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Project Lead: Adrian Field and Emily Cotterill
Throughout our first term, FOR Cardiff has lobbied Welsh Government, South Wales Police and Cardiff Council on a plethora of city centre issues such as homelessness, antisocial behaviour and Covid 19 support, but we need to do more.
The challenges and threats to a significant proportion of our membership, have never been more poignant than they are now. If the support or financial packages and changes in policy are not significant enough, then the landscape of Cardiff will look very different.
As the representative body for businesses in the city centre, FOR Cardiff will work to position city centres high on government agendas, to ensure that Cardiff remains a vital and viable urban centre for generations to come. An early indicator of our work in this area is our well received Recovery Manifesto for Cities and High Streets, which was launched in advance of the 2021 Senedd elections.
The manifesto outlined 8 priority areas for the Welsh Government to focus on, to ensure that city centres recover sustainably from the pandemic and overcome the challenges they were facing before the pandemic began. facing city centres that were present before the pandemic began. Examples included a large-scale review of business rates, maintaining the benefits of good office environments, whilst transitioning to a blended and accessible working dynamic, and continuing to invest in developing high-quality public transport infrastructure.
To read the manifesto and English and in Welsh please click here.