Goodbye Bute Park, hello Howells Highway

Despite nearly 2000 votes against building this road for the nebulous 'access' that Cllr Howells won't shut up about, the Lottery Heritage fund is still allowing Cardiff Council to have a very generous grant, of over £3 million, and sadly CADW have backed their opposition down. CADW may still be persuaded to oppose the road, because they were told that the access bridge would reflect the woodland setting. The only thing it is likely to reflect is the slip road to a motorway.

There is much more information and positive action being performed by the tireless Green Grandma. Follow her very active and empassioned blog for updates. I particularly enjoyed the video where a thuggish representative Cardiff's police force threaten her with the Terrorism Act for protesting outside City Hall (I was only following orders, Guv).

I was looking at map of the parkland on Open Street Map, when I notice something which might give an indication of another reason for Cllr Howells to be so very keen to drive 2 lane road through the park.

Below is a picture of Bute park with current road (building in progress) marked in blue (by me, rather sloppily, sorry)

This next picture is what may have been going through the minds of the councillors in charge of Culture, Leisure and Parks (with Mr Howells is the execute member, what a lot of paperclips he must shuffle).

Now, wouldn't that road be handy for cross town traffic. Largest uninterupted park in northern Europe, lets see about that. Welcome to the Howells Highway, transporting you from Corbett Rd to Sophia Close in under 2 minutes; wave at the daffodils from the comfort of your air-conditioned multi-purpose vehicle.

I would like to stress that the second image is only an artists impression. I have not verified whether Cllr Howells could actually identify Bute Park on a map of Cardiff.