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Hundreds marched to save Cardiff's Guildford Crescent

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Hundreds of people marched through Cardiff yesterday in support of the city's Guildford Crescent.

Plans to demolish part of the street, including three businesses, have been put on hold for three months. But the future of independent music venue Gwdihw, the Thai House and Madeira restaurants is still uncertain.

Staff at Thai House have already been sent redundancy letters.

In First Minister's Questions in the Senedd on Tuesday, First Minister Mark Drakeford revealed that Cadw have been asked to consider whether buildings in Guildford Crescent could be listed and are "aware of the urgency".

Following a constructive meeting with the landowners they have now agreed to put their demolition plans on hold while consideration is given to development opportunities in the wider area.

During our discussions I urged the landowners to reconsider their position regarding the termination of business leases held by the current tenants of Guildford Crescent while our talks continue. While the tenancy arrangements are out of the Council's hands, we have re-emphasised the importance of these businesses to this area and their value to the identity of the city.

The Council is very aware of the public concern caused by the potential loss of the Madeira restaurant, The Thai House and the independent, music venue Gwdihw and we are actively working with Gwdihw to help them relocate in the city if the need arises.

– Cardiff Council leader, Cllr Huw Thomas

Save Gwdihw and Guildford Crescent campaigner Daniel Minty says he welcomes the Council's support but is still calling for more reassurance for the businesses.