme’s leading lights – there would be no facilities for them to use in any final project.

The trust has not submitted its latest plans to Cardiff council but it is thought they could include an access road, car park, sports ground and a bar for 600 drinkers.

On Tuesday representatives from the cricket side met with Llandaf Fields People’s Hub campaigner Nerys Lloyd-Pierce. The hub is the group fighting the trust’s ideas.

Cardiff Gymkhana Cricket Club chairman Masood Ahmed explained why the club joined the opposition.

He said: “The people’s hub is inclusive. It’s also democratic and it is transparent. I think that it tries to get equal opportunities as well.

“We found them to be very sympathetic and willing to engage with the community to address concerns and aspirations of various groups in a proper manner.”

The cricket club had their first dealings with Martyn Williams about two years previously but now feel their needs would be better addressed by the Hub

“We got along with [Mr Williams] out of respect because he was taking a leading role and doing it all voluntarily, because a lot of people would not give up their time for nothing.”

“[But] we have not made any progress whatsoever in two years,” Mr Ahmed said.

The cricket club, which has been trying to secure a permanent home since 1997, sent their resignation from the group to Mr Williams after he wrote in an email that “plans will not comply with cricket requirements.”

Ms Lloyd-Pierce confirmed they had met with the cricket club.

She said: “They were with Martyn Williams previously but they have now joined us.

“They saw the publicity and they decided that maybe they would get more with us because our approach is inclusive and we want to meet everyone’s needs without trashing the fields.”

She said the cricket club only required “a low impact building.”

“They don’t need all the stuff like parking and a bar, that Martyn Williams wants,” Ms Lloyd-Pierce said.

Yesterday Mr Williams could not be reached for comment.

But in an email seen by to the Echo he wrote: “We are going to have a tough battle on all fronts.”

This was because “those opposed, are opposed to everything.”

Last week about 125 people attended a Llandaf Fields People’s Hub meeting at Cathedral Road’s Wallich Centre to discuss how to respond to the trust’s plans.

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