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Name – Jennifer Burke Davies
Party – Labour
Ward – Llandaff North
Website – llandaffnorthlabour.org.uk
Twitter – @jenb_davies
Facebook – llandaffnorthlab
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Tell us about yourself
I moved to Cardiff 7 years ago, when I was working for Remploy. I met my husband, Ceri, not long after and we settled in Llandaff North, where my husband is from & went to school. My career has been spent in Welfare to Work, working across various contracts in West Yorkshire & Wales that have sought to assist people with complex barriers such as long term unemployment, disability, debt, learning difficulties or health conditions to return to sustainable work. Within this remit, I have worked directly on Department of a Work & Pensions contracts such as Pathways, Workstep & Flexible New Deal in addition to devolved contracts such as Jobs Growth Wales, Traineeships & Apprenticeships through the South East Wales valleys. This experience has been absolutely invaluable in enabling me to build relationships with individuals and I feel would directly benefit my ability to carry out casework on behalf of constituents in the Ward. In my spare time, Ceri & I enjoy walking our Miniature Schnauzer, Pretzel, through Hailey Park, I’m currently trying to learn Welsh, albeit slowly! And I’ve always particularly enjoyed photography although Ceri is much better it than I am!
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
From campaigning in the last 6 months & meeting residents around the Ward, every street is different but what we hear more often is speeding, car parking, pot holes and improvements to Hailey Park.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
Llandaff North! There’s a great community feel here thanks to the residents who live & work here, it’s wonderful to have Hailey Park & the Taff Trail on our doorstep. There’s a great convenience to living here with transport into town being regular but with the benefit of not feeling like you’re living in a city. There are good schools and overall it’s a safe, quiet and welcoming place to live. I love that I know a lot of my neighbours too.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
I think it’s a two way street for residents and local politicians to come to the table together. Councillors should be visible & approachable, I think this is achieved with regular surgeries and being open to contact from constituents but residents have to be able to know where they can find you & when which is why I think it’s really helpful Councillor Dilwar Ali has taken up surgeries at the new Hyb. Residents should be listened to through consultation, ultimately action taken in a ward affects them and, where possible, the consultation process should be as accessible as possible to inform the decision making process. I think the internet/twitter is a great tool but shouldn’t replace what can be achieved through face to face communication and open dialogue.
What’s your favourite film?
You’ve Got Mail or The Departed!
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
Speaking to residents throughout the Ward has informed our manifesto, we have committed to improving the Schools in our local community and this begins with an £8million investment into Gabalfa Primary/Ysgol Glan Ceubal. We’re committed to improving our parks and work has already started on clearing the Bowling Green in Hailey Park making way for the second phase. We’re committed to ensuring all pavements and roads are resurfaced across Llandaff North, we support the Safer Roads and “20 is plenty” campaigns, which will help improve traffic around the schools in the ward. We are committed to working with Keep sealed Tidy & Cardiff Council to ensure our streets are free of litter and well maintained. Dilwar & I are committed to continuing to hold regular Advice Surgeries in the Ward where residents can speak to us about their concerns and we can deal, effectively, with casework. The Cardiff Labour Manifesto is also available online: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qvdaduurm7huh3f/Cardiff%20Manifesto%20Amendment%20Digital.pdf?dl=0
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
I would seek to improve our visibility to constituents, we have quarterly newsletters that reach every household in the ward but Facebook & Twitter is more immediate and also gives residents a means to contact us directly. Additionally, I’d be available by phone, email or face to face at surgeries – similarly, I’d never discourage someone from saying hello if they saw me in one of the shops or the rugby club!
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
I’d like to be involved with housing & education, infrastructure – there’s so much! One thing affects the other really – for instance housing is a big issue nationally, not just within Cardiff, the Cardiff Labour Group has committed to building 1000 new council houses which is fantastic but we desperately need the South Wales Metro in place to support the growth of our city. I’d like to see improved bus & rail services taking pressure off our roads, an improved cycle network. Ideally, I’d like to get stuck into a bit of everything!
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
The weather. Less rainy days! But practically, no city is perfect – I grew up in London & spent a number of years in Leeds before moving to Cardiff and I’ve never been happier anywhere as I am here. Yes the roads can be congested & the rail services require drastic improvement but in the time I’ve lived in this city, I’ve witnessed Cardiff come on in leaps and bounds. I feel incredibly lucky to live here and have the best of all worlds: city, countryside, mountains and sea all within a short distance. There isn’t anything I’d drastically change that isn’t already happening – I feel, soon, we’ll be in a position to compete/work with Bristol, Bath and other cities in the U.K. – I really think we’re heading in the right direction.
Any final comments?
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