I worked there contracting in the 90s. I was putting door entry systems in at an area called Bute Town. The City Council idea was to sto things like drug taking, defecating and urinating on the communal stairways.
We had to access the flat blocks' communal meter cupboards. That required shovelling out the crap the residents had thrown in there. Rotting fruit, meat etc. About waist to chest high.
As we worked there we watched some local Welsh each week arrive to clean up after the Bute Town locals. I refer, of course, to the refuse collectors who arrived with shovels and a gulley sucker it seems as a matter of course. After clearing the waste from the pavement the gulleysucker would move in to clear the drains of the detritus from the weeks rubbish washed into them.
Mockingly about forty yards away were the pristine unused bins of a waste transfer system. Bottles, paper, etc etc.
We often heard the Bute locals say to their offspring (who gathered on the street in the mid afternoon to join up with the collarless pit bulls who ran loose) "Remember you are Somali"
One day we were commissioning and wearing radios on belts. That got some trouble. A large black gentleman drew up in a Transam and asked "Can I help you officers". He thought we were plain clothes South Wales Police and he was sure no permission had been properly sought to enter his territory.
On leaving the contract we were told that the City inspector had written that we did a high standard of work except for leaving the meter cupboards in a bit of a mess. It was explained that this was Cardiff humour as it was well known what the meter cupboards are like on that area of flats.
So that is Cardiff. Host to the country's longest established ethnic minority community and, therefore, exemplar of multiculturalism.
It cost £400,000 to produce the Olympic logo.
It cost £250,000 to produce the NHS logo.
Nottingham spent £120,000 to redesign its logo which changed nottingham to Nottingham (honest, just gave it a capital N)
So yes, definitely in the wrong job. The 40 grand for the Cardiff one seems a bit of a bargain, really.
This is a problem across the UK. Liverpool the capital of gun culture, Manchester, Newcastle, East London, Glasgow etc..they're all dumps. Why only ask what's the point of Cardiff when there's a multitude of 'population centres' deserving of that question?
The bay's nice, as are certain suburbs and Penarth. Other parts have been redeveloped but Cardiff still has the same assortment of vagrants, clowns, chavs, plebs and all round c**nts. The Cardiff accent is one to be desired, but then the same goes for the Liverpool accent. Perhaps this had something to do with the mass influx of Irish at one time. Strange since the Irish accent is pleasant to thy ears.
I would say the same of England and Scotland. But then we both have enough sense to know that urban decay is confined to the city scapes not the country. Tea and alcohol were especially popular in those days
This is totally disgusting and i am totally ashamed of the Welsh Assembly for wasting so much money .
This money could have been spent on veterans who needed medical treatment .
The problem in wales is they dont ask what the people think about such projects the people in the welsh Assembly just go ahead and do it with out consulting any of the people who live in wales