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 – Gill Griffin
Party – Plaid Cymru
Ward – Llandaff North
Twitter – @plaidystumtaf
Facebook – Llandaff North Voice
How can people get in touch with you? – Llaisystumtaf@gmail.com
Tell us about yourself
I am a Welsh speaker and have lived in Ystum Taf for 32 years. I was born in Pembrokeshire and left school at 18 to train as a nurse in Cardiff. I have also lived in Caerffili, Birmingham and Splott, as well as 8 months as a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. I have two children who both live in Cardiff. I was an active member of Plaid Cymru when I lived in Caeffili; I also became very involved in the anti nuclear movement. I abhor nuclear weapons and am opposed to nuclear power. Apart from work I spend time on my allotment which is a community in itself. My other important interest is singing in Côr y Gleision / Cardiff Blues Choir and follow Cardiff Blues Rugby team, as well as Wales of course! I love travelling and reading; there are still many places on my bucket list to see – finances allowing!
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
The build up of rubbish along out streets , and the potholes in our streets and lanes . The neglected bowling green and tennis courts in Hailey Park. Over development in terms of housing estates which has a negative impact on transport, traffic, GP services and schools.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
Llandaff North and the canal, followed by the Castle Grounds, accessed via the cycle path, because of the people and the beauty of the environment. Another favourite place is the Sherman Theatre which puts on so many great plays and shows.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
People need to feel it is worthwhile contacting their Councillor to highlight issues . This means prompt response to questions and prompt action as soon as is possible. False promises will not give people faith in the political system. Young people’s views on local as well as national issues could be sought via youth clubs, schools and social media. Involvement with residents associations, holding hustings, surgeries are also important.
What’s your favourite film?
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
Endeavour to effect the 7 pledges in Plaid Cymru’s Manifesto. Locally this will include upgrading the Tennis Courts in Hailey Park, widening the cycle path to accommodate cyclists, individual and family walkers. Road Sweepers and more bins to keep our streets clean. Improving the reliability of the bus service through Llandaff North. Promote the uptake of allotment rentals. Promote the inclusion of young people in community issues.
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
By holding regular surgeries. Maintaining the Llandaff North Voice newsletters and inviting people to contact me with any concerns. Make phone numbers and emails available to residents at the library/the Hub, GP surgeries and local shops.
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
The misguided development of our green field sites. Zero hour contracts which keep people struggling to survive, and the unfair bedroom tax . Companies that make decisions to increase rents on outlets, close local pubs and music venues with no consideration of the effects on Cardiff families, communities and on employment.
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
Promote Welsh language education according to demand. Promote dyslexia friendly schools to ensure dyslexic children are not disadvantaged. End the development of our green field sites. Encourage provision of solar panels on all new builds. Campaign for free parking at UHW for staff and visitors.
Any final comments?
Let us all work for an improved Cardiff that is worthy of becoming a Capital of Culture. Diolch yn fawr.