Cardiff’s NosDa Hostel: call to action after discovery of used needles

A COUNCIL confirmed that they were looking into the problem of used needles littering the site of a former hostel.

Cardiff residents have demanded action be taken on the former NosDa hostel – now derelict – on Despenser Street since it became a site of littering and drug use.

The building’s outdoor space, adjacent to the path along the River Taff, in particular, began to deteriorate, with used needles left on picnic benches.

A resident denounced the mess on social media, saying the problem had become “unhealthy and dangerous”.

NosDa announced in March 2020 that it would be closing indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Wales Argus: Rubbish and used needles left on a picnic bench at the site of the now derelict former NosDa hostel in Despenser Street, Cardiff.  Photo: Ted Peskett.  Free for LDRS partnership

Litter and used needles left on a picnic bench on the site of the now derelict former NosDa hostel on Despenser Street, Cardiff.

In November 2020, the company said the hostel was still closed, but added that it plans to reopen in 2021.

The inn remains derelict and according to Companies House, Nos Da Inn is now disbanded.

A spokesperson for Cardiff Council confirmed that notice will be served on the landowner for needles and litter to the front of the property, but added that the council ‘must go through legal process’.

Members of the Cardiff Council ward for Riverside have been contacted for their thoughts on the old hostel.

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