Councillor Survey: David Groves

Describe three achievements that you were instrumental in implementing and that benefited the community.

Social care and welfare

I served as Chairperson of the Community and Adult Services Scrutiny Committee for a year, and served two additional years as a member of the committee – participating in a range of task groups on Affordable Housing, Carers and the impacts of Westminster’s Welfare Reform on the people of Cardiff. As such, I believe that we have done our very best, as a Council, to maintain the essential social fabric of social care in Cardiff, even at a time when the Cardiff Council’s budget has been savagely cut by the Westminster Government. Writing as a disabled person, I am very conscious that, changes by the Westminster Government to Employment and Support Allowance will result in a loss for new claimants of £1.560 per year; and Personal Independence Payment changes will make it more difficult for disabled people to receive the financial help and support which they need to lead dignified, decent and inclusive lives. Labour Councillors will do all that they can to protect those in need!

Cold Call Control Zones

We have successfully established Cold Call Control Zones for the whole of Tongwynlais; and the Hollybush Estate; and, worked with existing resident groups in achieving the same in Pendwyallt Road and Heol y Forlan, in Whitchurch. Cold Call Control Zones help to empower and protect residents from Rogue Traders and nuisance door-step callers. Political canvassers are not included in the restriction.

Pedestrian and road safety improvements

Amongst other things, through working with the local community, we have recently seen the new, improved, halogen heads fitted to the pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Pendwyallt Road; and following concerns about traffic speed, a Driver Feedback Sign has also recently been installed and activated on the same road.