What are the biggest changes in your ward over the last 5 years?
A stronger feeling of community evidenced by the very many groups of people meeting together regularly right across the ward. Increases in younger, particularly families, moving into the area. Sadly, council service provision has declined, many pavements and roads need repair, schools need 20 miles per hour speed limits and the beginnings of some fly tipping probably linked to reductions in waste collections.
Describe three achievements that you were instrumental in implementing and that benefited the community.
As chair of the organising committee Rhiwbina Village Events I have seen our community festivals go from strength to strength. The numbers attending has grown substantially each year, those wanting to take part has also increased. The by products of such events is the bringing together of our community, bringing more business into many of our independent shops in the village centre as well as putting Rhiwbina ‘on the map’ across the region. And we all have a great time!
When our library was threatened with closure, as the Local Councillor I led a campaign to challenge that proposal. I chaired the residents’ meeting that voted to run a Community Poll to gauge public opinion on that proposal on this proposal that would be used to challenge the council administration. There was a clear message to keep our library and – We won! It stayed open and has gone from strength to strength
As the Local Authority school governor in Llanishen Fach primary school I work very closely with the school to improve standards and ensure children leave the school having reached their full potential. As the nominated ‘Wellbeing’ governor my role is to make sure both families, children and or staff see me as a sounding board that they can come to chat to in strictest confidence.