We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.Follow @mycardiffnorth
Name – Dominic Eggbeer
Party – Liberal Democrats
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – cardiffld.org.uk
Twitter – @cardifflibdems
Facebook – cardiffld
How can people get in touch with you? – Via the Cardiff Lib Dems Twitter site or Facebook. Post a question in relation to Tongwynlais/Whitchurch.
Tell us about yourself
I’ve lived in Cardiff since 1997 and raised my family here. I moved to Tongwynlais in 2004 and appreciate the diversity of the area, and the way it combines access to the great outdoors and city life. I am passionate about outdoor activities, so living in N Cardiff provides excellent access for my family and I to escape, play in the mud, and enjoy the surroundings. I work at Cardiff Met Uni helping to pioneer new ways of using design in surgery and prosthetic procedures. My work enables me to collaborate with fantastic people in the NHS and private sector. It’s a rewarding position that enables my team and I to overcome complex healthcare challenges which leads to improved outcomes for patients and the efficiency of procedures. I got involved with the Liberal Democrats since I hold the values of fairness, openness and tolerance dear. My day job reinforces the strength collaboration can bring to solving issues; I seek to apply the same principles in politics.
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
I see one of the major issues being congestion. The roads through Tongwynlais and Whitchurch are extremely busy at peak periods, which is dangerous, and polluting. Cardiff has become a gridlocked city during rush hour, causing commuter misery, wasted time, pollution and stress. N Cardiff is a superb place to live, with a fantastic community feel, but the blight of traffic needs to be addressed. Evidence supports the need for better public transport networks, improved infrastructure for cycling/walking (we’re blessed with the Taff Trail running near/though the area) that will give people a more viable option to choose a less impactful way to work. Complemented by changes in the way businesses offer flexible working, secure cycle parking, better-designed cycle parking, improved trains and other changes, we could help to reduce the misery of through traffic congestion. Other issues include littering, burglaries and relatively low levels of anti-social behaviour. I look to residents to highlight other problems.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
1 favourite place is hard to pick! I love Forest Farm, but also the woods behind Castle Coch. I can spend many family hours in just these areas. I also love all of the fields and parks sandwiched between the city centre and the A48.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
Politicians often have a bad reputation for being self-serving. For that to change, people need to be listened to; people/parties that more accurately reflect the values of community, fairness and empowerment need to be elected. At the macro scale: a) Ensure politicians more accurately reflect their constitutions (the political class is currently out of touch with the people they purport to represent). b) Stop the lies and blame culture, which have become so prevalent in politics. C) Ensure the media have a free and, importantly, balanced voice. At a local level, people need to be made aware that politics affects everything and that they have the power to change for the better. Community meetings and social media could play an important role in ensuring politics is accessible by all. Politicians and politics should also be geared up to ensure the long-term health, wealth and environmental interests of our people. Engaging younger generations is therefore extremely important. Ensuring that near-to-voting age people are well informed about the importance of political engagement is also crucial to ensure that they vote.
What’s your favourite film?
Ex Machina is a recent favourite.
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
Addressing issues of traffic congestion by working with the Cardiff Active Travel plan, promotion of a better infrastructure and public transport system are an immediate priority. This will help to ensure our communities are safer and environment more pleasant. I would also ensure that new housing developments and other major infrastructure changes that affect the area are properly scrutinised for local impact. N Cardiff is an area targeted for house building, yet the infrastructure is not equipped to accommodate the increases in traffic. I would also seek to protect our green spaces and ensure the value of parks and social areas are maintained for all to enjoy.
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
I would set up and promote:
- Online surveys (to capture a broad understanding of the issues that affect the area).
- Host regular meetings with residents (to focus on the most important issues).
I would also:
- Provide regular feedback through local meetings, online and social media (to ensure that people are listened to).
- Seek evidence to support decision making (to ensure that decisions are based on well-considered arguments and that people get the best value).
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
Whilst there are numerous local issues affecting Cardiff, one of the primary that affects everybody is road traffic and congestion. We’re blessed with a superb city, fantastic green spaces and huge potential to offer better walking, cycling, public transport, and more intelligently laid out road networks. Enabling people to get around more efficiently and cheaply using alternatives to cars has proven health and productivity benefits. I would get even move involved in the development of Cardiff’s Active Travel Plan to ensure that people have the opportunity to benefit from a better infrastructure system that protects our economy, health and the environment.
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
Cardiff is a culturally and geographically rich place. I would like to ensure that as the capital of Wales, it remains a beacon of liberal values and promotes a sense of community, tolerance, and fairness. I change like to change the way infrastructure was considered in order to protect green spaces, public services, and the rights of people to enjoy the things that are free in life.
Any final comments?
Cardiff is creative, innovative and outward-looking. The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united. We are also the only party that combines economic competence with a plan for strong public services and an optimistic vision for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united. Tongwynlais and Whitchurch deserve a party that will stand up for the rights of the diverse community we live in, protect our environment, and support our economy. The Liberal Democrats are that party. Discover more at http://www.libdems.org.uk/issues.