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Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostTue May 21, 2019 5:06 pm

Planning has been submitted for a Zip wire from the St David's hotel to the Norwegian church:


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostTue May 21, 2019 6:40 pm

Epic. This will be brilliant.


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostSun Jun 16, 2019 10:38 pm

Russell T Davies lives in the neighbouring apartment building, and has been vociferous in the media. He claims the noise generated by people screaming as they descend the wire will prevent him from writing.

Therefore, I think we should welcome this proposal with open arms....


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostMon Jun 17, 2019 2:18 pm

I quite like the zip wire proposal but don't begrudge Russell T Davies, Andrew Davies and others objecting the having the noise outside their windows.

To be fair, Russell has done far more for Cardiff's economy and to promote the city globally than a Zip Wire ever will.


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostMon Jun 17, 2019 8:13 pm

I'm not sure how much time Russell spends in Cardiff these days. I thought he was mainly Manchester based.

I agree entirely with Hal though. Those Cardiff-based episodes of Doctor Who were transfomative for the city's image and the Roath Lock and Bad Wolf studios have become important economic drivers.


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostMon Jun 24, 2019 5:30 pm

Russell's objection:

I wish to object to these zip-wire plans.

Noise is a problem, the footfall is a problem, the lights are a problem, the generator is a problem, the drones are a problem. But I believe my fellow residents of Ocean Reach have compiled these complaints in great detail, and I stand with their objections.

My problem is this. The Socio-Econmonic report (SER) states "There are few residential properties immediately fronting this part of the waterfront.... "

Mine does. My property does. My property will be facing a seven-day-a-week zip-wire with 48 people an hour whizzing past my home and screaming for six months of the year.

Are you kidding?

I write for living. I'm a television scriptwriter; I brought Doctor Who to Cardiff in 2005; the BBC Studio, Roath Lock, across the Bay, was built under my aegis. That facility brings, from Doctor Who alone, £24m of business per annum to Cardiff. But you're now suggesting that I sit, in my Cardiff home, and write, with 48 people an hour flying past, screaming, for six months of the year.

This is a residential area. Your entire application confuses Mermaid Quay with Havannah Street. Mermaid Quay is indeed busy and bustling and fun, but that's not where I live. The words Mermaid Quay are not on my postal address, nor on the address of the St David's Hotel. Crucially, Mermaid Quay and Havannah Street have different postcodes. So all your calculations for Mermaid Quay, in terms of noise, population and accessibility, are irrelevant.

Your Accessibility Assessment at 6.1 refers to this as a "one-off event." One person screaming past my windows would be a one-off event. It could even be fun! But 48 people per hour, 8 hours a day for 24 weeks equals a grand total of 64,512 events. That's 64, 512 events. Let me say it again. 64,512 people. Whizzing past my flat. Screaming. While I am working.

This is impossible. I welcome an opportunity to present my objections to you in person, or on camera.


Russell T Davies


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostFri Nov 08, 2019 1:51 am

Zip wire planning application now marked as "withdrawn" on the planning portal. They were still selling tickets up to last week for next year, with assurances to callers that it would be approved this month. Let's hope people can get their money back.


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostFri Nov 15, 2019 9:07 am

BBC reporting that St David's Hotel don't support the plan, city zip disagree. Threats of legal action - from a company selling tickets for something without planning permission.

Absolute shambles.


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostFri Nov 15, 2019 10:29 am

great thing its cancelled what a stupid idea a zip wire was!


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Re: Cardiff Bay Zip Wire

PostMon Nov 18, 2019 3:05 pm

Tend to agree it was a stupid idea. It's nowhere near those flats that Russel T Davies occupies at all though is it? "Flying past my window" was a real distortion of the facts

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