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
Tell us about yourself
Cardiff born and bred, father and grandfather with 4 children/step children and 2.5 grandchildren. Sblot, Trowbridge, St Mellons estates before 30 years in Cardiff North. Lived in Llandaff North for 8 years. I run on some Saturday mornings, watch CCFC on Saturday afternoons and always mean to go to the gym. I read a lot. Worked on Community Development and as a Welsh Language activist having developed the Menter Iaith brand. Hoping to put those skills to work for all in Llandaff North. Learnt Welsh as an adult, taught Welsh to adults, currently finishing course on translation but hoping to be a full time councillor. Keen to attract more projects and investment to the area. Community action can lead to many improvments. Gave up supporting Labour some two years ago when they voted for austerity and seemed to forget what they are supposed to be doing.
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
We need to get the basics right. Rubbish and dog mess is a big issue, maintenance of streets and pavements and park facilities. 20 is plenty on our crowded roads and our petition is well supported and has made many aware of the issue. Health, fitness, sport and provsion for young people is key. Inappropriate speculative housing developments will lead to more transport problems so we need to improve train / metro transport and encourage bikes and walking. Local business opportunities need to be supported as well as dealing with social isolation and care needs. Religious groups can and do help with this. Education provides a way forward for all and literacy can open many doors and provide many benefits. Community groups and local businesses can all help with this.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
I love all of Cardiff and couldn’t possibly choose between the river, the parks, town and the bay. The football / rugby / Tafwyl / pubs and restaurants. OK my own house with good food and good company or a good book. Come to that most coffee shops and pubs with the same company or book.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
We need to talk as in listen and answer e-mails and respond to the concerns of all people. Politicians need to be available. We need to be honest. We need to link policy answers to real problems. Social media will help with this but traditional meetings, hustings and papers are needed as well. Our local PACT could work better if the community want it. Young people should get to vote earlier and learn how politics works. All people need to be inspired to take an interest and to vote. Brexit and the SNP show that people can get inspired when the issues appeal to them.
What’s your favourite film?
Pieces of April but not too often. Sorry!
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
We have an extensive Cardiff Plaid maniffesto with 7 pledges and there are details below. Specific ward improvments include, investment in the area, support youth development projects, support for improvements at Hailey Park, 20 is plenty on the roads, more bins and cleaner streets, changes to try to improve parking and traffic problems and campaign for extra rail / metro stop at Gabalfa.
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
Our Llandaff North Voice newsletters are being read and our Facebook page is a lively forum for debate. I believe that people want to know whats going on and want to have a say in a direct informal way. I have provided public feedback on the PACT and community clean up efforts. I would continue to do that as well as regular surgeries to meet residents with my e mail and phone number being available for all. I also use my twitter account to encourage and support all local schools, churches, scouts, parks, community groups and businesses.
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
Cardiff Plaid have an extensive maniffesto with 7 key pledges whuch are all relevant . Management restructure with reasonable wages for all staff. Defend greenfield sites from inappropriate Local Development Plan. Improve transport and sustainable transport. Local housing for local needs. Street cleaners. Investigate questionable financial dealings. Get best Brexit outcome. Bid for status as Capital of Culture. Details available through Llandaff North Voice Facebook or Cardiff Plaid on line.
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
Our main problem at the moment is the destruction of the greenbelt because of the inappropriate Local Development Plan. This allows speculative housing development on a scale that our roads and transport and hospitals cannot cope with. The loss of our perfectly situated bus station, which may or may not be replaced by a much smaller service, is a disaster and the financial risks involved immense. The closure of our local recycling facilities is another disaster. We need to deal with our homeless problem because its a matter of life or death. We need to restore our image as a cosmopolitan welcoming Capital City of Wales. We need to ensure Welsh medium education is available for all but not forget provison in English medium schools. We need to improve education because that’s our future.We need good people to stand up for Cardiff. We need real champions for Cardiff not just football champions.
Any final comments?
Ymddiheuriadau i siaradwyr Cymraeg- apologies to Welsh speakers – I’m more than happy to discuss this in Welsh. I am delighted to see ten candidates providing a real choice in our ward and look forward to reading their answers to these questions. None of us have all the answers and the next councillors should take the best ideas from all sides. Thank you for providing such an excellent forum for information. Apologies for any spelling mistakes. Diolch yn fawr iawn.