What are the biggest changes in your ward over the last 5 years?
I have been particularly delighted by the transformation of Whitchurch Road into a bustling and increasingly trendy location for high-end restaurants and bars. Places like Society Standard, the Mint & Mustard and Cocoricos have given a new lease of life to Gabalfa and residents are now spoilt for choice with a range of interesting independent local businesses on their doorstep. I’d like to think I’ve helped by supporting some of those businesses to come to the area and pushing for investment in the district.
Describe three achievements that you were instrumental in implementing and that benefited the community.
Securing gating of back lanes, as supported by around 80% of residents affected, helping to reduce fly-tipping and crime.
Ensuring that plans for a Cardiff Metro include an aspiration that Mynachdy will have a rail station. The area has had no public transport since their bus was axed, and although there’s still work to be done to make things definite, I think we’re closer than we’ve ever been to having a station serving the ward.
Persuading the council in principle to increase resident-only parking provision. Parking has always been a challenge locally, and I have been campaigning on for my entire 13 years as a councillor. I very much hope that after the elections in May, the plans for 75% resident-only parking in the streets closest to UHW will be taken forward in order that more spaces on residential streets can be used by the people who live there.