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Name – Linda Morgan
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – wandt2017.wales
Facebook – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais 2017
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Tell us about yourself
I was born in Tongwynlais to Winston & Iris Griffiths where we can trace our family roots back several generations , I married my husband Barrie in St Michaels church in the village we now have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and I have lived most of my life in the village apart for 6 years in Whitchurch as a teenager.
My father Winston was a County councillor for Whitchurch and Tongwynlais for some 20 years and my son Jonathan was a member of The Welsh Assembly for 10 years. As a child I attended Tongwynlais Primary School and upon passing my eleven plus I then attended Caerphilly Girls Grammar school finally going on to The Welsh College of Music & Drama. I have always had a keen interest in politics and community work I have been a community Councillor in Tongwynlais from 1999 and I also served 2 terms as a County Councillor in 2004 to 2012 for Whitchurch and Tongwynlais where I sat on the children and young people’s scrutiny committee. I was also the Education spokesman during my term in office.
During my terms of office both myself and Mike Jones-Pritchard successfully put forward a Notice of Motion to save the music services department situated in Cardiff City. Unfortunately this department has now come under threat once more.
As a musician I am involved in a large amount of voluntary work in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Primary schools. I am also involved in many other voluntary organisations in both villages. I am also the founder of The Castell Coch Choral Society which is now in its 40th year and over this period we have raised many thousands of pounds for local charities. I am the Chair of the Tongwynlais Village Hall committee who are passionately committed to keeping the hall running, I organise both the Summer and Christmas fayres in the village. I am the secretary of The Ton Churches together, and a member of the TON Group.
I attend St Michaels Church in the village where I am leader of the Sunday School and deputy organist. In Whitchurch I am a member of the Whitchurch Community Centre where I was also part of the committee who successfully built the new centre. I chair the Whitchurch and Tongwynlais summer festival committee which was started by my late father Winston Griffiths.
I firmly believe all the organisations I am involved in are extremely important to the wellbeing of all aspects village life.
In my spare time my family, my music and walking are very special to me.
Finally I believe to be able to serve your community you must live in that community. I also agree with the saying if you want a job done give it to a busy person, and if elected I promise to do just that.
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
The main issues that are continually raised are litter, traffic, potholes, parking, dog mess, a lack of facilities for the youth, the rat runs in Whitchurch and the overspill of parking from The University Hospital of Wales. The continual mess around Coryton interchange with road signs left to rot on the grass verges.
Obviously I am very interested in the new Velindre cancer centre and welcome all the benefits for our community.
The additional housing and the undoubted pressures it will have on local schools and the infrastructure as a whole.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
Our villages are wonderful, I also enjoy the parklands, woods and musical centres in Cardiff centre and the Bay.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
To teach young people the difference between The Welsh Assembly and Westminster, to engage more with the general public in a similar way as some people can be confused as to which institution is in charge of a particular department. I think most politicians do the best they can but cannot always achieve everything. It’s very important to keep your promises as the electorate need to be able to trust you.
What’s your favourite film?
The Sound of Music and Ben Hur.
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
If I am elected I will work to put right problems that are effecting the residents of both villages. To try and insure that funding is spent in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais. I believe the libraries are essential to the community in both Whitchurch and Tongwynlais and need to be maintained and sustained.
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
By telephone, Facebook or e-mail. Hold regular surgeries and to continue with my voluntary groups to reach as many residents as possible, put out regular news letters and surveys.
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
Improve standards of education where needed, keep our beautiful city clean to attract more visitors and to improve transport links.
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
To invest more in local areas to ensure we all live in well kept and looked after areas.
Better transport links between Cardiff Centre and the Bay.
Any final comments?
I believe in people before party politics and will work for each and every resident in our villages and the city as a whole.