Welcome to Cardiff! It’s an exciting, friendly city with a whole LOAD of brilliant things going on.
Do you live here? Below are some useful links for residents.
Are you visiting? There are also useful links for visitors.
We have rain, by the way. There’s also some rain. Don’t forget that.
If you’re interested in finding out about particular neighbourhoods, you can click through the categories listed on the left hand side of this page. Alternatively, below are links to some sites of local interest. We hope you enjoy your stay.
LINKS FOR RESIDENTS
FIND OUT WHO YOUR COUNCILLOR IS (they are your representatives on the council – make sure they are representing YOUR views!)
RECYCLING AND WASTE! (Find out when your collections are, order more caddy liners or recycling bags, bulk item collections, household recycling centres)
PARKING, ROADS AND TRAVEL (Order a parking permit, report a problem, pay a parking fine)
LEISURE, PARKS AND CULTURE (Find your local park, museums and galleries, children’s play, information about allotments, find your local leisure centre, book a fitness class)
SCHOOLS AND LEARNING (Local schools, further education services, adult learning)
HOUSING (Applying for housing, housing benefit, private rentals, living in council housing, information for the homeless or those at risk, sheltered housing)
LIBRARIES (find your local library, reserve a book online)
WHO REPRESENTS YOU ON WHAT?
Living in Wales adds an extra layer of confusion onto the already slightly confusing split between services for citizens and who is responsible for them. In England, you have your local councillors and then you have your MP – and that’s it. (There’s also EU law on top of that, but we’ll forget about that for the time being).
In Wales, a bunch of stuff is devolved from UK Parliament to the National Assembly for Wales – that basically means Wales gets to make laws about some things for the people that live here (like education, health, and the environment). These laws are put into motion by the Welsh Government, who decide how the money here is spent. That’s sort of why we have a 5p tax on carrier bags in Wales (although that was actually a Westminster law that was passed sooner in Wales than England, but let’s forget that for the moment).
Want to write to your representatives about an issue? Don’t know who to write to? Try WriteToThem (by the MySociety people).
LINKS FOR VISITORS
Cool places to shop
A while back, we put together this Little Guide to Cardiff. It might be a wee bit out of date now, but still worth a look: The Little Guide to Cardiff
Have I missed anything off? Leave links should publish in the comments below!