We received 27 nominations for 20 lanes throughout Grangetown and established a resident-led oversight committee to develop the criteria for lane selection.
Residents who nominated a lane were asked to answer six questions and send in a photograph of the lane in question. This enabled the oversight committee get a clearer picture of the lanes and their possibilities for transformation:
- What is the name of your lane and which two streets does it intersect?
- Is your lane gated or open access?
- Does your lane require vehicle access?
- Are there any commercial properties on your lane?
- Do the houses on your street have back gardens?
- What is your nearest play area?
We also asked Grangetown resident to send us photos of ‘concrete corners’ or disused spaces in Grangetown that may be ideal for small transformation projects. If you see or know of such a space, please take a photograph and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or pop it on Twitter, tagging @CommunityGtwy and using the hashtag #GtownPlayLanes
Here is the latest map of nominated lanes, kindly created by Welsh School of Architecture student, Alex Felton:
On the 16th of March, oversight committee members visited each of the lanes and assessed them against a decision-making criteria which included access to nearby green space or parks, vehicular access and commercial requirements.
As a result of the assessment, two lanes were selected as part of the pilot scheme:
- Stockland St & Penhevad St
- Mardy St & Dinas St
Students from the Welsh School of Architecture and our creative partner, Art Shell, distributed creative packs and will hold interactive workshops with residents of the two chosen lanes in July 2021 to develop ideas for the lane.
Each of the other lanes nominated will receive a mini transformation kit in the summer to help residents spruce up their lane. We will also create and distribute practical DIY toolkits listing the approval processes, key contacts, supply chain, costs and timings of the two pilot lane transformations to enable their re-creation across Grangetown. We will look for additional funding and in-kind donations to support future projects.
As a partner in the project, Cardiff University would like to carry out research about the difference improving lanes might make to residents living next to the lane. We would be delighted if you would participate by completing the survey listed below:
Any participation in surveys, interviews or workshops will be voluntary.
For more information on the project and to find out how it began, please click here: https://grangepavilion.wales/projects/play-lanes-pilot/